Faculty Name

Gruesser, John Cullen Ph.D.

Faculty Department


Gruesser, John Cullen Ph.D.


Dr. Gruesser’s teaching and scholarship go hand in hand. Many of his arguments about literary texts in articles and books begin in the classroom. 

Department/Division: English 

Degree Information: B.A. (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in English and German, University of Notre Dame; M.A. in English, Seton Hall University; Ph.D. in English, University of Wisconsin - Madison.     

Courses Taught:  African American Literature, African American Women Writers, American Autobiography*, American Literature to 1860, American Literature from 1860
Aspects of the Novel, Colonial and Postcolonial Literature and Theory*, Composition, Contemporary Literature, Crime in Fiction and Film*, Critical Approaches to Literature* Detective Fiction*, Hawthorne, Poe, Melville, Honors American Autobiography*, Modern American Novel, Senior English Seminar, World Literature, Writing about Literature. (*Courses Developed)

Primary Area of Expertise: African American Literature, American Literature, Detective Fiction, Edgar Allan Poe. 

Advice for Students Preparing for Your Class: "Love literature and love life."


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