Todd Thompson

  • Todd Thompson


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

    Office: 506S Humanities and Social Sciences Building
    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:

    “The National Joker”: Abraham Lincoln and the Politics of Satire (Southern Illinois University Press, 2015).

    “‘Homespun,’ ‘Indian Corn,’ and the ‘indigestible…Stamp Act’: An Empire of Stereotype in Franklin’s Letters to the London Press.” Community without Consent: New Perspectives on the Stamp Act. Ed. Zach Hutchins. (Dartmouth College Press, 2016).

    “Satire in Circulation: James Russell Lowell’s ‘LETTER FROM A VOLUNTEER IN SALTILLO.” Coedited with Jessica Showalter. Scholarly Editing 36 (2015).

    “‘Satire upon all of us’: The Self-Made Man as Confidence Man in P.T. Barnum’s America.” Nineteenth-Century Prose 42.1 (Spring 2015): 1-30.

    “From Brahmin to Biglow (and back again): James Russell Lowell as Temporary Satirist.” ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance 58.2 (2012): 155-184.

    “Pedagogy of the Suppressed: Teaching Hemispheric Recovery.” (With Joseph Morgan.) Teaching American Literature: A Journal of Theory and Practice 5:3/4 (Spring/Summer 2012): 29-55.

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

    “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: Benjamin Franklin and the Atlantic World
    ENGL 983 Seminar in American Literature: American Literatures: The Hemispheric Turn
    ENGL 983 Seminar in American Literature: Satire and Satire Theory in Early America
    ENGL 763/863 Topics in Literature after 1870: Realism, Naturalism, Local Color
    ENGL 762/862 Topics in Literature after 1870: Political Activism in Post-Bellum Literature and Culture
    ENGL 753/853 Literature as a Profession
    ENGL 761/861 Topics in American Literature before 1870:Republic of Laughter: The Comic Tradition in Antebellum US Literature
    ENGL 761/861 Topics in American Literature before 1870: Literatures of the US-Mexico War
    ENGL 761/861 Topics in American Literature before 1870: Literature and Politics in the Early American Republic
    ENGL 761/861 Topics in Literature before 1870: Rethinking the American Renaissance
    ENGL 674 Research Trends in English
    ENGL 212 American Literature before 1900
    ENGL 121  Humanities Literature
    ENGL 101  College Writing