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University of Oregon

Elizabeth Wheeler

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  • Title: Associate Professor
  • Phone: (541) 346-3929
  • Office: 238 PLC
  • Office Hours: [No office hours on 5/22] M & F: 10:00 -11:30 am


Publications include the forthcoming "Don't Climb Every Mountain" in ISLE (Interdisciplinary Study of Literature and the Environment) as well as the book Uncontained: Urban Fiction in Postwar America (a Choice Outstanding Academic Title), "More Than the Western Sky: Watts on Television, August 1965," and "Outwitting Our Captors." 


I specialize in post-1945 American literature, youth literature and popular culture, disability studies, cultural studies, and community literacy. I'm currently writing a book called HandiLand: Kids with Disabilities in 21st Century America. The book reveals new understandings of disabled kids in contemporary teen and children's literature, online communities, parents' oral histories, and politicians' speeches. My popular culture interests include hip hop and graphic novels. My article "Don't Climb Every Mountain," a disability studies critique of nature writing, will soon appear in ISLE. I direct the University of Oregon Literacy Initiative, a service learning community outreach program. I also teach courses in prison through the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program.