John Pearson

Professor of English

John Pearson, Ph.D., is a professor of English specializing in American literature and literary nonfiction, especially autobiography. He teaches a variety of courses at all levels, from first-year seminars to graduate courses. Publications include The Prefaces of Henry James: Framing the Modern Reader and articles in Mosaic, Biography and in several collections of essays.


  • Ph.D., Boston University
  • M.A., Boston University
  • B.A., Eckerd College

Course Topics

  • The Art of Madness
  • The Cult of the Beautiful
  • Autobiography
  • Nineteenth-Century American Literature
  • College Writing
  • Writing and Rhetoric
  • Reading Nonfiction

Research Interests

  • Nineteenth century American literature, especially Henry James and Constance Fenimore Woolson
  • Autobiography and autobiography theory
  • Travel narrative


  • The Prefaces of Henry James: Framing the Modern Reader, University Park, PA: Penn State University Press, 1997.
  • "Repetition and Subversion in Henry James's The Turn of the Screw." In New Casebooks: The Turn of the Screw and What Maisie Knew. Ed. Neil Cornwell and Maggie Malone. London: Macmillan P; Boston: St. Martin's P; 1998. Reprint of "Repetition and Subversion in Henry James's The Turn of the Screw." The Henry James Review 13 (Fall 1992): 1-18
  • "The Art of Self Creation: Henry James in the New York Edition Prefaces." In Fashioning the Self: Essays on Modern Novelists. Ed. Marysa DeMoor, Ed. (London: Palgrave P, 2004).
  • "Henry James, Constance Fenimore Woolson, and the Fashioning of Southern Identity." In Witness to Reconstruction: Constance Fenimore Woolson and the Postbellum South, 1873-1894. Kathleen Diffley, Ed. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2011.

John Pearson

Faculty Expert

  • American literature, 1800-1930
  • Autobiography
  • College Advising

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