Department of English
Eric Brown teaches courses in early British literature, including Shakespeare, and his research interests range from film to the natural sciences. He has twice been a visiting professor at Harvard University, where he was also a post-doctoral fellow in Renaissance studies, and at the Université du Maine (Le Mans). He spent a year as a Fulbright scholar at the University of Bergen, Norway, and in 2011-12 he was Trustee Professor at the University of Maine at Farmington. He has published over thirty essays on such figures as Shakespeare, Milton, Spenser, Sidney, Donne, and Marlowe. He is editor of the book Insect Poetics (University of Minnesota Press, 2006), an interdisciplinary collection that theorizes insects in a variety of texts and contexts, and co-editor of the book Shakespeare in Performance (Cambridge Scholars, 2013). He has recently published the book Milton on Film, detailing cinematic adaptations of Paradise Lost.
Kristen Case teaches courses in American literature, environmental writing, and the intersection of 20th- and 21st-century American literature and philosophy. She has published essays on Henry David Thoreau, Robert Frost, Ezra Pound, Wallace Stevens, and William James, and is the author of American Pragmatism and Poetic Practice: Crosscurrents from Emerson to Susan Howe (Camden House, 2011). Her poetry collection, Little Arias (New Issues, 2015) won the Maine literary Award for Poetry. She is co-editor of the volumes Thoreau at 200: Essays and Reassessments (Cambridge UP, 2016) and 21|19: Contemporary Poets on Nineteenth-Century American Texts (forthcoming, Milkweed Editions). She directs Thoreau’s Kalendar: A Digital Archive of the Phenological Manuscripts of Henry David Thoreau and The New Commons Project, a public humanities initiative sponsored by the Mellon Foundation.
Christine Darrohn has always been a devoted reader--as a little girl she refused to take her naps unless she could take a book to bed. Today Christine is devoted to guiding her students to become strong readers of literature who can explore the meanings of the very smallest of textual details. In her scholarship, Christine also examines texts closely in relation to a variety of cultural contexts, such as the Great War, early twentieth-century auditory technologies, and attitudes towards empire. More fundamentally, she is interested in writers' representations of the possibilities and difficulties of forming human connections across social barriers. Holding an MFA in creative writing in addition to a PhD in literature, Christine is a published fiction writer and is currently working on a novel. Christine also coordinates the First-Year Seminar and Writing Seminar program, which facilitates students' academic transition to college.
Daniel Gunn has taught at UMF since 1980, offering courses in the English novel, the theory of the novel, the eighteenth century, Shakespeare, James Joyce, and many other areas. During his time at UMF, he has served as Faculty Senate Chair, Chair of the Humanities Division, Acting Dean of Arts and Sciences, and Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. He has published critical essays on Jane Austen, George Eliot, James Joyce, Samuel Richardson, Henry James, and other novelists in distinguished academic journals, including Narrative, Nineteenth-Century Literature, James Joyce Quarterly, and Eighteenth-Century Fiction. He has also published occasional essays in the Georgia Review, the Iowa Review, the Ohio Review and other magazines. He won a fellowship to the National Humanities Center in 1988, a Trustee Professorship in 2003, the Theo Kalikow Award in 2014, and the Award for Outstanding Teaching in Honors in 2016.
Michael Johnson teaches courses in American literature, literary theory, multicultural literature, and African American literature. Recent courses include African American Literature and Culture, Popular Genres, The Splendid Drunken Twenties, and Contemporary Native American Literature and Film. He has also taught courses on the topic of The Walking Dead and claims to be the English Department’s resident expert on surviving the Zombie Apocalypse. Dr. Johnson’s primary research area is African American Literature. His publications include Black Masculinity and the Frontier Myth in American Literature and Hoo-Doo Cowboys and Bronze Buckaroos: Conceptions of the African American West. His current work in progress is a biography of African American singer Taylor Gordon, tentatively titled Can't Stand Still: Taylor Gordon and the Harlem Renaissance.
Ann Kennedy came to the University of Maine-Farmington in 2007 from the University of Houston-Downtown. She holds a joint appointment in Women’s and Gender Studies and in First-Year Composition. She regularly teaches first-year writing seminar and Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies. She also teaches Contemporary Feminist Thought, The Female Body in Western Culture, and Gender and the Cultures of Globalization. She is a member of the Humanities Division and the Women’s and Gender Studies Council and has served on the Interdisciplinary and General Education committee. Her research areas include media and new media studies, feminist theory, race and ethnicity, gender and globalization, and U.S. literature and culture. Dr. Kennedy has recently published an article in the journal New Global Studies. She is working on a book, currently titled Moving Past It: Postfeminist and Postracial Discourse in U.S. Culture.
Dr. Klein came to UMF after completing her doctoral work at Purdue University in 2008. Since then, she has taught multiple classes investigating the evolving relationships between settlers and Native Americans in the colonial era. However, her teaching interests are diverse, ranging from memory, history, and trauma in American literature to graphic novels to American intellectual history. She has published articles in Early American Literature and Early American Studies, and presented her work at multiple conferences and symposia. She is currently working on a book project that addresses the critical gap between transatlanticsm and Native American studies in Colonial America.
Misty Krueger teaches long 18th-century literature, early British literature, Shakespeare, Romantic literature, literary interpretation and analysis, and first-year writing at UMF. She specializes in 18th-century women writers and Jane Austen. She is currently editing a scholarly collection of essays on transatlantic 18th-century women travelers. She is in the early stages of a book-length project on Jane Austen’s juvenilia and adolescence. She has published articles and essays on Austen's Northanger Abbey, History of England, Mansfield Park, Sense and Sensibility, and an adaptation of Sense and Sensibility. Additional publications address Shakespearean adaptation, Restoration and 18th-century drama, Romantic literature, and literary pedagogy. In her spare time, she enjoys blogging and playing tabletop games.
Ming-Ming Pu teaches courses in linguistics and first-year composition. She specializes in psycholinguistics. Her research interests lie mainly in exploring the fundamental relationship between language and cognition, especially how universal cognitive factors of memory and attention constrain the way we use language, and what general cognitive strategies we employ to facilitate language processing. She has been conducting empirical studies as well as comparative discourse analyses between Chinese and English, which have demonstrated that these two historically unrelated languages share common characteristics in discourse processing regardless of their morphosyntactic differences. In addition to her book Discourse Anaphora, she has published in linguistic journals such as Discourse Processes, Chinese Language Studies, Cognitive Linguistics, Canadian Journal of Linguistics and contributed chapters in numerous books.
Luann Yetter is the author of three works of creative nonfiction: Portland's Past, Remembering Franklin County and Bar Harbor in the Roaring Twenties. She is advisor to the student newspaper, The Farmington Flyer, and writes a blog at luannyetter.wordpress.com. For her first-year writing seminars, she likes to use rock and roll themes such as The Beatles and Bob Dylan. She also enjoys traveling to Italy with UMF students for study abroad courses.
Shana Youngdahl's first full-length collection of poems, History, Advice and Other Half-Truths (Stephen F. Austin State University Press) was a finalist for the 2013 Maine Book Award. She is also the author of two chapbooks Winter/Window (Miel Books 2013), Of Nets (Gendun 2010) which recieved a grant for completion from the Iowa Arts Council and a nomination for the Pushcart Prize, and Donner: A Passing (2008). Her individual poems have been published widely in journals such as Third Coast, The Briar Cliff Review, and Shenandoah. Her short-short fiction appeared in the anthology Blink Again: Sudden Fiction from the Upper Midwest.