Timothy Sweet

Department of English
PO BOX 6296
West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV 26506-6296
304-293-3107 x417


Ph.D., English, University of Minnesota, 1988.
M.A., English, University of Minnesota, 1986.
B.A., summa cum laude, English, University of Minnesota, 1982.


Associate Professor, Department of English, West Virginia University, 1996-present; Assistant 1990-96.

Lecturer, Department of English, George Mason University, 1988- 1990.

Instructor, Department of English, University of Minnesota, 1985, 1987.

Instructor, Program in Composition, University of Minnesota, 1983-1987.

Teaching Assistant, Department of English, University of Minnesota, 1982-83.



Traces of War: Poetry, Photography, and the Crisis of the Union. Baltimore and London: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1990.


 "Economy, Ecology, and Utopia in Early Colonial Promotional Literature."  American Literature 71 (September 1999): 399-427.

"Photography and the Museum of Rome in Hawthorne's The Marble Faun." In Photo-Textualities: Reading Photographs and Literature. Ed. Marsha Bryant. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1996. 25-42.

"Ghost Dance? Photography, Agency, and Authenticity in Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions." Modern Fiction Studies 40 (1994): 493-508.

"American Pastoralism and the Marketplace: Eighteenth-Century Ideologies of Farming." Early American Literature 29 (1994): 59-80.

"Masculinity and Self-Performance in the Life of Black Hawk." American Literature 65 (1993): 475-99. Rpt. in Subjects and Citizens: Nation, Race, and Gender from Oroonoko to Anita Hill. Eds. Michael Moon and Cathy Davidson. Durham and London: Duke University Press: 1995. 219-43.

"Pastoral Landscape with Indians: George Copway and the Political Unconscious of the American Pastoral." Prospects 18 (1993): 1-27.

James Schramer and Timothy Sweet. "Violence and the Body Politic in Seventeenth-Century New England." Arizona Quarterly 48.2 (Summer 1992): 1-32.

"Gender, Genre, and Subjectivity in Anne Bradstreet's Early Elegies." Early American Literature 23 (1988): 152-74.

Reviews and other items in print

Rev. of Reading the Earth: New Directions in the Study of Literature and the Environment, eds. Michael Branch et al.  American Literature 72 (March 2000): 219-20.

Rev. of Authorizing Experience: Refigurations of the Body Politic in Seventeenth-Century New England Writing, by Jim Egan.  Early American Literature 35 (Winter 2000): 92-95.

Contribution to Forum on "Literatures of the Environment."  PMLA 114 (October 1999): 1103.

"George Copway." American Travel Writers, 1776-1850. Eds. Donald Ross and James Schramer. Dictionary of Literary Biography, vol.183.  Detroit, Washington DC, and London: Bruccoli Clark Layman-Gale Research, 1997.  68-72.

Rev. of Mediation in Contemporary Native American Fiction, by James Ruppert. Modern Fiction Studies 42 (1996): 856-58.

Rev. of High Lonesome: The American Culture of Country Music, by Cecelia Tichi. Modern Fiction Studies 41 (1995): 405-07.

Rev. of Bodies and Machines, by Mark Seltzer. Modern Fiction Studies 40 (1994): 914-15.

Rev. of Where My Heart is Turning Ever: Civil War Stories and Constitutional Reform, 1861-1876, by Kathleen Diffley. College Literature 21 (1994): 174-76.

Rev. of Image and Word: The Interaction of Twentieth-Century Photographs and Texts, by Jefferson Hunter, and In Visible Light: Photography and the American Writer, 1840-1940, by Carol Shloss. Resources for American Literary Study 18 (1992): 275-79.

Conference Papers

"The Cherokee Phoenix, the National Intelligencer, and the Logic of Property."  Midwest Modern Language Association.  Minneapolis.  11/6/99.

"The Indian in the Garden: Cherokee Removal and the Pastoral Ideal."  American Literature Association.  Baltimore, 5/28/98.

"Economy and Entropy in Hakluyt's 'Discourse of Western Planting.'" Society of Early Americanists.  Charleston, SC, 3/99.

"'Waste People,' 'Waste Countries': Colonization Plans and Early American Environments."  Modern Language Association.  San Franciso, 12/98.

"Cherokee Improvements: Agrarian Identity and the Removal Debates."  MELUS.  Washington, DC, 4/25/98.

"Teaching the Cultures of Early America: Native American Cultures." American Literature Association. Baltimore, 5/23/97.

"Wonder-Working Providence of the Market? Bradford, Johnson, and the Secularization of Agrarian Theory." Modern Language Association. Washington, DC, 12/27/96.

"Pastoral and Class in Frontier Michigan: Caroline Kirkland's A New Home, Who'll Follow?" "Constance Fenimore Woolson's Nineteenth Century," Woolson Society. Mackinac, MI, 10/4/96

"Agriculture and Historiography in Seventeenth-Century New England." "Early Modern Culture, 1450-1850," Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies. Dallas, 10/7/95.

"Photography and Agency in Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions." Midwest Modern Language Association. Chicago, 11/12/94.

"Masculinity, Performance, and Representation: The Gendering of Black Hawk." Modern Language Association. New York, 12/29/92.

"Pastoral Landscape with Indians: George Copway's New World Vision." Midwest Modern Language Association. Chicago, 11/14/91.

"Hawthorne in the Museum of Rome." Midwest Modern Language Association. Kansas City, 11/3/90.

"The Annihilation of Surprise: Tourism, Photography, and the Reception of Hawthorne's The Marble Faun." "Crossing the Disciplines: Cultural Studies in the 1990s," Oklahoma Project for Discourse and Theory and Semiotic Society of America. Norman, 10/19/90.

"The Body Politic and the War between Spirit and Flesh: Representations of Violence in Seventeenth-Century New England." Northeast Modern Language Association. Wilmington, 4/1/89.


Undergraduate Courses at WVU

Graduate Courses at WVU


    Associate Chair, Department of English, 2000-present

    Ph.D. Program Supervisor, Department of English, 1996-2000

Service to Professional Organizations

Editorial Boards

American Literature, 1996-98.

Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, 1994-present.


Chair and Respondent, "Writing the American Civil War," Modern Language Association, 1996.

Chair and Respondent, "Americanizing Native Americans," American Studies Association, 1995.

Chair, Native American Literature Section, Midwest Modern Language Association, 1993.

Respondent, American Literature I Section, Midwest Modern Language Association, 1993.

Secretary, Native American Literature Section, Midwest Modern Language Association, 1992.

Respondent, Native American Literature Section, Midwest Modern Language Association, 1991.

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