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Susan Kollin is Professor of English and College of Letters and Science Distinguished Professor for 2011-2014. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Minnesota at the Twin Cities and her A.B. in English from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Her research and teaching interests include 20th- and 21st-century American literature, western American literature and film, environmental humanities, and feminist theory. She also taught as a Fulbright Scholar in the English and Comparative Literature Department at the American University in Cairo.
Postwestern Cultures: Literature, Theory, Space, ed. Susan Kollin. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2007.
Nature’s State: Imagining Alaska as the Last Frontier. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2001. (Named a 2002 Choice Outstanding Academic Title).
Selected Articles and Book Chapters
“From Blood Simple to True Grit: A Conversation about the Coen Brothers’ Cinematic West,” forthcoming in Western American Literature (with Neil Campbell, Lee Clark Mitchell, and Stephen Tatum).
“Teaching Typee in Cairo: Cosmopolitanism, Cultural Exchange, and Problems of the Gift,” forthcoming in Melville in Rome, ed. John L. Bryant, Giorgio Mariani, and Gordon Poole (Rome: University of Rome Press).
“On the ‘Ragged Margins’ of History: Burdens of Truth and National Identity in Ana Menéndez’s The Last War,” Studies in American Fiction 40: 1 (Spring 2013): 131-53.
“North to Alaska and Other Bad Trips in T.C. Boyle’s Drop City,” Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture 45: 2 (Summer 2012): 329-50.
“‘Barren, silent, godless’: Ecodisaster and the Post-Abundant Landscape in The Road,” Cormac McCarthy: All the Pretty Horses, No Country for Old Men, The Road, ed. Sara Spurgeon. New York: Continuum Press, 2011, pp. 157-71.
“The Global West: Temporality, Spatial Politics, and Literary Production,” A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West, ed. Nicolas Witschi. Malden, MA: Blackwell Press, 2011, pp. 514-27. (Anthology named a 2011 Choice Outstanding Academic Title).
“’Remember, You’re the Good Guy’: Hidalgo, American Identity, and Histories of the Western,” American Studies 51: 1/2 (Spring/Summer 2010): 5-25 [in print 2011].
“Postwestern Cultures, Dead or Alive,” introduction to Postwestern Cultures: Literature, Theory, Space, ed. Susan Kollin. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2007, pp. ix-xix.
“Survival, Alaska Style,” in Postwestern Cultures: Literature, Theory, Space, ed. Susan Kollin. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2007, pp. 143-55.
“Wister and the ‘New West,’” Reading The Virginian in the New West, ed. Melody Graulich and Stephen Tatum. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2003, pp. 233-254.
“Re-envisioning the Big Sky: Regional Identity, Spatial Logics, and the Literature of Montana,” A Companion to the Regional Literatures of America, ed. Charles Crow. Cambridge, MA: Blackwell Publishers, 2003, pp. 344-362.
“North and Northwest: Theorizing the Regional Literatures of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest,” A Companion to the Regional Literatures of America, ed. Charles Crow. Cambridge, MA: Blackwell Publishers, 2003, pp. 412-431.
“L’invenzione dell’ultima frontiera: l’Alaska el la natura dei margini degli stati uniti,” translation of “Inventing the Last Frontier: Alaska and the Nature of U.S. Margins,” Acoma: Rivista Internazionale Di Studi Nordamericani (Naples, Italy). Special Issue on “Margini degli Stati Uniti/Margins of the United States.” Ed. Donatella Izzo 8: 3 (Autumn 2002): 30-43.
“Toxic Subjectivity: Gender and the Ecologies of Whiteness in Todd Haynes’ Safe,” ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment 9: 1 (Winter 2002): 121-139.
“Genre and the Geographies of Violence: Cormac McCarthy and the Contemporary Western,” Contemporary Literature 42: 3 (Fall 2001): 557-588.
“Race, Labor, and the Gothic Western: Dispelling Frontier Myths in Dorothy Scarborough’s The Wind,” Modern Fiction Studies. Special issue on “Gothic and Modernism.” Ed. John Paul Riquelme 46: 3 (Fall 2000): 675-694. [Reprinted in Gothic and Modernism: Essaying Dark Literary Modernity, ed. John Paul Riquelme. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008, pp. 83-100].
“Dead Man, Dead West,” Arizona Quarterly: A Journal of American Literature, Culture, and Theory 56: 3 (Autumn 2000): 125-154.
“The Wild, Wild North: Nature Writing, Nationalist Ecologies, and Alaska,” American Literary History 12: 1-2 (Spring-Summer 2000): 41-78. [Awarded the Don D. Walker Award from the Western Literature Association for best essay in field].
“‘The First White Women in the Last Frontier’: Writing Race, Gender, and Nature in Alaska Travel Narratives,” Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies. Special Issue on “Intersections between Feminisms and Environmentalisms.” Ed. Noël Sturgeon 18: 2 (1997): 105-124.
“North to the West: Jack London and the Literature of U.S. Expansion in Canada,” Canadian Review of American Studies 26: 2 (Fall 1996): 63-81. [Awarded the Canadian Association of American Studies Award for best essay in the journal].
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