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William Rossi

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  • Title: Professor
  • Additional Title: Director of Undergraduate Studies
  • Phone: 541-346-3955
  • Office: 363 PLC
  • Office Hours: Winter term: W 12:00-3:00

More About William Rossi


I teach courses at all levels of the English curriculum, including lower- and upper-division undergraduate courses in American and environmental literature as well as graduate seminars.  Among those recently taught:


Recent publications include, Norton Critical Edition of Henry D. Thoreau, Walden, Civil Disobedience, and Other Writings, 3rd ed. (W.W. Norton, 2008); "Evolutionary Theory" in The Oxford Handbook of Transcendentalism, ed. Joel Myerson, Sandra Harbert Petrulionis, and Laura Dassow Walls (Oxford, 2010); "Performing Loss, Elegy, and Transcendental Friendship," New England Quarterly 81 (2008); “Thoreau’s Multiple Modernities,” in Thoreauvian Modernities: Transatlantic Conversations on an American Icon, ed. François Specq, Michel Granger, and Laura Dassow Walls (Georgia, 2013), and, with John T. Lysaker, Emerson and Thoreau: Figures of Friendship (Indiana, 2010).



I work on nineteenth-century American literature and culture with particular research interests in New England Transcendentalism, history of science (especially evolutionary discourse), environmental writing, and "place studies."