Billy J. Stratton

Billy J. Stratton

English Department

English Department

  • About Me

    • Billy J. Stratton, Associate Professor of English, affiliate Critical Theory, and Special Advisor to the Chancellor and Provost on Native American Partnerships and Programs. I am also co-director of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Learning Community, just launched in the Fall of 2017. I hold 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 with some truly 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/Native American literature and writing, 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 Women's 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 Gradute School of the Humanities at the University of Würzburg (Germany), the Department of American Studies at the University of Mainz,  the Australian National Film and Sound Archive, and the Manning Clarke House in Canberra, Australia among others. In addition, I am an alumni of the 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 Cream City Review, Time, The Independent, Common-place, Salon, Arizona Quarterly, Wícazo Ša Review, Transmotion, Weber: The Contemporary West, SAIL, Denver Quarterly, Red Ink, and Rhizomesas well as in chapters in 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 book 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 with reviews in venues such as Choice, The New England Quarterly, Journal of American Studies, Early American Literature, Amerikastudien, American Indian Culture and Research Journal, European Journal of American Studies, Native American and Indigenous Studies and Kritikon Litterarum (reissued in a softcover edition as part of the First Peoples: New Directions in Indigenous Studies series in 2014). I am currently finishing work on an edited collection of essays on the fiction of Stephen Graham Jones for the University of New Mexico Press.

      During the last five years I have sought ensure Native writers had a prominent presence on campus by organizing an annual Indigenous Voices reading/lecture series, including the recent event: Writing Survivance: Indigenous Voices on the 150th Anniversary of Sand Creek symposium. Participants in the series include, Laura Tohe, Simon Ortiz, Frances Washburn, Gerald Vizenor, Stephen Graham Jones, Allison Hedge-Coke, and Gordan Henry among others.

      For media inquiries, lecture appearances, or interviews please contact me at: bstratt4@du.edu


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