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Department of English

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E. Thomson Shields
Associate Professor

Office: Bate 2134
Phone: 252-328-6715

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

Primary Areas of Research/Teaching
American Literature to 1830 (English, Spanish, Southern, North Carolinian)
Multicultural American Literature
Bibliography and Research Methodologies

Courses Taught
7265: American Literature Special Topics Seminar
7005: Bibliography and Methods
6250: American Realism
6215: American Literature to 1830
5350: Special Studies in Film
4250: American Literature 1865-1920
4200: American Literature 1820-1865
4040: Literature of the New World to 1820
3270: The Frontier in American Literature
3020: History of American Literature to 1900
2200: Major American Writers
2000: Interpreting Literature
1200: Composition
1100: Composition
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. <>.

“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. <>.

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

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

“‘A Modern Poem,’ by the Mecklenburg 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. <>.

“East Makes West: Images of the Orient in Early Spanish and English Literature of North America.” Medievalia et Humanistica 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 los espíritus and the Myth of Disunity.” Hispanófila 99 (1990): 79-86.

E-mail & Website Links
Roanoke Colonies Research Office
Graduate Literature Homepage
NCST 2000: North Carolina Studies
NCST 4000: Windows on North Carolina's Past