Early American Literature; History of the Book; and Gender Studies
Department of English
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5331
Office: (269) 387-2582
615 Sprau Tower
Ph.D., University of South Carolina (2002)
While centered in the Colonial and early Federal periods, Scott Slawinski's teaching interests range through the nineteenth and early twentieth century. At Western he has taught African-American Literature, American Literature I, Studies in the Novel, and Studies in American Literature.
In addition to his Ph.D., Slawinski holds a B.A. from SUNY-Buffalo and an M.A. from the University of Alabama. He has focused his scholarship on gender and print culture in the early American republic. His book, Validating Bachelorhood: Audience, Patriarchy, and Charles Brockden Brown's Editorship of the Monthly Magazine and American Review (Routledge, 2005), explores how Brown used his position as author and editor to promote bachelorhood as a viable alternate form of masculinity in a culture that valorized matrimony and family life. Slawinski is editing the collected works of Sukey Vickery (Emily Hamilton and Other Writings, forthcoming from the University of Nebraska Press) and, with Sharon M. Harris, the writings of Ann Eliza Bleecker and Margaretta V. Faugeres. He has received a grant from the Maine Women Writers Collection to begin his next book project, a biography of novelist Sally Wood and critical introduction to her fiction, tentatively titled Sally Wood: The Life and Works of Maine's First Gothic Novelist. Much to the dismay of his family, friends, and colleagues, Slawinski never misses an opportunity to promote early America as a field of study.