American Literature; Cultural Studies; Film
Department of English
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5331
Office: (269) 387-2571
618 Sprau Tower
Ph.D., University of Oregon (1998)
Nicolas Witschi's research and teaching interests include American literary realism and naturalism, the American West, culture studies, environmental literature, and film history and criticism. He is the author of Traces of Gold: California's Natural Resources and the Claim to Realism in Western American Literature (U of Alabama P, 2002); of a Western Writers Series monograph on Alonzo "Old Block" Delano (Boise State, 2006); of articles and essays on Mary Austin, John Muir, Sinclair Lewis, and Henry James; and the editor of A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West (Blackwell, 2011). He also regularly contributes the "Late-19th-Century Literature" chapter to American Literary Scholarship: An Annual, published by Duke UP. At present he is working on a book-length study of the contributions of autobiographical writings by famous gunfighters to the development of the western as both a cultural phenomenon and a literary genre.
Witschi has been a Fulbright Junior Lecturer in American Studies at the University of Regensburg, Germany (1999-2000), and a participant in an NEH Summer Institute on "The Redemptive West" at The Huntington Library (2005). He has also received a Dean's Faculty and Staff Appreciation Award from Western Michigan University and fellowships-in-residence at The Huntington Library and the Houghton Library at Harvard University. He is a former Co-President of the Western Literature Association, and he currently sits on the editorial board of the Association's journal, Western American Literature.