Department of English

Jerome Tharaud

Jerome TharaudAssociate Professor of English
PhD, University of Chicago
Meet Professor Tharaud through OpenBook: An English Dept Podcast - Part 1 & Part 2.

Research Interests

Early American literature and culture; print culture and media; American religious history; art history and visual culture; theories of space and place; the American West.

Selected PublicationsApocalyptic Geographies book cover

  • “The American Revolution,” in The Nation in British Literature and Culture, ed. Andrew Murphy (Cambridge University Press, 2023): 157-173.
  • Western Salvage: Scarcity, Settler Colonialism, and Adaptation in Wallace Stegner’s Wolf Willow.” ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 30.2 (Summer 2023): 406-425.
  • "The Metahybrid Environment: Rewilding, Religion, and the Buffalo Commons Novel." Western American Literature 55.4 (Winter 2021): 351-386.
  • "Apocalyptic Geographies: Religion, Media, and the American Landscape" (Princeton University Press, 2020) *Finalist, Religion and the Arts Book Award, American Academy of Religion.
  • "Evangelical Space: The Oxbow, Religious Print, and the Moral Landscape in America." American Art 28.3 (Fall 2014): 52-75.
  • "So far heathen': Thoreau, the Missionary Memoir, and Walden's Cosmic Modernity." ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance 59.4 (2013): 618-61.
  • "The Evangelical Press, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and the Human Medium." Arizona Quarterly 69. 2 (Summer 2013): 25-54.
  • "Emerson's Geographical Imagination: Private Journeys of Grief and Healing through the American Landscape." Nineteenth-Century Prose 30 (2003): 102-135.

Articles for a General Readership

  • "Sliding into History," Montana Quarterly 13.4 (Winter 2017): 38-47.
  • "Housebreaking," Montana Quarterly 11.3 (Fall 2015): 60-65.

Selected Courses Taught

  • Imagining Apocalypse (ENG 136a)
  • Environmental Literature in an Age of Extinction (ENG 28A)
  • The Great American Picture Book (ENG 110B)
  • The American Renaissance (ENG 6a)
  • Reading the American Revolution (ENG 146a)
  • Frontier Visions: The West in American Literature and Culture (AMST/ENG 47a)
  • American Literary Geographies (ENG 247a)
  • Religion and Literature (ENG 250a)

Selected Podcast Appearance

  • Recall This Book episode 76: "Land-Grab Universities with Robert Lee (Jerome Tharaud, JP)"