Dr. Brian Yothers
Professor and Associate Chair, Department of English
Hudspeth Hall, Rm. 212
Dr. Brian Yothers is a Professor of English, specializing in early and nineteenth-century American literature, and the Associate Chair of the Department of English. Dr. Yothers has recently served as both Director of Literature and Director of Graduate Studies. In 2014, he was a recipient of the University of Texas Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. He is the author of The Romance of the Holy Land in American Travel Writing, 1790-1876 (2007),Melville's Mirrors: Literary Criticism and America's Most Elusive Author (2011), and Sacred Uncertainty: Religious Difference and the Shape of Melville’s Career (forthcoming, 2015). Dr. Yothers presently serves as Associate Editor of Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies, Co-Editor of the travel section of the Melville Electronic Library (MEL), and Associate Editor of Melville's Marginalia Online. He is the Editor of the Camden House Press series Literary Criticism in Perspective and has served as the Co-Editor of the interdisciplinary journal Journeys. His current book projects are a study of the critical response to the literature of slavery and freedom, emphasizing particularly Harriet Beecher Stowe and Frederick Douglass, and a co-edited book collection on Melville and religion. He is also the author of more than thirty published and forthcoming scholarly articles, editions, and reviews, dealing with such topics as Melville's biblical marginalia, Melville’s poetry, Poe's poetry and fiction, literary connections between South Asia and the Americas, and the literary cultures of nineteenthcentury American missionaries. More information is available in his digital portfolio.