Henry Veggian


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Senior Lecturer


I teach and develop courses in my primary field (20th century American Literature), but also instruct courses in genre fiction, literary criticism and American literature from European colonization to the modern era. Additionally, teaching  courses in undergraduate writing as well as advising English majors in the UNC Honors program count rank high on my list of preferred professional activiities. Curriculum and course design are activities I pursue whenever possible; I most recently designed "Literature in a Digital Age" (ENGL 137) for the English Department at UNC.

While teaching hours are primarily devoted to courses in American Literature and Composition, my scholarly research and writing is occupied with those fields as well as others. Scholarly journals (boundary 2, Modern Fiction Studies, American Studies, Reader and Quaderni d'Italianistica) have published my essays and reviews. Individual essays have also appeared in edited volumes, the most recent being my essay on Thomas Pynchon's novel Vineland in the collection Pynchon's California from the University of Iowa Press.

I have written two books. The University of South Carolina Press published the first, a monograph about the American writer Don DeLillo, in 2014. The second, entitled Welcome to Bowfin Country, was accepted for review by the UNC Press. I received a small grant in 2014 to complete that project, and am currently revising the manuscript.

I was raised in and around the editorial offices of Il Progresso Italo-Americano, the historic Italian language newspaper of New York City, and honor that memory by maintaining a steady editorial work of my own. It includes:

 - Advisory Editor for boundary 2 and its website.

- Series Editor of the Dialogue Series for Rodopi Editions (now an imprint of Brill Publishers). Recent and forthcoming volumes include collections of essays on Paul Bowles, Sherwood Anderson, Marilynne Robinson. J.G. Ballard and Patrick McCabe.

- Co-Editor (with Richard Purcell) of a new volume of schoalrly essays about the writings of President Barack Obama.



Hire Date: 2006

Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh

M.A. Montclair State University

B.A. Montclair State University

Research Groups and Interests

Group IX - Critical Theory and Cultural Studies
Group VII - American Literature from 1900 to the Present
Group X - Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy