Nancy J. Peterson

  • Professor

Department Information

English // Faculty
American Studies // SIS // Faculty

Office Information

  • Office: HEAV 120E
  • Office Phone: (765) 494-3740
  • Office Fax: (765) 494-3780
  • Office Hours: Fall 2015--on sabbatical
  • E-mail:
  • Specialization

  • Contemporary American literature and postmodern theory; American Indian literature and culture; contemporary issues in American Studies; feminist theory, women's literature, and gender studies; the pedagogy of teaching literature.

  • Nancy J. Peterson, Professor of English and American Studies, focuses on contemporary American literature and culture in her research and teaching, with a particular interest in ethnic studies and multicultural literature.  She is the author of Beloved: Character Studies (Continuum, 2008) and Against Amnesia: Contemporary Women Writers and the Crises of Historical Memory (U of Pennsylvania P, 2001), and is the editor of Conversations with Sherman Alexie (UP of Mississippi, 2009) and Toni Morrison: Critical and Theoretical Approaches (Johns Hopkins UP, 1997).  She currently serves on the Purdue Advisory Board for Modern Fiction Studies, and has guest-edited or co-edited several special issues of the journal, including issues on "Toni Morrison" (2006 and 1993), "Racechange and the Fictions of Identity" (2003) and "Native American Literature" (1999).

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