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Grand Valley State University
|List Affiliations:||Reviewer for H-Southern-Lit
|Interests:||American History / Studies
Environmental History / Studies
Immigration History / Studies
I have recently completed my Ph.D. in English at Western Michigan University and am currently working as an adjunct professor in the English Department at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI, where I teach a variety of introductory and upper-level undergraduate literature courses.
My areas of specialty are American Literature, with an emphasis on the literature of the American South and the works of southern women writers, and Modern British Literature. I am also interested in environmental writing and education, immigrant writing, the history of the book and the development of public libraries, archival research, museum and material culture studies, the digital humanities, and war as it is depicted in fiction, nonfiction and poetry. I am particularly interested in the impact of the American Civil War, World War I, and the Vietnam War, and much of my teaching, research, and writing has focused on the history and literature related to these conflicts.
My dissertation, which traces the literary models that influenced Margaret Mitchell as she wrote her best-selling 1936 Civil War novel "Gone with the Wind," is titled "Reading toward Scarlett: Tracing the Texts That Helped to Shape Margaret Mitchell's American Epic."
I am currently collaborating with my friend and colleague Ilse Schweitzer VanDonkelaar on a pedagogical guide to the teaching of environmental literature.