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  • Josef Benson

  • Assistant Professor - English
  • Ph.D., University of South Florida, 2012
  • English
  • benson@uwp.edu
Biography
Josef Benson offers courses in contemporary literature, African American literature, gender studies, poetry writing, fiction writing, and composition. He is the author of J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye: A Cultural History (Rowman & Littlefield 2018) and Hypermasculinities in the Contemporary Novel: Cormac McCarthy, Toni Morrison, and James Baldwin (Rowman & Littlefield 2014). Additionally, Dr. Benson’s work has appeared in over twenty publications, including: Journal of Medical Humanities, Journal of Bisexuality, Southwestern American Literature, The Raymond Carver Review, Saw Palm, Moon City Review, The Adirondack Review, and Prick of the Spindle. Dr. Benson holds creative writing degrees from Missouri State University and the University of South Florida, as well as a Ph.D. in literature with a heavy emphasis in gender theory also from the University of South Florida, where he studied primarily with Susan Mooney, John Henry Fleming, and Jay Hopler. He is currently working on two books under contract, one for the University Press of Mississippi in collaboration with Dr. Doug Singsen entitled Whiteness In American Comics and Graphic novels (2019), and another for Rowman & Littlefield entitled Star Wars: The Triumph of Nerd Culture (2020).
Teaching, Research/Creative & Consulting Interests

Teaching Interests

My research, writing, and teaching interests primarily involve the intersectionalities of masculinities, "race," and sexualities in mid-to-late twentieth and twenty-first century American literatures.

Research Interests

Consulting Interests

Editorial Board Member for Pop Culture Studies Journal 2013-Present Editorial Board Member for The Raymond Carver Review 2014-Present
Publications
Selected Publications

2018: J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye: A Cultural History, Rowman & Littlefield

: Star Wars: The Triumph of Nerd Culture, Rowman & Littlefield (Under Contract 2020)

: Whiteness In American Comics and Graphic Novels, University Press of Mississippi (Under Contract 2019)

2014: Hypermasculinities in the Contemporary Novel: Cormac McCarthy, Toni Morrison, and James Baldwin, Rowman & Littlefield

Key Service Activities

College Service

: Committee Chair - Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Steering Committee
Courses Taught

Spring 2018

ENGL 206 CREATIVE WRITING: POETRY
ENGL 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
WGSS 494 INTERNSHIP WMNS/GNDR/SEXUALITY
ENGL 106 INTRO TO CREATIVE WRITING
ENGL 267 LITERATURE OF DIVERSITY: (DV)
ENGL 495 SEMINAR IN LITERATURE:

Fall 2017

ENGL 101 COMPOSITION AND READING
ENGL 207 CREATIVE WRITING: FICTION
ENGL 106 INTRO TO CREATIVE WRITING
ENGL 106 INTRO TO CREATIVE WRITING

Spring 2017

ENGL 329 20TH & 21ST CENT AMERICAN LIT
ENGL 307 ADVANCED FICTION WRITING
ENGL 408 CREATIVE WRITING CAPSTONE PROJ
ENGL 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
ENGL 267 LITERATURE OF DIVERSITY: (DV)

Fall 2016

ENGL 106 INTRO TO CREATIVE WRITING
WGSS 110 INTRO WMNS/GENDR/SEXUALTY STDS
ENGL 267 LITERATURE OF DIVERSITY: (DV)
ENGL 437 STUDIES MODERN/CONTEMP LIT:

Summer 2016

ENGL 106 INTRO TO CREATIVE WRITING

Spring 2016

ENGL 306 ADVANCED POETRY WRITING
ENGL 101 COMPOSITION AND READING
ENGL 101 COMPOSITION AND READING
WGSS 494 INTERNSHIP WMNS/GNDR/SEXUALITY
ENGL 266 LITERARY ANALYSIS

Fall 2015

ENGL 206 CREATIVE WRITING: POETRY
ENGL 100 FUNDAMENTALS OF ENGLISH
ENGL 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
ENGL 106 INTRO TO CREATIVE WRITING
WGSS 110 INTRO WMNS/GENDR/SEXUALTY STDS

Summer 2015

ENGL 101 COMPOSITION AND READING

Spring 2015

ENGL 406 ADV CREATIVE WRTG-POETRY
ENGL 101 COMPOSITION AND READING
ENGL 206 CREATIVE WRITING: POETRY
ENGL 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY
WGSS 110 INTRO WMNS/GENDR/SEXUALTY STDS
ENGL 237 MODRN/CONTEMP LIT 1920-PRESENT

Winterim 2015

ENGL 167 INTRO TO LITERATURE

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