James Kirkland

Title: Professor
Office: Bate 2102
Phone: 252.737.1945
E-Mail: kirklandj@ecu.edu


James Kirkland teaches courses in Folklore, American Literature, and Rhetoric and Composition. His articles and reviews on subjects ranging from Melville's literary uses of tall tale tradition to composition pedagogy and magico-religious healing traditions have appeared in English Language Notes, Medium Aevum, Western Folklore, North Carolina Folklore Journal, Tar River Poetry, and other journals. And he has co-authored or co-edited seven books, most recently Writing with Confidence: A Modern College Rhetoric (Heath, 1989), Herbal and Magical Medicine: Traditional Healing Today (Duke UP, 1992), and Concise English Handbook, 4th ed. (Houghton, 1997).


B.A. University of Florida
M.A. University of Florida
Ph.D. University of Tennessee

Research Interests

19th Century American Literature
Rhetoric & Composition

Courses Taught

ENGL 6625: Teaching Composition: Theory and Practice
ENGL 6265: Special Topics Seminar in American Literature
ENGL 6220: The American Renaissance
ENGL 5250: The American Novel, 1800-1920
ENGL 4250: American Literature, 1865-1920
ENGL 4200: American Literature, 1820-1865
ENGL 3810: Advanced Composition
ENGL 3570: American Folklore
ENGL 3420: The Short Story
ENGL 2201: Writing about the Disciplines 
ENGL 2200: Major American Writers
ENGL 2000: Interpreting Literature
ENGL 1100: Foundations of College Writing 

Website Links

Graduate Literature Program