Professor Egan came to Brown in 1991 after receiving his PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara. In 1999, he published, Authorizing Experience: Refigurations of the Body Politic in Seventeenth-Century New England Writing. In 2011, he published Oriental Shadows: The Presence of the East in Early American Literature.
Oriental Shadows: The Presence of the East in Early American Literature (Columbus, OH: Ohio State UP, 2011 )
“The Emergence of a Southern Tradition,” in The Cambridge History of American Poetry,” ed. Alfred Bendixen and Stephen Burt (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, forthcoming), 28 ms. pp.
“Creole Bradstreet: Philip Sidney, Alexander the Great, and English Identities,” in Creole Subjects in the Colonial Americas: Empires, Texts, Identities, eds. Ralph Bauer and José Antonio Mazzotti (Chapel Hill: The Univ. of North Carolina Pr for the Omohundro Institute for the Study of Early American History and Culture, 2009), 219-240.
“The East in British-American Writing: English Identity, John Smith’s True Travels, and Severed Heads,” in Environment and Embodiment in Early Modern England, eds. Mary Floyd-Wilson and Garrett Sullivan (London: Palgrave McMillan, 2007), 103-117.
The "Long'd-for Aera" of An "Other Race": Climate, Identity, and James Grainger's The Sugar Cane," Early American Literature 38 (2003): 189-212.
"Turning Identity Upside Down: Benjamin Franklin's Antipodean Cosmopolitanism," in Messy Beginnings: Postcolonial Early American Studies, eds. Edward Watts and Malini Schueller, (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers UP, 2003), 203-222.
"'To Bring Mary-land into England': English Identities in Colonial American Writing," Finding Colonial America: Essays Honoring J.A. Leo Lemay, eds. Carla Mulford and David S. Shields (Newark: Univ. of Delaware Press, 2001), 125-136.
"The English Common Body as Commodity in Ebenezer Cooke'sThe Sot-Weed Factor," Criticism 41 (1999): 385-400.
Authorizing Experience: Refigurations of the Body Politic in Seventeenth-Century New England Writing (Princeton University Press, 1999)
"Analyzing the Apparatus: Teaching American Literature Anthologies as Texts," Early American Literature 32 (1997): 102-108.
"Hee that hath experience . . . to subject the Salvages": British Colonialism and the Construction of Modern Experiential Authority," Genre 28 (1995): 445-464.
|1991||PhD||University of California, Santa Barbara|
|1985||MA||University of California, Santa Barbara|
|1985||MA||San Francisco State University|
|1983||BA||University of California, Santa Cruz|
I teach courses on American literature before the Civil War, with a special emphasis on literature produced before 1800. My courses cover a range of topics, from EL1560V, "The Lives of a Text," EL0131, "American Degenerates," EL0151, "The Literature of the American South," to EL0131, "Monsters, Giants, and Fantastic Landscapes in Early American Literature," to EL 41, "Devils, Demons, and Do-Gooders."
|ENGL 0100F - Devils, Demons, and Do Gooders|
|ENGL 0100W - Literature Reformatted|
|ENGL 0510S - Good, Evil, and Inbetween|
|ENGL 0511C - Fantastic Places, Unhuman Humans|
|ENGL 0930 - Introduction to Creative Nonfiction|
|ENGL 1310H - The Origins of American Literature|
|ENGL 1950J - Reading Literature in a Digital World|
|ENGL 1991 - Senior Honors Seminar in English|
|ENGL 1992 - Senior Honors Thesis in English|
|ENGL 2561N - Studying American Literature in a Digital Age|