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Billy J. Stratton, Assistant Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies, 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 my course of graduate study, I had the honor of working closely with Luci Tapahonso and Frances Washburn on Native poetics and storytelling, as well as contemporary fiction and critical theory. My 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, environmental writing, the literature of trauma, and critical theory (Deleuze & Guattari, Zizek, Vizenor, Baudrilllard, Derrida).
I lecture nationally and internationally and have given invited presentations on my areas of expertise at 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.
My scholarship has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Red Ink, Wícazo Ša Review, Weber: The Contemporary West, Rhizomes, and Arizona Quarterly. In 2013 I co-edited a special issue of Weber on re-imagining/re-claiming the West in contemporary Native writing and art. 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.
For the last five years I have also organized the annual Indigenous Voices Series, featuring writers such as Laura Tohe, Stephen Graham Jones, Tom Holm, Frances Washburn, Ofelia Zepeda, Simon Ortiz, Ryan Singer, and, most recently, Gerald Vizenor.
ENGL 1110: American Literature of the Nuclear Age
ENGL 1110: Literary Landscapes of the New West
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 American 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 American & Aboriginal Land in Literature
ENGL 2715: Native American Literature
ENGL 2751: American Literature II (1855 to WWI)
ENGL 2752: American Literature III (WWI to Present)
ENGL 3706: Writing the American West
ENGL 3711: Southern Gothic Fiction
ENGL 3733: Special Topics in Native American Literature
ENGL 4600: American Literature of the New West
ENGL 4702: Native American Fiction and Narrative
John-F.-Kennedy-Institut für Nordamerikastudien, Freie Universität Berlin, May 30, 2013.
Research Colloquium of the Culture and Literature Departments: Perspectives on American Literature and Culture
The Elegance of Peoplehood: Centering Heteroholistic Knowledge in Native American Literature
Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2013
Rhizomes, 24 (2012)
Arizona Quarterly, 67:3 (2011)