Damon Franke

Associate Professor of English


Damon Franke, Associate Professor of English. Prior to arriving at USM Gulf Coast in 2004, Damon did his graduate work in English at the University of Iowa (Ph.D. 2003) and the University of Georgia (M.A. 1995).  As an undergraduate, he majored in history at UC Berkeley.  Damon teaches a wide-variety of courses on literature, writing, and critical analysis, and he strives to bring literature to life for his students.  Some of his recent courses include American Literature and Culture of the 1990s, and Literature of New Orleans and Southern Mississippi.  His study of modernism, Modernist Heresies: British Literary History, 1883-1924, was published in 2008 by Ohio State UP, and his articles and reviews have appeared in Studies in the Novel, The James Joyce Quarterly, The Journal of Narrative Theory, Nineteenth-Century Prose, English Language Notes, and SubStance.  He is currently working on two book projects: a study of the philosophy of “becoming” in the works of James Joyce, and a genealogy of environmental thought in Edwardian literature with the working title The Organic Edwardians.  He is also the sponsor of the Gulf Coast chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society.