Josef Benson

  • Associate Professor - English
  • English Department
  • Ph.D., University of South Florida, 2012
  • EMAIL: benson@uwp.edu
Josef Benson
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, his work has appeared or is forthcoming in over twenty publications, including: American Literature in Transition, 1980-1990 (Cambridge UP), Journal of Medical Humanities, Journal of Bisexuality, Southwestern American Literature, The Raymond Carver Review, Saw Palm, Moon City Review, and The Adirondack Review. He 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 three books under contract: The Invisible Costume: Whiteness and the Construction of Race in American Comics and Graphic Novels (UP of Mississippi 2019), Star Wars: The Triumph of Nerd Culture (Rowman & Littlefield 2020), and The Sniper: A Cultural Reading of Jeffrey Dahmer (UP of Kentucky 2021).

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

Selected Publications

2021: The Sniper: A Cultural Reading of Jeffrey Dahmer, University Press of Kentucky

2020: Star Wars: The Triumph of Nerd Culture, Rowman & Littlefield

2019: The Invisible Costume: Whiteness and the Construction of Race in American Comics and Graphic Novels, University Press of Mississippi

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

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

University Service

: Committee Member - University Committee
ENGL 101 - COMPOSITION AND READING
ENGL 106 - INTRO TO CREATIVE WRITING
ENGL 206 - CREATIVE WRITING: POETRY
ENGL 207 - CREATIVE WRITING: FICTION
ENGL 253 - LITERATURE INTO FILM:
ENGL 266 - LITERARY ANALYSIS
ENGL 267 - LITERATURE OF DIVERSITY: (DV)
ENGL 306 - ADVANCED POETRY WRITING
ENGL 307 - ADVANCED FICTION WRITING
ENGL 329 - 20TH & 21ST CENT AMERICAN LIT
ENGL 408 - CREATIVE WRITING CAPSTONE PROJ
ENGL 437 - STUDIES MODERN/CONTEMP LIT:
ENGL 495 - SEMINAR IN LITERATURE:
ENGL 499 - INDEPENDENT STUDY
WGSS 110 - INTRO WMNS/GENDR/SEXUALTY STDS
WGSS 494 - INTERNSHIP WMNS/GNDR/SEXUALITY
WGSS 499 - INDEPENDENT STUDY
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