Donna M. Campbell

Donna Campbell

Donna Campbell


Donna Campbell (Ph. D., University of Kansas, 1990) teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American literature. Before coming to WSU in 2004, she was an associate professor of English at Gonzaga University, where she won the university’s Outstanding Scholarship award in 2000. Her book Resisting Regionalism: Gender and Naturalism in American Fiction, 1880-1915 (Ohio U P, 1997), won the Northeast Modern Language Association book prize in 1995, and her publications, several of which have been reprinted, include articles in Studies in American Fiction, American Literary Realism, Studies in American Naturalism, Legacy, Resources for American Literary Study, Great Plains Quarterly, and the Norton Critical Edition of McTeague. Chair of the Regional Chapters Committee of the American Studies Association from 2004-2008, she has served as an officer in a number of scholarly societies, including the Society for the Study of American Women Writers, and maintains several web sites. From 2000-2008 she wrote the annual “Fiction: 1900 to the 1930s” chapter for American Literary Scholarship (Duke University Press). From 2007-2010 she was the Lewis and Stella Buchanan Distinguished Associate Professor of English, and from September 2010-June 2011 she served as the editor of ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance.

Recent Publications:

Selected recent and forthcoming publications include “Relative Truths: The Damnation of Theron Ware, Father Forbes, and the ‘Church of America’” in American Literary Realism (2012); “Literary Darwinism and the Rise of Naturalism” in The Cambridge History of the American Novel, ed. Leonard Cassuto and Clare Eby; “Women and Naturalism” in The Oxford Handbook of American Naturalism, ed. Keith Newlin (2011); “At Fault: Kate Chopin’s Other Novel” in The Cambridge Companion to Kate Chopin, ed. Janet Beer (2008); “Naturalism: Turn-of-the-Century Modernism” in The Blackwell Companion to the American Novel, 1900-1950, ed. John T. Matthews (2009); and “A Forgotten Daughter of Bohemia: Gertrude Christian Fosdick’s Out of Bohemia” Legacy (2008).

Research Interests:

Literature. Professor Campbell’s research interests include American literature of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with a special interest in local color or regional fiction, realism, and naturalism. Her other interests include the field of digital humanities, early film, and women’s middlebrow fiction of the 1920s (Edna Ferber, Rose Wilder Lane, Dorothy Canfield Fisher). Her publications include work on Edith Wharton, Frank Norris, Louisa May Alcott, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, Stephen Crane, William Dean Howells, Theodore Dreiser, Harold Frederic, Jack London, and Sarah Orne Jewett. Her current project is a book on women writers of naturalism called Bitter Tastes: Naturalism, Early Cinema, and American Women’s Writing.

Digital Technologies:

An early proponent (since 1989) of using digital technologies in teaching both writing and literature, Campbell has incorporated listservs, synchronous and asynchronous interactive methods of discussion (chats and discussion boards), and student-created web sites (since 1999) into her classes; beginning in 2003, she has also used weblogs, wikis, and other technologies in her face-to-face and online classes.

Since the beginning, a central purpose in her teaching with technology has been to engage students in multimodal approaches to literature and writing, thus encouraging them to find a broader audience beyond the classroom and diverse ways of creating and expressing the meaning of texts. Her American literature site for scholars and students grew out of this interest. She is currently (2012-2015) an MLA Special Interest Delegate for Continuing and Distance Education.

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