Eastern Michigan University
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John Staunton

Professor and Coordinator of English Education Programs

John Staunton 603-B Pray-Harrold: Winter 2019: TR 11-12 and by Appointment




Ed.S. (2006) Indiana University; Language Education 
Ph.D (1999) Fordham University; English
M.A. (1994) Fordham University; English
B.A. (1991) University of Notre Dame; English and Philosophy


Interests and Expertise

English teacher education; literature pedagogy; multi-modalities in literacy education
19th century American Literature; American Women Writers; Local/Regional Literature


Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Series (WVU PRESS):  Author Gallery/Meet the Experts



LITR 490--Senior Seminar (Note:  this is an Academic Service Learning course)

How Does (Local) Literature Matter for Your (Global) Future?

TR 12:30-1:45
PH 329

This course is designed to give you a chance to reflect on your undergraduate experience as majors in Literature and/or Language Literature and Writing and to think about the larger use value and utility of your chosen major--in terms of its practical, political and ethical dimensions.  We aim to produce pieces of writing that both study and manifest these insights and skills.  Our various lines of inquiry in the course are driven by one overarching question: how do language and literature matter—both to ourselves and the world we live in?


This particular section of LITR 490 will address those goals from an immersive local perspective.  We will consider how the study, promotion, and creation of local literature and language shapes, transforms, and sustains local communities in a global age.   We will read both contemporary and historical works by, about, and selected for people from Michigan—including the 2019 Washtenaw Reads selection Reading with Patrick, by Kalamazoo native Michelle Kuo. 


--ONLINE (January 7-April 26)

ENGL 518/ENGL 530 Topics & Issues in English/Education:  English Studies for Teachers (Staunton)  

These two courses are cross-listed and will meet together as a single, seminar-style class.  Taught by Professor John Staunton, who specializes in Literature Pedagogy and is Coordinator of English Education Programs at Eastern Michigan University, the class provides opportunities for students to explore the field of English/Education and issues of research and pedagogy in the discipline(s).  Among the topics/activities:  teaching, learning, and schooling “English”; using language and discourse analysis to examine how students interpret literature; reading/viewing/composing multimodal texts; leadership, advocacy, and social justice in the English classroom; assessing student performance; constructing theoretical frameworks and examining consequences for student learning, etc.  Participants will discover potential research topics and pedagogical transformations, linking course experiences to their own current or future classrooms.  The class will be offered online with both synchronous and asynchronous components.  (Depending on regional location of participants there may be opportunities for monthly face to face sessions)

NOTE: ENGL 530 fulfills a requirement for students admitted to the MA in English Studies for Teachers program at EMU; students from other programs/universities should simply register for ENGL 518.

                Please Contact Professor John Staunton for more information (jstaunto@emich.edu).

FALL 2018

UNIV 179

WRTG 121

SUMMER 2018 (May 2-Jun 13)
LITR 100--Intro To Literature
ONLINE.  CRN 52032





     MW 12:30-1:45
     Porter 300 BC

WRTG 121:  COMPOSITION II:  Researching  the Public Experience

MW 5:00-6:15
PH 417


Graduate Courses:

Topics in English Education (ENGL 518)

Issues in English Studies for Teachers (ENGL 530)

American Realism and Naturalism (LITR 523)

19th Century American Women Writers, (LITR/WGST 592)

American Renaissance (LITR 569)

Literature for Teachers (LITR 585)

Reading Dangerously:  Teaching Controversial Literature

World Literature for Teachers

Visualizing Pedagogies:  Art and Literature

Pedagogical and Aesthetic Designs for Art and Literature

Teaching Local Literatures in a Global Age:  Regions of Pedagogical Practice


Undergraduate Courses:

Worlds on the Page:  Introduction to Literature (LITR 100)

Imaginary Worlds:  Introduction to Fiction (LITR 101)

All the World’s a Stage:  Introduction to Drama (LITR 103)

Composition II:  Researching  the Public Experience (WRTG 121)

Literary Studies for Literature Lovers (LITR 200)

Reading Local Literature in a Global Age (LITR 200-First Year Seminar/G)

Writing about Literature (ENGL 300W)

Development of American Literature (LITR 309)

Writing for Secondary Teachers (ENGL 408W)

Teaching English in the Secondary Schools (ENGL 409)

Women in Literature (LITR/WGST 443)

Forging/Mastering Pedagogies for Teaching Art and Literature (LITR 479)

Recent Publications and Presentations

Teaching the Literature Survey Course:  New Approaches for College Faculty. 
Co-edited with James M. Lang (Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence, Assumption College) and Gwynn Dujardin (Queens University, Canada).  West Virginia University Press, 2018. Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Series

"Re-Visioning the American Literature Survey for Teachers and Other Wide-Awake Humans." In Gwynn Dujardin, James M. Lang, and John A. Staunton, eds. Teaching the Literature Survey Course:  New Approaches for College Faculty.  Morgantown:  West Virginia UP, 2017.

Deranging English/Education: Teacher Inquiry, Literary Studies, and Hybrid Visions of “English” for 21st Century Schools
". Urbana, IL: NCTE, 2008.

“‘Making death less terrible’:  Alice Cary’s Regionalist Aesthetics in Clovernook.”  In Dennis Berthold and Lingui Yang, eds.  Alice Cary Studies.  A Dual language English/Chinese critical edition and Chinese translation of Alice Cary’s Clovernook:  Or, Recollections of Our Neighborhood in the West [1852, 1853].  Shanghai, 2012.      

“A Miracle of Catfish and the Recursions of Art.” In Jean W. Cash and Keith Perry, eds. Larry Brown and the Blue-Collar South . Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 2008.

“ ‘I was messed up from the start’:  The Shape of Critical Literacy in Student Writing Histories.” Journal of Teaching Writing. 24.2 (2008):  45-78. [Published 2009]

“Shadowing Grace in the ‘Post-Southern’ South: ‘A Roadside Resurrection’ and Larry Brown’s Narratives of Witness,” Religion & Literature 33.2 (Spring 2001): 43-74.

“Kate Chopin’s ‘One Story’: Casting a Shadowy Glance on the Ethics of Regionalism,” Studies in American Fiction 28.2 (Fall 2000): 203-34. Rpt. in Short Story Criticism 68 (2004): 248-63. 

Selected Professional Service :

Advisory Board, Kate Chopin International Society.  http://www.katechopin.org/society/