Bilkent University Department of American Culture and Literature

Joshua Bartlett, Assistant Professor

Joshua Bartlett received his Ph.D. in English from the University at Albany, State University of New York, his M.A. in English from Brooklyn College, City University of New York, and his B.A. in English and Creative Writing from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Dr. Bartlett researches, writes, and teaches in the areas of early and nineteenth-century American literature, Native American literature, literatures of the Americas, poetry studies, and ecocriticism. His essay "Anne Bradstreet's Ecological Thought" appeared in Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal in 2014 and he was the recipient of a 2018-2019 Jay and Deborah Last Fellowship in American Visual Culture from the American Antiquarian Society.

His current book project, Before Nature's Nation: Ecological Thought and Early American Poetry, challenges conventional narratives of early American antagonism toward the "howling wilderness" by foregrounding ways in which seventeenth- and eighteenth-century verse frequently considered the natural world in terms of intimacy, affection, and wonder. Through attention to these moments of entanglement and enchantment in the work of writers such as Anne Bradstreet, Michael Wigglesworth, Phillis Wheatley, and Samson Occom, Before Nature's Nation reorients traditional perceptions of American environmental attitudes and stakes a claim for early American poetry as central to the history – as well as the future – of ecological thought itself.

Dr. Bartlett is also at work on a project that explores the lives and afterlives of historically significant American trees, such as New York City's Stuyvesant Pear Tree and Hartford, Connecticut's Charter Oak. Examining various literary and visual representations, as well as tracing their complex material culture histories, this project investigates how such trees have functioned as sources of American nostalgia and avatars of American feeling – and considers the implications, both cultural and political, that these affective imbrications might have for present and future relations with the natural world.


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