Faculty specializing in this area investigate a wide range of literary and narrative forms – fiction, poetry, prose non-fiction, drama, television, film, comics, maps, postcards – in the name of anatomizing the diversity of American experiences. Our research has a considerable historical scope, from the early colonial period to the present, but concentrates on American cultures from the early nineteenth century and forward. Our faculty teach undergraduate and graduate courses in American literature from all periods and contribute to the Film Studies Minor with courses on American film.

Faculty Working in this Area

Brad Clissold
Joel Deshaye
Chris Lockett
Andrew Loman 

Image Information: "New York - Preparing the Statue of 'liberty' on Bedloe's Island, for the formal unvailing [sic] on October 28th - Present condition of the work / from a sketch by a staff artist." Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, 1886. Web. Library of Congress. 25 Feb. 2012.