Scott Slawinski

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Scott Slawinski
Director of Graduate Studies
(269) 387-2582
(269) 387-2562
615 Sprau Tower, Mail Stop 5331
Mailing address: 
Department of English
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5331 USA
  • Ph.D., English, University of South Carolina, 2002
  • M.A., English, University of Alabama, 1996
  • B.A., English, State University of New York Buffalo, 1992
Teaching interests: 
  • Literature of 19th-century America
  • Anglo-American modernist poetry
  • Early American literature & African American literature
  • 18th- and 19th-century British literature
Research interests: 
  • Gender and print culture in the early American republic
  • African American literature
  • 19th and early 20th century American literature

Dr. Scott Slawinski is an associate professor in the Department of English at Western Michigan University. 

Slawinski has taught courses in American literature ranging from the colonial period to the early 20th century, including courses in poetry andAfrican American literature as well as the literature of the Puritans,the Revolutionary generation, and the pre-Civil War period.  Recent courses include The Gilded Age, Anglo-American modernist poetry, Nathaniel Hawthorne, F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald,and Professionalization in English Studies. 

His book, Validating Bachelorhood: Audience, Patriarchy, and Charles Brockden Brown's Editorship of theMonthly 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 has edited the collected works of Sukey VickeryEmily Hamilton and Other Writings (Nebraska, 2009)and an edition ofSally Woods novel Julia and the Illuminated Baron (Early American Reprints, 2021).  For five years, Slawinski contributed the chapter Literature to 1800 to American Literary Scholarship. 

He received a grant from the Maine Women Writers Collection for his current book project, a biography of Sally SaywardBarrell KeatingWood and critical introduction to her fiction, tentatively titled Sally Wood: The Life and Works of Maine's First Gothic Novelist.  He is also co-editing a dual edition of her novels Dorval; or the Speculator and Amelia; or the Influence of Virtue.  Other current projects include an article on poet Ann Eliza Bleecker and novelist Theodore Dreiser.