A Road Course in American LiteratureThomas Hallock~Stories about literature and place
I am an Associate Professor of English at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. My writing stems from personal experience and the classes I teach — early American literature and nature writing especially. After several academic volumes (see below), A Road Course in American Literature seeks to reach beyond academic audiences, using travel to explain a favorite course. With future work, I hope to explore further the seam between scholarship and verbal art. Projects in the pipeline include a cycle of poems about being an adoptive dad, an environmental memoir on urban ecology, and either some poetry translations or a book about circulating images of early Florida. (Time will tell.)
I am married to Julie Armstrong, we are the proud parents of an awesome teenage son, and we live in a fixed-up bungalow near Tampa Bay, on the south side of St. Petersburg. My major publications include From the Fallen Tree: Frontier Narratives, Environmental Politics and the Roots of a National Pastoral, Early Modern Ecostudies: From Shakespeare to the Florentine Codex (co-edited with Karen Raber and Ivo Kamps), William Bartram, the Search for Nature’s Design: Selected Letters, Art and Unpublished Writing (co-edited with Nancy Hoffmann), and the forthoming William and John Bartram: Travels on the St. Johns River (co-edited with Dick Franz). I have published poetry, essays and scholarly stuff in PMLA, The William & Mary Quarterly, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Orion, The Tampa Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review and elsewhere.
For a list my all-time favorite scholarly articles, click here.
I used to raise chickens.