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Betsy J. Erkkilä

1980-1994 Professor of English, Graduate Faculty Comparative Literature and Literary Theory, and American Civilization


Doctoral Dissertations Chaired


Leigh Holladay Edwards "Blood Relations: The Cultural Work of Miscegenation in Nineteenth-Century American Literature"


Cheryl Blanche Butler "The Art of the Black Essay: From Meditation to Transcendency"


Josh Bellin "The Demon of the Continent: American Literature, Indian Conversion and the Dynamics of Cultural Exchange"


Karen Chandler "Wages of Innocence, Wages of Sin: Melodramatic Fictions of Love, Class, and Race in Modern America, 1890-1940"
Nicole King "C.L.R. James and the Formulations of Caribbean Cultural Identity"
Eric Wertheimer "Imagined Empires: Incas, Aztecs and the Columbian Trope in American Literature, 1771-1876"


Jay Grossman "Emerson, Whitman and the Politics of Representation"


Teresa A. Goddu "The Haunted Text: Form and History in the American Gothic"
Katherine Kinney "Friendly Fire: American Identity and the Literature of the Vietnam War"


Cynthia Fuchs "Gazing: Gender, Performance, and Representation in Film"

Courses Taught

fall 1994

ENGL 088.001 American Poetry