Department of English at Illinois State University

English Department Faculty and Staff

Susan Kalter

Professor, American Literature and Native American Studies

Office Address: STV 424 J
Office Phone: (309) 438-8660
Office Hours:

T/R 3:15-4:00 or by appt.

Email: Contact Susan Kalter (smkalte)
Website: Visit Susan Kalter’s Website
Teaching Schedule:
Course NumberSectionCourse NameTimeRoom NumberCourse Links
ENG231.01American Literature Through 1830 T R 14:00 - 15:15STV 0347
Teaching Interests:
Literary, cultural, and historical study of the United States and North America

Native American studies/Native American literatures

Ethnic studies, critical race theory, post-colonial/anti-colonial theory

World literatures, especially African, Caribbean, and circum-Caribbean

New American literary history & the archival recovery of noncanonical American texts

African American literatures

Wilderness and the environment
Research Interests:
18th and 19th century literary and cultural studies/early 20th century studies

Native American studies/Native American literatures

Global, multi-ethnic intellectual histories & intellectual spheres of influence

The histories of imperialism, colonization and de-colonization

Oral traditions, non-alphabetic writing systems, and their relationship to alphabetic literacy and writing

Philosophies of language

Multiculturism, critical race theory, post-colonial/anti-colonial theory
Ph.D, American and Comparative Literature, UC-San Diego, 1999

M.A., Comparative Literature of North America, UC-San Diego, 1997

A.B., Interdisciplinary English, Stanford University, 1991
Selected Publications:

Kalter, Susan, ed. Twenty Thousand Mornings: The Autobiography of John Joseph Mathews. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2012.

Kalter, Susan. "A Savagist Abroad: Anti-Colonial Theory and the Quiet Violence in Twain's Western Oeuvre." Texas Studies in Literature and Language 53.1 (Spring 2011):  26-113.

Hsu, Hsuan and Susan Kalter, eds. Two Texts by Edward Everett Hale: The Man Without a Country and Philip Nolan's Friends.  Lanham, Maryland:  Lexington Books, 2009.

Kalter, Susan.  "Clothing The Prairie in Furs: The International Trade Contexts of Cooper's Western Novel."  Western American Literature 43.2  (Summer 2008):  148-178.

Kalter, Susan.  Benjamin Franklin, Pennsylvania, and the First Nations: The Treaties of 1736-62. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2006.

Kalter, Susan.  “A Student of Savage Thought:  The Ecological Ethic in Moby-Dick and Its Grounding in Native American Ideologies.”  ESQ:  A Journal of the American Renaissance 48.1-2 (1st and 2nd Quarters 2002):  1-40.  Issued in 2004.



Kalter, Susan.  "Finding a Place for David Cusick in Native American Literary History."  MELUS:  The Journal of the Society for the Study of the Mutli-Ethnic Literature of the United States 27.3 (Fall 2002): 9-42.

Kalter, Susan.  John Joseph Mathews Reverse Ethnography: The Literary Dimensions of Wah׳kon-Tah. Studies in American Indian Literature 14.1 (Spring 2002):  26-50.




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