John Staunton

A photo of John Staunton

Professor of American Literature and English Education, Coordinator of English Education Programs

English Language and Literature

603B Pray-Harrold


Office Hours

Summer 2019 Office Hours Available by Appointment.  Please email.


  • Ph.D., Fordham University, English and American Literature
  • Ed.S., Indiana University, Language Education/English Education
  • B.A. , University of Notre Dame, English and Philosophy

Interests and Expertise

  • English teacher education
  • Literature pedagogy
  • 19th century American literature
  • American women writers
  • Multimodality and New Literacies


FALL 2019

  • LITR 309W  Development of American Literature
  • ENGL 518 Topics in English/Education:  Intersections of Research and Pedagogy CRN 15676 (Online)

Graduate Courses
  • ENGL 518 Topics in English Education
  • ENGL 530 Issues in English Studies for Teachers
  • LITR 523 American Realism and Naturalism
  • LITR/WGST 592 19th Century American Women Writers
  • LITR 569 American Renaissance
  • LITR 585 Literature for Teachers
  • 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
  • LITR 100 Worlds on the Page: Introduction to Literature
  • LITR 101 Imaginary Worlds: Introduction to Fiction
  • LITR 103 All the World's a Stage: Introduction to Drama
  • UNIV 179L3 Exploring the University Experience
  • WRTG 121 Composition II: Researching the Public Experience
  • LITR 200 Literary Studies for Literature Lovers
  • LITR 200 Reading Local Literature in a Global Age (First Year Seminar/G)
  • ENGL 300W Writing about Literature
  • LITR 309 Development of American Literature
  • ENGL 408W Writing for Secondary Teachers
  • ENGL 409 Teaching English in the Secondary Schools
  • LITR/WGST 443 Women in Literature
  • LITR 479 Forging/Mastering Pedagogies for Teaching Art and Literature

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). Forthcoming Fall 2017 from West Virginia University Press, 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