Travis M. Foster, PhD
Department of English
Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Areas of Expertise:
- African- American Literature Prior to the Harlem Renaissance
- American Literature Before 1900
- Civil War Literature
- Digital Humanities
- Lesbian and Gay American literature
Dr. Foster is an expert on American literature prior to 1900 with a special interest in how literary conventions influence social life. His research has looked at the relationship between expression and affectionate social practices like neighborliness, camaraderie and fellowship, through the Civil War period, Reconstruction, and the rise of Jim Crow.
- Ph.D., English and American Literature, University of Wisconsin, Madison
- M.A., English and American Literature, University of Wisconsin, Madison
- B.A., English and Economics, Amherst College
- “How to Read: Regionalism and the Ladies’ Home Journal,” in The Oxford Handbook of Nineteenth-Century American Literature, ed. Russ Castronovo (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012): 291-308.
- "Grotesque Sympathy: Lydia Maria Child, White Reform, and the Embodiment of Urban Space.” ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance 56.1 (2010): 1-32.
- “Ascendant Obtuseness and Aesthetic Perception in The House of Mirth.” The Edith Wharton Review 23.1 (2007): 1-8. 2007 Edith Wharton Essay Prize Winner.
- “Matthiessen’s Public Privates: Homosexual Expression and the Aesthetics of Sexual Inversion.” American Literature 78.3 (2006): 235-62.
Select Professional Experience
- Assistant Professor, The College of Wooster