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Todd Thompson

Todd Thompson

Associate Professor

Director of Master of Arts in Literature, Master of Arts Generalist

Office: Leonard 201B
Office Phone: (724) 357-4931

Education: PhD, University of Illinois–Chicago, 2008

Research and Teaching Interests: Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American literature and culture, political satire, humor studies, hemispheric American studies, poetry and poetics, New Historicism

Selected Publications:

"Representative Nobodies: The Politics of Benjamin Franklin’s Satiric Personae, 1722-1757.” Early American Literature 46:3 (Fall 2011).

“‘Invectives…Against the Americans’: Benjamin Franklin’s Satiric Nationalism in the Stamp Act Crisis.” M/MLA Journal 40:1 (Spring 2007), 25-36.

“Reconstructive Realism: Satire in Miss Ravenel’s Conversion from Secession to Loyalty.” Journal of American Culture29:4 (Dec. 2006), 425-436.

“Parnassus in Pillory: Satirical Verse.” Blackwell Companion to Poetic Genre.Ed. Erik Martiny. (Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, in press, forthcoming 2011.)

“Slavery, Stereotypes, and Satire: Laughing Fit to Kill.” Studies in American Humor. New Series 3:20 (Fall 2009), 98-109.

Courses Taught:

ENGL 983, Seminar in American Literature: American Literatures: The Hemispheric Turn ENGL 983, Seminar in American Literature: Benjamin Franklin and the Atlantic World
ENGL 983,Seminar in American Literature: Satire and Satire Theory in Early America
ENGL 761/861, Topics in Literature before 1870: Rethinking the American Renaissance
ENGL 763/863, Topics in Literature after 1870: Realism, Naturalism, Local Color
ENGL 121, Humanities Literature
ENGL 101, College Writing

  • English Department
  • Leonard Hall, Room 110
    421 North Walk
    Indiana, PA 15705-1094
  • Phone: 724-357-2261
  • Fax: 724-357-2265
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.