Meet our Faculty: James Ottery

James Ottery James Ottery
Assistant Professor of English
Ph.D. English, University of Missouri

Phone: (217) 206-7443
Office: UHB 4042

Teaching Concentration: History and theories of composition and rhetoric, literary theory.


  • Thomas R. Watson Conference in Rhetoric and Composition, University of Louisville, 2002;
  • Conference on College Composition and Communication, 2000 and 2001
  • McNickle Center Colloquia, Newberry Library, Chicago, 2000
  • Midwest Modern Language Association 1998 and 1999
  • Fifth Annual Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society, Columbia University, 1999
  • Seventh Biennial International Native American Studies Conference, 1999
  • American Association of Higher Education Conference, 1999.


  • “Samson Occom’s Diary and D’arcy McNickle’s ‘Train Time’: The Real Imperative of ‘Native’ Education in American Indian Literature” in Studies in American Indian Literature, 2001
  • “‘Who Are They and What Do they Have to do with What I Want to Be?’ The Writing of Multicultural Identity and College Success Stories for First-Year Writers”; Composing Identities; Louisville University; (forthcoming)
  • “Writing and Reading Community Learning: Collaborative Learning Among Writing and Reading Students, Teachers, and Writing Center Consultants” in On Location: Theory and Practice in Classroom-Based Writing Tutoring, February, 2005
  • “Teaching as a Test of Knowledge”; Proving Lacan:  Psychoanalysis and the Evidentiary Force of Disciplinary Knowledge (forthcoming); and “Disunification, Dreams, and Messages: Surrealist Poetics in Emily Dickinson”; in Surrealism and the Oneiric Process, 1992
  • Poetry in 12 journals, including The Denver Quarterly, The Pacific Review, and The Indiana Review, and in the anthology, A Measured Response.
  • Poem, “The Diary of Samson Occum,” The Bedford Portable Anthology of American Literature, August 2006.

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