Director of Graduate Studies
BA (University of California, Davis); MA (Western State College, Colorado);
PhD (Cornell University)
Office: Frandsen 110A
Telephone: (775) 682-6395
Ecocriticism and theory, Environmental literature, Western American literature, Nevada studies
The Bioregional Imagination: Literature, Ecology, and Place. Co-edited with Tom Lynch and Karla Armbruster. Athens: U of Georgia P, 2012.
Literary Nevada: Writings from the Silver State. Reno: U of Nevada P, 2008.
The Ecocriticism Reader: Landmarks in Literary Ecology. Co-edited with Harold Fromm. Athens: U of Georgia P, 1996.
Avid reader, nature lover, and concerned planetary citizen, Cheryll Glotfelty had the good fortune to be hired by the University of Nevada, Reno, in 1990, as the nation's first professor of Literature and Environment. In 1996 she and Harold Fromm co-edited The Ecocriticism Reader: Landmarks in Literary Ecology, a critical anthology that helped green the field of literary studies. She is co-founder and past president of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE). Cheryll has offered graduate seminars on Ecocriticism and Theory; Regionalism and Bioregionalism; Literature of the Wild; Representing the Other--Animals in Literature; Environmental Justice Literature and Theory; and Ecofeminism. Her commitment to teaching has been recognized with many teaching awards, including the CASE-Carnegie Professor of the Year Award for Nevada. Her publications include essays on Rachel Carson, Terry Tempest Williams, Susan Griffin, Willa Cather, Peter Berg, Ecocriticism, Nuclear Landscapes, Bioregionalism, Western American Literature, and Pedagogy.
Falling instantly in love with the Great Basin, and influenced by theories of bioregionalism and reinhabitation, Cheryll has dedicated herself in recent years to "digging in" and "giving back" to the region. Her edited collection, Literary Nevada: Writings from the Silver State (2008), weighing in at 831 pages, is the first comprehensive anthology of Nevada literature. Its goal is to showcase the state's rich literary heritage and to cultivate a love of place among residents. Her most recent book, co-edited with Tom Lynch and Karla Armbruster, is The Bioregional Imagination: Literature, Ecology, and Place (2012), which aims to think about place and planet from an ecological perspective. While Cheryll enjoys developing courses and supervising graduate student projects on a wide range of topics, her own research will likely focus on the American West, Bioregionalism, and Altered Landscapes in the coming years. She is currently working on an ecocritical biography of documentary landscape photographer Peter Goin, who has photographed nuclear landscapes, post-mining sites, and water in the arid West.
Cheryll, her husband, Steve, and daughter, Rosa, live at "Scorpion Acres" with three horses, a donkey, two cats, two parakeets, goldfish, and a dozen free-range peacocks.
Exploring Nevada, Walking, Natural history, Foraging, and Family