Billy J. Stratton

  • Biographical Description

    • Billy J. Stratton, Assistant Professor and faculty advisor to the Native American Student Alliance in the Center for Multicultural Excellence. I hold an MA and Ph.D in American Indian Studies from the University of Arizona, with specializations in American Indian literature and indigenous critical theory. During his course of graduate study he worked closely with Luci Tapahonso and Frances Washburn on Native poetics and storytelling, as well as contemporary fiction and critical theory.

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

      He lectures nationally and internationally and has given invited presentations on his areas of expertise at the University of Denver School of Law, 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 Wurzburg, the Australian National Film and Sound Archive, and the Manning Clarke House in Canberra, Australia among other places. In addition, Stratton held a Fulbright lecturship at the Universität Würzburg, Germany in 2013.

      Dr. Stratton's scholarship has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Salon, Arizona Quarterly, Wícazo Ša Review, Weber: The Contemporary West, Red Ink, and Rhizomes. In 2013 Stratton co-edited a special issue of Weber on re-imagining/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. Stratton's 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 re-released in paperback as part of the First Peoples" New Directions in Indigenous Studies series in 2014.

      During the last five years Stratton has also organized the annual Indigenous Voices writers series, featuring writers such as Laura Tohe, Stephen Graham Jones, Tom Holm, Frances Washburn, Ofelia Zepeda, Simon Ortiz, Ryan Singer, Gerald Vizenor, and most recently the Writing Survivance: Indigenous Voices on the 150th Anniversary of Sand Creek symposium.

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      ENGL 1110: American Literature of the Nuclear Age

      FSEM 1111: Native and Indigenous Film

      FSEM 1111: Narratives of Captivity in American Literature

      ASEM 2609: The Literature of Nature and Apocalypse

      ASEM 2633: The Literature of Trauma

      ENGL 2708: Topics: Native Women Writers

      ENGL 2708: Topics: Horror in Literature and Film

      ENGL 2708: Topics: Detectives, Thugs, and Femme Fatales in American Film Noir

      ENGL 2708: Topics: Native  & Aboriginal Land in Literature

      ENGL 2715: Native American Literature

      ENGL 2751: American Literature II

      ENGL 2752: American Literature III

      ENGL 3706: Writing the American West

      ENGL 3711: Southern Gothic Fiction

      ENGL 3733: Native American Fiction

      ENGL 4600: American Literature of the New West

      ENGL 4702: Native American Fiction and Narrative

  • Lectures

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