B.A. 1970 Amherst College
M.A. 1972 Claremont Graduate School
Ph.D. 1975 Claremont Graduate School On the PSU faculty since 1984
American literature (intro. to grad. level) from “beginnings”
to WWI; Neopragmatism; Early American Fiction;
American Poetry; Rhetorics of American literature; Nineteenth-Century
Women's Novels; Emerson and Dewey;
Henry and William James; The Early Post-Structuralist Writers; Detective Fiction, American Literary Study as Critical Theory
American Literature to WWI; Theories of American Literature;
SPECIAL INTERESTS/ AUTHORS:
Transnational Literature in English, Pragmatism and Neopragmatism, Emerson, Henry James, Nineteenth-century Fiction,
the Invention of the (Post)Modern, Theories and History of Literary Scholarship
SELECTED FELLOWSHIPS AND ACADEMIC HONORS
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow, 1994-95
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, 1987-88
Faculty Research Grants (5), Portland State University, 1985-91
Fulbright-Hays Senior Professorship, Regensburg, Germany, 1982-83
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, 1980
BOOKS The American Ideal: Literary History as a Worldly Activity (Oxford
University Press, 1991—selected for reissue, Oxford, Fall, 2001) Transcendent Reason (Florida State, 1982)
IN PROGRESS Unfounded Accounts, a study of the intersections between politics, aesthetics and the invention of Literary Study
EDITIONS/COLLECTIONS The American Renaissance: New Dimensions, special issue, The Bucknell Review, Spring, 1983 Selected Works of James Marsh, Scholars' Facsimiles and Reprints, 3 vols., 1976
“Pragmatism and Reading: Naturalizing Uncle Tom's Cabin,” REAL: Yearbook of Research in English and American Literature 15 (1999), 61-74.
“Who I Was: Ethnic Identity and American Literary Ethnocentrism,” in Criticism and the Color Line: Essays on Race and the Discourse of Revisonism in American Literary Studies, Henry Wonham, ed. (Rutgers U. Press, Spring, 1996).
“American Literature/Ethnic Literature,” in Writing Nation/Writing Region, Theo D'haen, ed., (Publication of the Netherlands American Studies Association, Spring, 1996).
“Cultural Rhetoric and the Promise of Pragmatist Histories,” in Reconceptualizing American Literary/Cultural Studies, William Cain, ed. (Garland Press, Spring, 1996).
“After American Literature,” American Literary History, 4, 3 (Fall, 1992), 539-549.
“Changing the World: the Rhetoric of Revisionism,” ADE Bulletin, 101 (Spring, 1992), 61-68.
“The Constraints of History: Revision and Revolution in American Literary Studies,” College English, 50, 6, 605-22.
“The New Orthodoxy: Ideology and the Institution of American Literary Scholarship,” as the "Extra" Essay in American Literature, 59, 4, 626-38.
“Reading Emerson/Writing History,” The Centennial Review, 30, 4, (Fall, 1986),431-51.
“In Dubious Battle: American Literary Criticism and Post-Structuralist Theory,” in The American Renaissance.
“James Marsh to John Dewey: The Fate of Transcendentalist Philosophy in American Education,” ESQ, 24 (Winter, 1978), 1-11.
“James Marsh's American Aids to Reflection: Influence Through Ambiguity,” New England Quarterly, 49, I (1976), 27-45.
“James Marsh: Transcendental Puritan,” ESQ, 21 (Summer, 1975), 126-36.
SELECTED PAPERS AND PANELS
“Talking of Slavery and Scholarship,” Conference on “The Influence of Pragmatism on American Literature and Culture Studies,” Free University of Berlin, Germany, Nov., 1998.
“Pragmatism and the New Cultural Criticism,” Futures of American Studies Conference, Dartmouth College, Summer, 1997.
“Ethnic Identity and American Literary Ethnocentrism,” invited lecture to the Symposium of Literature and History Faculties, University of California, Irvine, 1994.
“American Literary Identity: An Exercise in Regionalism,” Netherlands American Studies Association, Middleburg, The Netherlands, 1994.
“The Rhetoric of Revisionism: An 'American' Genre,” Research Symposium in American Studies, J. F. K. Institute, Free University of Berlin, 1994.
1990- Referee, Oxford, Duke, Virginia, Hopkins Presses
1989- Consultant, Annenberg/Corporation for Public Broadcasting Project
1986- Referee, College English, Nineteenth Century Contexts