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English Department

Physical Address:
200 Brink Hall

Mailing Address:
English Department
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1102
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1102

Phone: 208-885-6156

Fax: 208-885-5944

Email: englishdept@uidaho.edu

Web: English

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Erin James

Erin James

Associate Professor

Office

208 Brink Hall

Mailing Address

English Department
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1102
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1102

Erin James teaches global literatures in English and critical theory.

  • B.A.H., English and Biology, Acadia University, 2002
  • M.A., Colonial and Postcolonial Literatures in English, University of Warwick, 2003
  • Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of Warwick, 2008

Erin James joined the English Department at the University of Idaho in 2012. Her book The Storyworld Accord: Econarratology and Postcolonial Narratives (University of Nebraska Press, 2015) explores the intersections of ecocriticism, postcolonialism, and narrative theory and questions the role narratives stand to play in a response to today’s environmental crisis.

Erin has also published essays in The Language of Plants (U of Minnesota Press 2017), the Journal of Narrative Theory, the Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Literature, The Bioregional Imagination (U of Georgia P 2012), and Teaching Ecocriticism and Green Cultural Studies (Palgrave 2012).

At the University of Idaho, Erin teaches courses on global literatures in English, postcolonial literatures and theory, ecocriticism, and critical theory. She is also the Director of the M.A. in English and the chair of the Ecocriticism Reading Group.

  • Comparative Literature
  • Ecocriticism
  • Narrative Theory
  • Postcolonial Theory

  • “What the Plant Says: Plant Narrators and the Ecosocial Imaginary.” The Language of Plants: Science, Philosophy, Literature. Patricia Vieira, Monica Gagliano, and John Ryan, eds. University of Minnesota Press, 2017.
  • The Storyworld Accord: Econarratology and Postcolonial Narratives. University of Nebraska Press, 2015.
  • "Immersed in the Storyworld: Rotten English and Orality in Ken Saro-Wiwa's Sozaboy." Journal of Narrative Theory, forthcoming.
  • "Teaching the Postcolonial Ecocritical Dialogue." Teaching Ecocriticism and Green Cultural Studies. Greg Garrard, ed. Palgrave Macmillian, 2012.
  • "Bioregionalism, Postcolonial Literatures and Ben Okri's The Famished Road.The Bioregional Imagination: Literature, Ecology, and Place. Karla Armbruster, Cheryll Glotfelty, and Tom Lynch, eds. University of Georgia Press, 2012.
  • "Doomed Kyoto: Language, Environment and National Interests." Journal for Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies. 14.2 (Spring 2007): 83-100.

  • Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Idaho, 2017
  • Perkins Prize for Best Book in Narrative Theory for The Storyworld Accord, International Society for the Study of Narrative, 2017
  • Finalist, Ecocriticism Book Award for The Storyworld Accord, Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, 2017
  • Alumni Award for Excellence, University of Idaho, 2016
  • Seed Grant, University of Idaho, 2014
  • Best Seminar, English Graduate Organization, University of Nevada, Reno, 2012
  • Junior Faculty Summer Research Grant, University of Nevada, Reno, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Lakshmi Persaud Fellowship, University of Warwick, 2005, 2006
  • Kathy Dent Fellowship, University of Warwick, 2006
  • Canadian Centiennial Scholarship Fund, Canadian Women's Club, 2006
  • HRC Doctoral Fellowship, University of Warwick, 2005

English Department

Physical Address:
200 Brink Hall

Mailing Address:
English Department
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1102
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1102

Phone: 208-885-6156

Fax: 208-885-5944

Email: englishdept@uidaho.edu

Web: English

Directory Map