College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Eric Anderson

Eric Anderson

Eric Anderson

Director, Native American and Indigenous Studies

Associate Professor

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

In 2014, Eric Gary Anderson won a University Teaching Excellence Award with special acknowledgment of his contributions to General Education at Mason. In addition to his book, American Indian Literature and the Southwest: Contexts and Dispositions (University of Texas Press, 1999), he has published upwards of twenty essays in edited volumes and journals, including pieces in PMLA, American Literary History, Early American Literature, Southern Spaces, Mississippi Quarterly, and South to a New Place. His most recent work includes contributions to Critical Terms for Southern Studies, the Cambridge Robert Frost in Context, and The Oxford Handbook to the Literature of the US South. With Taylor Hagood and Daniel Cross Turner, he is a co-editor of Undead Souths: The Gothic and Beyond in Southern Literature and Culture, a collection of essays forthcoming from Louisiana State University Press in Fall 2015. From 2012-14, he served as President of The Society for the Study of Southern Literature.

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!