Todd Thompson


Office: 506-O Leonard Hall

Education: PhD, University of Illinois–Chicago, 2008

Research and Teaching Interests

Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American literature and culture, literature and politics, political satire, humor studies, periodical studies

Selected Publications

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

"Homespun,' Indian Corn,' and the indigestibleStamp 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