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Michael R. Dressman

Professor of English
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1974

Research Interests:
American literature, especially before 1900; linguistics, especially the history of the English language; identity issues, especially those involving language

Selected Publications:
An American Primer,” “Language,” “’Slang in America,’” in Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia, edited by J. R. LeMaster and Donald D. Kummings, New York: Garland, 1998.

Bill Cosby’s Remarks on Poverty and Language: Press and Public Reaction to a Story Known before It Was Heard,” STORYTELLING: A Critical Journal of Popular Narrative, v. 5, n. 4 (Winter 2006) 123-129.

"Canadian English: Notions of Nationality and Language," College Quarterly, 8.1 (Winter 2005), published online.

“Redd Up” (analysis and distribution of a dialect term). American Speech, 54 (Summer 1979): 141-145.

"The History of the English Language Course: A Cross-disciplinary Approach to the Humanities," Arts & Humanities in Higher Education, 6(1), (Feb. 2007) 107-113.

“Walt Whitman's Plans for the Perfect Dictionary.” Studies in the American Renaissance. Vol. 3. Ed. Joel Myerson. New York: Twayne, 1979, pp. 457-74.

"Where is Walt Whitman?" Mickle Street Review: An ElectronicJournal of Whitman and American Studies, No. 17/18 (2005) -- special double issue on Walt Whitman and Place, published online.

Photograph of Dr. Dressman


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