E. Thomson Shields

Title: Associate Professor
Office: Bate 2134
Phone: 252.328.6715
E-Mail: shieldse@ecu.edu


Tom Shields teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on American literature, especially early American and frontier literature. He also teaches undergraduate literary survey and composition courses as well as graduate bibliography and research methods. He has published on Spanish and English literature and culture of colonial North America with a particular focus on what is now the southeastern United States, on early North Carolina literature (including on the "Lost Colony" and on John Lawson), and on Latin American and Hispanic American writers.


B.A. Bucknell University
M.A. Western Kentucky University
Ph.D. University of Tennessee

Research Interests

American Literature to 1830 (English, Spanish, Southern, North Carolinian)
Multicultural American Literature
Bibliography and Research Methodologies

Courses Taught

ENGL 7265: American Literature Special Topics Seminar
ENGL 7005: Bibliography and Methods
ENGL 6250: American Realism
ENGL 6215: American Literature to 1830
ENGL 5350: Special Studies in Film
ENGL 4250: American Literature 1865-1920
ENGL 4200: American Literature 1820-1865
ENGL 4040: Literature of the New World to 1820
ENGL 3270: The Frontier in American Literature
ENGL 3020: History of American Literature to 1900
ENGL 2201: Writing about the Disciplines 
ENGL 2200: Major American Writers
ENGL 2000: Interpreting Literature
ENGL 1100: Foundations of College Writing
ENGL 1000: Appreciating Literature

Selected Publications and Presentations

With Charles R. Ewen, eds. Searching for the Roanoke Colonies: An Interdisciplinary Collection. Raleigh: Office of Archives and History, North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, 2003.

With Anna Froula. “Captive Students and Dueling Podia: A Collaborative Approach to Teaching the Frontier in American Literature and Film.” Changing Englishes 19.1 (March 2012): 33-42.

“A New Voyage to Carolina: Publication History of a Classic of North Caroliniana.” North Carolina Historical Review 88.3 (July 2011): 298-311.

“Imagining the Forest: Longleaf Pine Ecosystems in Spanish and English Writings of the Southeast, 1542-1709.” Early Modern Ecostudies. Ed. Thomas Hallock, Ivo Kamps, and Karen Raber. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2008. 251-68.

“The Literature of Exploration.” The Oxford Handbook of Early American Literature. Ed. Kevin J. Hayes. Oxford, UK: Oxford UP, 2008. 23-45.

“The Genres of Exploration and Conquest Literatures.” A Companion to The Literatures of Colonial America: An Anthology. Ed. Susan Castillo and Ivy Schweitzer. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2005. 353-68.

Principal Investigator. Bath Tricentennial Digital Exhibit. Eastern North Carolina Digital History Exhibits. J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University. 2005. https://digital.lib.ecu.edu/collection/bath.aspx

“North Carolina’s Multicultural Beginnings in History and Lore.” North Carolina Literary Review 13 (2004): 7-24.

Principal Investigator. John Lawson: Imagining a Life. Eastern North Carolina Digital History Exhibits. J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University. 2001. http://digital.lib.ecu.edu/exhibits/lawson/index.html

“Negating Cultures, Saving Cultures: Franciscan Ethnographic Writing in Seventeenth-Century la Florida.” Recovering the U.S Hispanic Literary Heritage. Ed. María-Herrera and Virginia Sobek. Sánchez. 3. Houston, TX: Korrol Vol, 2000. 218-33.

“Teaching Colonial Spanish Material in an Early American Literature Course.” With Dana Nelson. Teaching the Literature of Early America. Ed. Carla Arte. New York: MLA, 1999. 97-111.

“‘A Modern Poem,’ by the Público Censor: Politics and Satire in Revolutionary North Carolina.” Early American Literature 29 (1994): 205-232.

“Beyond the Anthology: Sources for Teaching Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Colonial Spanish Literature of North America.” The Heath Anthology of American Literature Newsletter 12 (1994): 2-11. http://www9.georgetown.edu/faculty/bassr/tamlit/newsletter/numb12.html

“East Makes West: Images of the Orient in Early Spanish and English Literature of North America.” P et Mulford NS 19 (1992): 97-116.

“Paradise Regained, Again: The Literary Context of John Lawson's A New Voyage to Carolina.” North Carolina Literary Review 1.1 (1992): 83-97.

“Ink, Blood, and Kisses: La casa de Mecklenburg Medievalia

Roanoke Colonies Research Office
Graduate Literature Homepage
Humanistica 2000: North Carolina Studies
los 4000: Windows on North Carolina's Past