College of Humanities and Social Sciences

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Eric Anderson

Eric Anderson

Eric Anderson

Associate Professor

Director, Native American and Indigenous Studies

American Indian literatures, U.S. and global Southern studies, American fiction from the beginnings to the 21st century, multi-ethnic American literatures

Eric Gary Anderson is the author of American Indian Literature and the Southwest: Contexts and Dispositions (U of Texas P, 1999) as well as chapters in a variety of books including Faulkner and the Ecology of the South, Speak to Me Words: Essays on Contemporary American Indian Poetry, and South to a New Place: Region, Literature, Culture. His article "Black Atlanta: An Eco-Social Approach to Atlanta Child Murder Narratives" appears in PMLA (the Cities issue, January 2007). Other recent and forthcoming work includes "Indian Agency: Life of Black Hawk and the Countercolonial Provocations of Early Native American Writing" (in ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance), "South to a Red Place: Contemporary American Indian Literature and the Problem of Native/Southern Studies" (in Mississippi Quarterly), and "Demon Theory for Beginners, or, The Intertextual Badlands of Stephen Graham Jones" (in a book dedicated to broadening the Indigenous literary canon). Born and raised in Middlesex Borough, New Jersey, he received  his PhD from Rutgers (The State University of New Jersey) in 1994 and has taught at Rutgers, Oklahoma State University, and, beginning in 2004, George Mason. At Mason, he directs the interdisciplinary minor in Native American/Indigenous studies and is faculty adviser for the Native American/Indigenous Alliance. Currently, Anderson is working on his next book, On Native Southern Ground.

Current Research

His current book project is On Native Southern Ground, an interdisciplinary analysis of literary texts ranging from pre-1700 southeastern captivity narratives to contemporary Native artistic and intellectual works. Research for this project was supported during Fall 2009 by a Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Fellowship.

Selected Publications

"The Presence of Early Native Studies: A Response to Stephanie Fitzgerald and Hilary E. Wyss." American Literary History 22:2 (Summer 2010). 280-288.  Jointly published in Early American Literature 45:2 (2010). 251-260.

"Black Atlanta: An Ecosocial Approach to Narratives of the Atlanta Child Murders." PMLA 122.1 (2007): 194-209.

"On Native Ground: Indigenous Presences and Countercolonial Strategies in Southern Narratives of Captivity, Removal, and Repossession." Southern Spaces (Aug. 2007). (Available online)

"South to a Red Place: Contemporary American Indian Literature and the Problem of Native/Southern Studies." Mississippi Quarterly 60.1 (2006-07): 5-32.

"Indian Agency: Life of Black Hawk and the Countercolonial Provocations of Early Native American Writing." ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance 52.1-2 (2006): 75-104.

"Environed Blood: Ecology and Violence in The Sound and the Fury and Sanctuary." Faulkner and the Ecology of the South: Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha. Ed. Joseph R. Urgo and Ann L. Abadie. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 2005. 30-46.

"Captivity and Freedom: Ann Eliza Bleecker, Harriet Prescott Spofford, and Washington Irving's 'Rip Van Winkle.'" A Companion to American Fiction, 1780-1865. Ed. Shirley Samuels. London: Blackwell, 2004. 342-52.

"Situating American Indian Poetry: Place, Community, and the Question of Genre." Speak to Me Words: Essays on Contemporary American Indian Poetry. Ed. Janice Gould and Dean Rader. Tucson: U of Arizona P, 2003. 34-55.

"Ecocriticism, Native American Literature, and the South: The Inaccessible Worlds of Linda Hogan's Power." South to a New Place: Region, Literature, Culture. Ed. Suzanne Jones and Sharon Monteith. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State UP, 2002. 165-83.

American Indian Literature and the Southwest: Contexts and Dispositions. Austin: U of Texas P, 1999.

Courses Taught

NAIS 201: Introduction to Native American and Indigenous Studies

ENGL 325: Dimensions of Writing and Literature

ENGL 363: Faulkner and Southern Fictions

ENGL 375: Special Topics in American Ethnic Literature: Native American Literature

ENGL 414: Honors Seminar:  Southern Literature

ENGL 610: Proseminar in the Teaching of Literature

ENGL 660: Southern Fictions from Faulkner to Swamplandia!