James M. Clawson

As much as the role of an instructor is to establish the context of learning—planning the course structure, mapping lessons to outcomes, and designing assessment—I believe that establishing this context typically means keeping focus turned to students and keeping them engaged. All of my classes feature discussion and substantial feedback, with components tuned for each course: individual student conferences, peer reviews, small group discussions, and sharing works in progress. I keep students further engaged by augmenting traditional approaches with newer digital methods. Among other things, my students have evaluated visualizations of texts modeled with sentiment analysis, built online timelines of twentieth-century South Asian literary history, mapped Huckleberry Finn using Google Maps and Flickr, experimented with grammar using Twinery, curated collaborative online video editions of William Strunk’s Elements of Style, and explored Romantic poetry with Voyant.


Grambling State University
Introduction to Big Data
Introduction to Data Analytics
Freshman Composition I
Freshman Composition II
Advanced Composition
Advanced Traditional Grammar
World Literature I: Beginnings to 1650
World Literature II: 1650 to present
Race, Representation, and the American Dream: 1860 to present
Intro. to British Literature II: 1798 to present
History and Survey of British Literature II
Major Literary Figures: Virginia Woolf
Comparative Literature: English Literature in/of South Asia
Spectral Textuality: The Gothic Tradition ~capstone
(Hurry Up, Please, It’s) Time in Modernist British Literature ~capstone
Louisiana State University in Shreveport
Modern Drama
Modern Fiction
The University of Edinburgh
Literature: Forms and Practices
Literature and the Literary: English Literature c. 1300 to 1700
The Individual in the World: British Literature c. 1700 to 1850
Writing and Revolution: English Literature c. 1760 to 1830
The World in the Individual: British Literature c. 1850 to 1950
Revolution in Writing: English Literature c. 1890 to 1939
Scottish Universities International Summer School
Text and Context: British and Irish Modernism

(Like the rest of the site, this page is a work in progress. In time, I’ll be updating it with more teaching resources.)