Nicholas Johnson

Visiting Professor
Department of English

A-1-122 Mackinac Hall
(616) 331-3159

Nicholas Johnson

English 105 Literatures in English
English 180 College Reading
English 203 World Literature
ENG 204 World Mythology
ENG 215 Foundations of Literary Study: Genre
ENG 216 Foundations of Literary Study: Critical Approaches
English 220 Survey of British Literature
English 310 Teaching Writing: Secondary
ENG 335 Literature of American Minorities
English 360 Studies in Nonfiction

Research Interests
I’m interested in our reproductive imagination, that part of our creative legacy fashioning men “great with child to speak” in particular: think Athena bursting from the head of Zeus, Dr. Frankenstein’s monstrous ambitions, the ‘80s flick Junior, or Thomas Beattie—a real transgender person Oprah tagged a “pregnant man” in 2008. I examine the complex, evolving representation strategies that led us to our current moment of gender reformation.

I’m also generally curious about the following:

•    Representations of gender and sexuality across media and historical boundaries
•    The politics of canon formation in a global context
•    Early modernity and current archival practices

Recent Publications
Johnson, Nicholas. “Anima-tion at Little Gidding: Thoughtful Inconsistency as Ecological Ethos in an Early Modern Bible Harmony.” Early Modern Ecostudies, edited by Ivo Kamps, et al., Palgrave, 2009, pp.145-65. 

Johnson, Nicholas. “Kennst du das Land?: Learning the Language of Landscape in Little Women.” Children’s Literature, vol. 36, 2006, pp. 37-58. 

Recent Honors, Awards and Distinctions
Pew Teaching Excellence Award for Part-Time Faculty, 2016

Ph.D., English Literature, University of Arizona
M.A., English Literature, University of New Mexico
M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Minnesota
B.S., English Education, Minnesota State U., Mankato
B.A., History, University of Minnesota