Mark Van Wienen

Mark Van Wienen

19th- and 20th-century American Literature

Office: RH 323

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. University of Illinois; 1992
  • M.A. University of Illinois; 1988
  • B.A. Calvin College; 1986

Professional Interests

  • Socialism and American Literature
  • Twentieth-Century American Poetry
  • War Literature, especially of World War I
  • The Railroad in Literature and Culture
  • Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Upton Sinclair, W. E. B. Du Bois and Carl Sandburg
  • Class, Race, Gender and Sexuality in U. S. Literature and Culture

Selected Publications

  • American Socialist Triptych: The Literary-Political Work of Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Upton Sinclair, and W. E. B. Du Bois. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2012.
    “Ralph Chaplin,” Dictionary of Literary Biography, vol. 345, American Radical and Reform Writers, Series 2, ed. Hester L. Furey, 2009. 63-78.
  • “How the Socialism of W. E. B. Du Bois Still Matters: Black Socialism in The Quest of the Silver Fleece – and Beyond.” With Julie K. Kraft. African American Review 41 (Spring 2007): 67-85.
  • “Gilman’s Socialism as Background to Her Works.” In Approaches to Teaching “The Yellow Wall-Paper” and Herland, ed. Denise Knight and Cynthia J. Davis. New York: MLA, 2003.
  • "A Rose by Any Other Name: Charlotte Perkins Stetson (Gilman) and the Case for American Reform Socialism." American Quarterly 55.4 (Dec. 2003): 603-34.
  • Rendezvous with Death: American Poems of the Great War, ed. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2002.
  • Partisans and Poets: The Political Work of American Poetry in the Great War. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1997.