James Payne

Biographical Statement:

James Payne earned his A.B. in English at Berkeley and his M.A. and Ph.D. in English at the University of California at Davis. A professor at New Mexico State, Dr. Payne has served as Senior Fulbright Lecturer in American Literature at Wroclaw University in Poland. He has served as chair of MELUS: The Society for the study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States and was elected to the Advisory Council of the American Literature Section of the Modern Language Association. In 1995, Payne’s participation in the Reconstructing American Literature Project at Yale University led to his being named a contributing editor to the Heath Anthology of American Literature, a teaching anthology that stems from the Reconstructing American Literature Project. A participant in the “Re-emergence of the Early Bakhtin” section of the “Working with Bakhtin Today” Penn State Summer Seminar in Theory and Culture, Dr. Payne was elected to the National Executive Committee of the Society for the Study of Southern Literature in 2001.

Teaching Emphases: 

  • All phases of American literature
  • great works of British and European literature

Research Interests:

  • American literature and culture

Courses Taught:

  • ENGL 244G: Literature and Culture
  • ENGL 251: Survey of American Literature I
  • ENGL 252: Survey of American Literature II
  • ENGL 404/504: Advanced and Graduate Studies in American Literature II
  • ENGL 421/521: Advanced and Graduate Study in a Literary Period or Movement
  • ENGL 424/524: Advanced and Graduate Study in a Major Text

Selected Publications:


  • Multicultural Autobiography: American Lives. (ed.) Knoxville: U of Tennessee P, 1992.
  • Joseph Seamon Cotter, Jr. Complete Poems. Athens: U of Georgia P, 1990.

Articles, Essays in Books, and other Publications

  • “Cable’s John March and Gideon’s Band: A (White) Boy is Being Beaten.” Refereed journal article accepted for publication in American Literary Realism, scheduled for publication in 2005.
  • “New South Narratives of Freedom: Rereading George Washington Cable’s ”Tite Poulette’ and Madame Delphine.” Refereed journal article published in MELUS: Journal of the Society for the Study of Multi-ethnic Literature of the United States, vol. 27, no. 1, Spring 2002, pp. 3-23.
  • “Emergence of Alternative Masculinity in George Washington Cable’s ”Sieur George’ and ‘Belles Demoiselles Plantation.” Refereed journal article published in American Literary Realism, vol. 32, no. 3, Spring 2000, pp. 244-255.
  • “George Washington Cable.” Essay and annotated text of Cable’s short story ‘Tite Poulette’ published in The Heath Anthology of American Literature. Ed. Paul Lauter, et al. 4th ed. vol 2. Boston: Houghton, 2001, pp. 177-193.
  • “Hamlin Garland.” Essay and annotated text of Garland’s short story “Up the Coulé: A Story of Wisconsin.” published in The Heath Anthology of American Literature. Ed. Paul Lauter, et al. 4th ed. vol 2. Boston: Houghton, 2001, pp. 464-495.
  • “Jane Addams.” “Mary Boykin Chesnut.” “Helen Keller.” Three essays published in Encyclopedia of Life Writing. Ed. Margaretta Jolly. London: Fitzroy, Dearborn, 2001.
  • “Albery Allson Whitman.” Essay published in The Garland Encyclopedia of American Nineteenth-Century Poetry. Ed. Eric Haralson. New York: Garland, 1998, pp. 464-467.
  • “Cyrus Colter.” “Joseph Seamon Cotter Jr.” “Joseph Seamon Cotter Sr.” Three essays published in The Oxford Companion to African American Literature. Ed. William Andrews, Frances Smith Foster, and Trudier Harris. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997, pp. 164-165, 180-181, 181.
  • “Ethnic Literature.” Essay published in Encyclopedia of English Studies and Language Arts. E. Alan C. Purvis. Sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English. Scholastic, 1994.
  • “Emily Pauline Johnson [Tekahionwake].” Essays published in Native American Women. Ed. Gretchen M. Bataille. New York: Garland, 1993, pp. 127-129.
  • “Multicultural American Autobiography.” Special topic issue of A/B: Auto/Biography Studies. vol. 3, no. 2, 1987. I served as guest editor of this special issue of the journal.

Contact: jimpayne@nmsu.edu

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