Associate Professor • Department Chair

Mailing Address:
Department of English
Campus Box 175 
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364

Physical Location:
1015 Ninth Street Park, Office 100
Denver, CO 80217

FALL 2019
11:00-12:00, and by appointment


About Dr. Philip Joseph:

I have been teaching courses in modern American literature and ethnic American literature since 2002. In 2007, I co-founded the Colorado Center for Public Humanities at UCD, and then served as its director from 2007-2014. My book, American Literary Regionalism in a Global Age, was published by LSU Press in 2006, and my articles have appeared in PMLA, The New Centennial Review, American Literature, English Language Notes, MELUS, Studies in American Fiction. I am currently working on a book (Rogues in Combat: The Deep History of the Picaresque War Narrative, 1668-Present) examining the global migration of the rogue’s narrative as a form for telling the story of a recent historical war.


"The Pícaro at War: Vernacular Language and Violent Conflict in Grimmelshausen and Saro-Wiwa," PMLA  131.5 (October 2016): 1284-1298.

American Literary Regionalism in a Global Age (LSU Press, 2006).

"Soldiers in Baltimore: The Wire and the New Global Wars." CR: The New Centennial Review 13.1 (Spring 2013), special issue on "Peace and War": 209-240.

"Literary Lawlessness: Sozaboy and the Case of the Child Soldier in Fiction." English Language Notes 49.2 (Fall/Winter 2011), special volume on "The Shape of the I": 89-100.

"Dead Letters and Circulating Texts: On the Limits of Literary Archiving." English Language Notes 45.1 (Spring/Summer 2007): 5-20.

"The Verdict from the Porch: Zora Neale Hurston and Reparative Justice." American Literature 74.3 (2002): 455-483.

"Unsettling the Exodus: Abraham Cahan's Deliberation in American Fiction." MELUS 27.4 (2002): 3-32.

"Landed and Literary: Hamlin Garland, Sarah Orne Jewett and the Production of Regional Literatures." Studies in American Fiction 26.2 (1998): 147-170. Reprinted in Cengage Learning in Short Story Criticism, vol. 117.

Areas of Expertise: American Literature; African American Literature; History of the Novel; Literature and Vernacular Language; War in Literature

Courses Taught:

  • Jazz in American Literature and Culture

  • American Literature from the Civil War

  • Introduction to Literary Studies

  • Willa Cather and American Modernism

  • Literature of the American City

  • The Harlem Renaissance

  • Race and Ethnicity in American Literature

  • African American Literaturte

  • The American Short Story

  • Travel Writing and American Literature