Alan C. Taylor

Lecturer in Writing
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My goal as a teacher is to help students learn to think for themselves and prepare to face a diverse world filled with communities and people whose views and values are often quite different from their own. I believe there is no better preparation for citizenship than a writing classroom dedicated to teaching students how to acquire knowledge, take responsibility for their arguments, and articulate ideas they find meaningful. The critical thinking, writing, and research skills students acquire under these circumstances not only prepare them for employment in the world but also furnish them with the means to both imagine and construct the world anew.

304 North Fairbanks
HB 6250
Institute for Writing and Rhetoric
B.A. Samford University, 1997
M.A. University of Oregon, 2000
Ph.D. Boston University, 2012

Selected Publications

"Redrawing the Color Line in Flannery O'Connor's `The Displaced Person.'" Mississippi Quarterly 65.1 (2012): 67-79.

"John Bradbury." Early American Nature Writers. Eds. Daniel Patterson and Scott Bryson. Westport: Greenwood Press, 2007.

Works in Progress

Paper Nation: American Literature and the Surveying of North America

The Open Handbook: A Brief Handbook for Student Writers

"Edgar Huntly, the Northwest Territory, and the Production of National Space"

"Lost in Translation: Ramona and the Reterritorialization of Alta California"