Degrees and institutions granting the degree
- Ph.D. University of Oregon, American literature / folklore, June 1989.
- M.A. University of Oregon, English literature, 1981.
- B.A. Indiana University of Pennsylvania, English literature, 1977.
Professional Areas of Specialty
My primary areas of interest are cross-cultural ecocriticism and place-conscious literary studies, with an emphasis on bioregionalism. The places whose literature my research focuses on are the American West and the Australian deserts, that is, arid lands that have come under the sway of English-speaking settler colonialism.
Courses regularly taught:
- English 317, Literature and Environment
- English 211, Literature of Place
- English 261, American Literature since 1865
- English 4/898, Place-Conscious Literary Studies
- English 933, Seminar in Ecocriticism and Environmental Writing
Selected publications and/or projects
My current main research project is “Outback / Out West” an ecocritical and postcolonial reading of literature of the American West and the Australian Outback.
Forthcoming: The Bioregional Imagination: Literature, Ecology, and Place. Co-edited with Cheryll Glotfelty and Karla Armbruster. University of Georgia Press (2012). The first collection of essays to apply bioregionalism to literary analysis.
Forthcoming: Artifacts and Illuminations: Critical Essays on Loren Eiseley. Co-edited with Susan N. Maher. University of Nebraska Press (2012). The first collection of scholarly essays on Loren Eiseley.
The Face of the Earth: Natural Landscapes, Science, and Culture. Edited and co-authored by SueEllen Campbell. University of California Press (2011). A multi-authored volume exploring the natural and cultural dimensions of a diversity of Earth's terrains, biomes, and global processes. My main contribution was a chapter on deserts.
Xerophilia: Ecocritical Explorations in Southwestern Literature, Texas Tech University Press (2008). This book is a bioregionally oriented ecocritical study of multi-cultural literatures of the American Southwest. Winner of the 2009 Thomas J. Lyon award from the Western Literature Association.
El Lobo: Readings on the Mexican Gray Wolf, University of Utah Press (2005). This book is an anthology I edited regarding the Mexican gray wolf and the campaign to restore this once nearly extinct subspecies to portions of its former range in Arizona and New Mexico.
Recent Essays and Book Chapters
“Literature in the Arid Zone.” In The Littoral Zone: Australian Contexts and Their Writers, ed.
by CA Cranston and Robert Zeller, Rodopi Press, 2007.
Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (awards chair)
Western Literature Association
Association for the Study of Literature, Environment, and Culture: Australia/NewZealand
American Association of Australasian Literary Studies
Various essays are also available online at the UNL Digital Commons
Place Studies: The UNL English Department's place-based, environmental reading and writing area of emphasis
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