Literary and Cultural Studies

The Literary and Cultural Studies faculty at Illinois State have published broadly in many areas including American Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; British Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; Critical Theory and Cultural Studies; Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Critical Race Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies; Global Cultures; Textual Studies and Print Culture; and Visual Studies.

Faculty

Christopher Breu

Christopher Breu

Research Interests:

Twentieth and Twenty-First Century American Literature, Popular Culture, Cultural and Critical Theory, Gender and Sexuality.

Christopher De Santis

Christopher De Santis

Research Interests:

19th and 20th century American and African-American Literature, the Reconstruction Era and its Legacies, Racial Ideologies and National Identity, The Harlem Renaissance, Langston Hughes, Southern Literature.

Katherine Ellison

Katherine Ellison

Research Interests:

17th- & 18th-Century Cryptography, Intelligence Networks and Swarms, Postal Systems, and the History of Information.

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Cynthia Huff

Research Interests:

Women’s Life, especially Writing, Victorian Culture and Science and its Impacts, Letters and Diaries, Using Life-Writing as a Pedagogical Resource, Familial Self-Presentation.

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Susan Kalter

Research Interests:

New American Literary History & the Archival Recovery of Noncanonical American Texts, 18th and 19th Century Literary and Cultural Studies, Early 20th Century Studies, Native American Studies/Native American Literatures, Ethnic Studies, Multiculturalism, Critical Race Theory and Post-Colonial/Anti-Colonial Theory.

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Susan Kim

Research Interests:

Old English Language and Literature, Medieval Literature, History of the English Language.

Tara Lyons

Tara Lyons

Research Interests:

Early Modern Drama, Book History, Rare Books, Sammelbande, Digital Humanities, Gender Studies, and Theater History and Performance.

William McBride

William McBride

Research Interests:

Film Style, Midrash, Writing & Violence, The Culture Industry, Refusal of Work, Faust Studies, Coming of Age, Monotheism.

Robert McLaughlin

Robert McLaughlin

Research Interests:

Postmodern Fiction, Thomas Pynchon, World War II popular culture, American Musical Theater

Sally Parry

Sally Parry

Research Interests:

Sinclair Lewis, American Literature between World War I and World War II, World War II films, Adolescent Series Fiction.

Brian Rejack

Brian Rejack

Research Interests:

19th century British Literature, Romanticism, Food writing and gastronomy, New media studies,Print culture and book history, Gaming and Internet culture.

Rebecca Saunders

Rebecca Saunders

Research Interests:

Literary and Cultural Theory; Comparative Literature; Continental Philosophy; Late 19th and 20th Century Literatures of Europe and Africa, particularly of France, Greece, the Maghreb, and South Africa; Theories of Nationalism and Globalization; (Trans)gender and Postcolonial Studies; the Concept of the Foreign; Trauma and Modernity.

Paul Ugor

Paul Ugor

Research Interests:

20th and 21th Cenury African Litetartures and Cultures; New Media Cultures in the Global South; Global Youth Cultures; Postcolonial Theory; and New Social Processes—in global politics, economy, information and communication technologies, cultural/textual representations, and everyday life

Kirstin Zona

Kirstin Zona

Research Interests:

20th Century American Poetry and Poetics, Creative Writing, Ethics and Ecocriticism, Feminist Poetics.