Billy J. Stratton

  • Biographical Description

    • Billy J. Stratton, Assistant Professor of English, affiliate of the Interdisciplinary Research Incubator for the Study of (In)Equality and faculty advisor to the Native Student Alliance at the Center for Multicultural Excellence. I have a PhD in American Indian Studies from the University of Arizona, with specializations in American Indian literature and indigenous critical theory. During the course of my graduate study I had the honor of working closely with some amazing writers, including Luci Tapahonso and Frances Washburn, on creative aspects of Native poetics, fiction and storytelling.

      My primary teaching and research interests are in 20th and 21st century American and Native American literature, with secondary interests in transnational indigenous studies, the American west, southern gothic literature, ecocriticism, the literature of trauma, and critical theory (Deleuze & Guattari, Zizek, Kristeva, Vizenor, Baudrilllard, Derrida).

      I have lectured nationally and internationally and given invited presentations at the University of Denver School of Law, the University of Vienna, the Colorado Womens College, the Heidelberg Center for American Studies, the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies at the Frei University of Berlin, the Centre for Cultural Studies at the University of Bonn, the Institute for American Studies at the University of Leipzig, the Department of American Studies at the University of Mainz, the Gradute School of the Humanities at the University of Würzburg, the Australian National Film and Sound Archive, and the Manning Clarke House in Canberra, Australia among others. In addition, I am a proud alumni of Fulbright Scholar Program through which I served as a visiting lecturer at the Universität Würzburg, Germany in the Spring and Summer of 2013.

      My writing has appeared, or is forthcoming, in venues such as Salon, Arizona Quarterly, Wícazo Ša Review, Weber: The Contemporary West, Denver Quarterly, Red Ink, and Rhizomesas well as in chapters to several books. In 2013 I co-edited a special issue of Weber on re-claiming the West in contemporary Native writing and art, and in the Fall of 2014, a special feature in Denver Quarterly on the 150th anniversary of Sand Creek. My manuscript on King Philip's War and the Indian captivity narrative of Mary Rowlandson, Buried in Shades of Night, was published by the University of Arizona Press in September 2013 and has been the subject of much critical attention. It has since been reissued in a softcover edition as part of the First Peoples: New Directions in Indigenous Studies series in 2014.

      During the last five years I have also sought make Native writers a prominent presence on campus by organizing an annual Indigenous Voices reading/lecture series, featuring writers such as Laura Tohe, Stephen Graham Jones, Tom Holm, Orlando White, Frances Washburn, Ofelia Zepeda, Simon Ortiz, Ryan Singer, Allison Hedge-Coke, Gerald Vizenor, including the most recent event: Writing Survivance: Indigenous Voices on the 150th Anniversary of Sand Creek symposium.

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  • Lectures

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