TitleAssociate Professor and Graduate Coordinator
Office BuildingPugsley Center
Mailing AddressPugsley Cont Ed Center 425
Brookings, SD 57007
BiographyPaul Baggett is Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator of English. He specializes in nineteenth and twentieth-century American literature, with ongoing interests in aesthetic and political theory, mass and popular culture, and literature's role in the formation of critical citizenship. He has published work on Charles W. Chesnutt, Frederick Douglass, Jack London, Mary Seacole, and South Dakota literary history.
EducationPh.D. in English, University of Miami, Coral Gables (High Honors)
M.A. in English, California State University, Long Beach
B.A. in English, University of California, Irvine
Modern Language Association
C19: Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists
Jack London Society
Charles Chesnutt Association
Rebecca Harding Davis Society
Academic Interests/ExpertiseAmerican Studies, aesthetic and political theory, mass and popular culture.
Literature of the American West, South Dakota Literature.
Peace and Conflict Studies
Academic ResponsibilitiesEnglish courses taught include Introduction to Criticism, American Literature I and II, Literature of the American West, American Renaissance, American Realism and Naturalism, Studies in African American Literature, American Literature and the "Transnational Turn," The Body in Literature and Film, and Twentieth and Twenty-First Century War Narratives.
Interdisciplinary courses taught include Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies, Introduction to Global Citizenship and Diversity, Paris: Global City of Light (Honors colloquium), and Reinvigorating Intellectual Culture (Honors Colloquium).
Awards and HonorsOutstanding Experiential Learning Educator, South Dakota State University, 2017.
J.P. Hendrickson Faculty Scholar and Herbert Cheever Jr. Liberal Arts Distinguished Lecturer, South Dakota State University, 2014.
Area(s) of ResearchSelected Publications:
"Jack London and Physical Culture." The Oxford Handbook of Jack London. Ed. Jay Williams. New York: Oxford UP, 2017. 490-504.
Literature and Photography in Transition, 1850-1915, by Owen Clayton. (Review) Studies in American Naturalism. Ed. Keith Newlin. Volume 11, Number 2 (Winter 2016). 84-88.
“South Dakota Literature.” Dictionary of Midwestern Literature. Ed. Philip A. Greasley. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2016. 792-810.
“Poetry and Prose in Action: South Dakota Women Writers.” Action, Impact, Voice: Contemporary South Dakota Women. Ed. Meredith Redlin et al. South Dakota Agricultural Museum, 2015. 83-93.
“Charles Chesnutt and the ‘Province of Literature’.” North Carolina Literary Review, No. 23, 2014, 80-94.
Infinite West: Travels in South Dakota by Fraser Harrison. (review). Great Plains Quarterly, Volume 34, Number 2, Spring 2014, pp. 192-193.
“Caught Between Homes: Mary Seacole and the Question of Cultural Identity.” MaComére: Journal of the Association of Caribbean Women and Writers and Scholars 3 (2000): 45-56.
“Transcending the Boundaries of Nation: Images and Imaginings of Frederick Douglass.” In Process: A Journal of African American and African Diasporan Literature and Culture 2 (2000): 103-13.
"Spectacles of Empire, Empire of Spectacle: Jack London in the South Seas." American Literature Association Conference, May 2018, San Francisco, CA.
"Corporeal Conundrums of a Famous Author." Jack London Biennial Symposium, September 15-17, 2016, Napa, CA.
"Jack London and Physical Culture." “Jack London and Physical Culture.” American Literature Association Conference, May, 2016, San Francisco, CA.
“Reinvigorating Intellectual Culture in Honors,” National Collegiate Honors Council Conference, November 14, 2015, Chicago, IL.
"Pushing the Boundaries of Gender and Genre: South Dakota Women’s Literature. College of Arts and Sciences' J.P. Hendrickson Faculty Scholar award and Herbert Cheever Jr. Liberal Arts Lecture, January, 2014, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD.
“Rebecca Harding Davis’s Life in the Age of Occupy.” American Literature Association Annual Conference, May 2013, Boston, MA.
“Nella Larsen and the Ambivalence of Embodied Black Spectacle.”14th Annual Modernist Studies Association: Modernism and Spectacle.” October, 2012, Las Vegas, NV.
“Aesthetics, Politics, and the ‘Unfinished Work’ of the Korl Woman.” Craft, Critique, Culture Conference: The Art of Revolution, March 2012. University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.
“Politics Through the Back Door: An Inquiry into Chesnutt’s Aesthetic Practice.” American Literature Association Annual Conference, May, 2011.
“Why South Dakota Literature Matters.” Sewrey Colloquium Lecture. February, 2010. South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD.
“Aesthetic Autonomy in the Capitalist Public Sphere: Jack London’s Martin Eden.” National Popular Culture and American Culture Associations Conference, March 20, 2008, San Francisco, CA.
“The Incorporation of the Body of Jack London,” 32nd Modern Literature Conference, Michigan State University, October 23, 1999, East Lansing, MI.
“Transcending the Boundaries of Nation: Images and Imaginings of Frederick Douglass,” Creighton Conference on Language and Literature, March 20, 1998, Creighton University, Omaha, NE.
“Caught Between Homes: Mary Seacole and the Question of Cultural Identity,” 17th Annual West Indian Literature Conference, Spring, 1998, University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Kingston, Jamaica.
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