Stephen North

Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus


Stephen North, Distinguished Teaching Professor D.A., University at Albany, SUNY

2001 Excellence in Teaching Award

History of English Studies, Image of the Writer in Culture, Mystery and Detective Fiction

Stephen North’s primary teaching and research interests are in the cultural functions of popular literature, with a particular focus on mystery and detective fiction. He has also published on graduate education in English Studies (Refiguring the Ph.D. in English Studies, 2000), and—in the more distant past—on a number of areas in Composition Studies.

Graduate Courses (selected)

The Development of Writing Abilities in the College Years

History of English Studies

The Teaching of Writing and Literature

Practicum in the Teaching of English

Workshop in Non-Fiction Prose

Undergraduate Courses (selected)

Introduction to Rhetoric and Poetics

Writer as Witness

Images of the Writer in U.S. Culture

Mystery and Detective Fiction


Refiguring the Ph.D. in English Studies: Writing, Doctoral Education, and the Fusion-Based Curriculum. With Barbara A. Chepaitis, David Coogan, Lale Davidson, Ron Maclean, Cindy L. Parrish, Jonathan Post, and Beth Weatherby. Urbana, IL: NCTE, 2000.

The Making of Knowledge in Composition: Portrait of an Emerging Field. Portsmouth, N.H.: Boynton/Cook, 1987.

Founding Editor/Series Editor (1992-96), "Refiguring English Studies"

Berlin, James. Rhetorics, Poetics, and Culture: Refiguring English Studies. Urbana: NCTE, 1996.

Varnum, Robin. Fencing with Words. Urbana: NCTE, 1996.

Rasula, Jed. The American Poetry Wax Museum. Urbana: NCTE, 1995.

Downing, David, Ed. Changing Classroom Practices: Resources for Literary and Cultural Studies. Urbana: NCTE, 1994.

Selected Articles/Chapters

“The One Who Attends.” Teaching Writing: Landmarks and Horizons. Eds. Christina Russell McDonald and Robert L. McDonald. Carbondale and Edwardsville: Southern Illinois UP, 2002. 268-284.

“The Business of English.” The Relevance of English. Eds. Robert Yagelski and Scott Leonard. Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English, 2002. 105-126.

"The Death of Paradigm Hope, the End of Paradigm Guilt, and the Future of (Research in) Composition." Composition in the 21st Century: Crisis and Change. Eds. Donald Daiker, Edward White, and Lynn Z. Bloom. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 1996. 194-207.

"Upper-Division Assessment and the Postsecondary Development of Writing Abilities." The Practices and Politics of Assessment in Writing. Eds. Edward M. White, William D. Lutz, and Sandra Kamusikiri. New York: MLA, 1996. 148-57.

"Revisiting 'The Idea of a Writing Center.'" The Writing Center Journal 15.1 (Fall 1994): 7-19.

"On Book Reviews in Rhetoric and Composition." Rhetoric Review 10.2 (Spring 1992): 348-362.

“The Idea of a Writing Center." College English 46.5 (1984): 433-46.