Areas of Interest
- Utopian Literature
- American Indian Literature
- American Literature/Culture Studies
- Reader-Response Criticism
- Inventive Modeling (composition)
- Personal Narrative Writing
KENNETH M. ROEMER (B.A., Harvard; M.A., Ph. D., Univ. of Pennsylvania), a Piper Professor, Distinguished Teaching Professor, and Distinguished Scholar Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington, has received four NEH grants to direct Summer Seminars and has been a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellow and a Visiting Professor in Japan. He has been a guest lecturer at Harvard and has lectured at twelve universities in Japan and in Vienna, Lisbon, Germany, Brazil, Ireland, Canada, Hong Kong, Turkey, and France. He was one of only three Americans selected to co-chair a seminar at the 2008 European Alpbach Forum in Austria. He is past President of the Society for Utopian Studies, founding Editor of Utopus Discovered, past Vice President and founding member of the Association for the Study of American Indian Literatures (ASAIL), and past Chair of the American Indian Literatures and Late 19th- Early 20th-Century Divisions of the Modern Language Association (MLA). He has been Managing Editor of American Literary Realism and Assistant Editor of American Quarterly. He serves on the Editorial Boards of Utopian Studies and SAIL. He has served on the Advisory Board of PMLA and the Editorial Board of American Literature.His articles have appeared in journals such as American Literature, American Literary History, Modern Fiction Studies, Technology and Culture, Studies in American Indian Literatures (SAIL), and Utopian Studies. MLA published his Approaches to Teaching Momaday's The Way to Rainy Mountain (ed.); his Native American Writers of the United States (ed.) won a Writer of Year Award from Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers. He has written four books on utopian literature: The Obsolete Necessity: America in Utopian Writings (which was nominated for a Pulitzer in American History by the Editor of the NY Times/Arno Press Utopian Literature Collection), America as Utopia (ed.), Build Your Own Utopia, and Utopian Audiences: How Readers Locate Nowhere. Favorable reviews of his scholarly books have appeared in academic journals, as well as the Chronicle of Higher Education and the [London] Times Literary Supplement. His collection of personal narratives, verse, and photography about Japan is entitled Michibata de Deatta Nippon (A Sidewalker's Japan). His co-edited Cambridge Companion to Native American Literature won a Writer of the Year Award from Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers. In 2008 he received the Lyman Tower Sargent Distinguished Scholarship Award for lifetime achievement in scholarship, teaching, and service from the Society for Utopian Studies; in 2010 the Society named its teaching award after him. For sixteen years he has been a Faculty Advisor for the Native American Students Association at UT Arlington. In 2011 he received one of the UT System’s Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards and was named a Piper Professor in a statewide competition of all colleges and universities. In 2014 he was one of five UT System professors selected for the UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers.
- "It’s Not a Poem. It’s My Life: Navajo Singing Identities.” Studies in American Indian Literatures NS 24.2 (2012): 84-103.
- "Paradise Transformed: Varieties of Nineteenth-Century Utopias." Ed. Gregory Claeys. The Cambridge Companion to Utopian Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge, UP. 2010. 79-106.
- Cambridge Companion to Native American Literature, co-ed. New York: Cambridge UP, 2005.
- Utopian Audiences: How Readers Locate Nowhere. Amherst: U of Massachusetts Press, 2003.
- Michibata de Deatta Nippon (A Sidewalker's Japan). Translated from the English by Hiro Ichikawa. Tokyo: Sairyusha, 2002.
- Native American Writers of the United States, DLB vol. 175, ed. Detroit: Gale, 1997.
- "Contemporary American Indian Literature: The Centrality of Canons on the Margins," American Literary History 6 (1994). 583-99.
- Approaches to Teaching Momaday's The Way to Rainy Mountain. ed. NY: MLA. 1988.
- The Obsolete Necessity: America in Utopian Writings, 1888-1900. Kent: Kent State University Press, 1976.
(Selected) Present and Past Courses
- 20th Century American Fictions: Form, Race, and Apocalyptic Transformations
- Celebrating American Identity Formations
- American Literature: Celebrating American identity Formations
American Indian Literatures
- Contemporary American Indian Fiction (Graduate)
- Contemporary American Indian Fiction (Undergraduate)
- The Novels of Louise Erdrich
- Native Fictions that Reconstruct American History
- Introduction to American Indian Literatures
- Inventive Modeling: Autobiography / Literary Writing
- American Indian Life Narratives
- Contemporary American Indian Novels & Film
- Literature as Told, Written & Directed by American Indian Women
American Literature / American Indian Literature Comparative
- Ceremonial Sisters
- From Gossip to Myth
- Introduction to Textual Analysis and Interpretation
- Comparing Selected "Native" Poetic Voices
- Crossover Transformations
- Reconstructive Encounters
- American Utopian Expressions
- Build Your Own Utopia
- Shapes of Utopia
- Utopian Literature: Delusional Distractions or Essential Revelations
- History of American Literature
- Early American Literatures (Graduate)
- Early American Literatures (Undergraduate)
- Twentieth-Century American Fictions (Graduate)
- Twentieth-Century American Fictions (Undergraduate)
- American Poetry
- Celebrating Identity Formations
- Selected American Authors Before 190: Melville, Twain, Chopin
- Reconstructing the American Literary Renaissance