Anita M. Vickers
The Pennsylvania State University

Associate Professor of English

Humanities Coordinator, Penn State Schuylkill



Office Address

Penn State Schuylkill

200 University Drive,

Administration Building, Room 201C

Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972-2208












Doctor of Philosophy, Purdue University; August 1992; Specialization: American Literature.

Master of Arts, Purdue University; May 1986; Specialization: American and British Literature.

Bachelor of Arts, Purdue University; December 1983; Major: English.


Selected List of Publications

The New Nation: American Popular Culture Through History. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2002. 296 pp.

“Patriarchal and Political Authority in Wieland.” AUMLA: Journal of the Australasian Universities Language and Literature Association (90) 1998: 1-19.

“Social Corruption and the Subversion of the American Success Story in Arthur Mervyn.” PROSPECTS: An Annual Journal of American Cultural Studies 23 (1998): 129-145.

“’Pray Madam, are you a Federalist?’ Women’s Rights and the Republican Utopia in Alcuin.” American Studies 39.3 (1998): 89-104.

“The Reaffirmation of African-American Dignity through the Oral Tradition in Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God.” CLA Journal 37 (1994): 303-315.

A Modern Mephistopheles (1877),” “A Modern Mephistopheles and ‘A Whisper in the Dark,’” “Revenge (theme),” “ ‘Taming a Tartar’ (1867),” “ ‘A Whisper in the Dark’ (1863)” in The Louisa May Alcott Encyclopedia. Eds. Gregory Eiselein and Anne K. Phillips. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2001. 210-211, 211, 285-86, 321, 345.

The Munsters, ” “Anne Rice,” and “Vampire Fiction,” in The Guide to United States Popular Culture. Eds. Ray B. Browne and Pat Browne. Bowling Green, OH: Popular Press, 2001. 551-552, 682, 868-869.

“Stephanie Barron: (Re) inventing Jane Austen as Detective.” The Detective as Historian: History and Art in Historical Crime Fiction. Vol. I. Eds. Ray B. Browne, and Lawrence A. Kreiser, Jr. Bowling Green, OH: Popular Press, 2000. 213-221.

“Joel Barlow” in Encyclopedia of American Poetry: The Nineteenth Century. Ed. Eric Haralson. Chicago and London: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1998. 21-24.

“The Role of Religion in the Cadfael Series” in Cordially Yours, Brother Cadfael. Ed. Anne K. Kaler. Bowling Green, OH: Popular Press, 1998. 11-25.

Anancy’s Score” (Andrew Salkey), “Captain Blackman” (John A. Williams), “1959” (Thulani Davis), “Roots” (Alex Haley), “Seraph on the Suwanee” (Zora Neale Hurston) in Masterplots II: African American Literature. Ed. Frank N. Magill. 3 vols. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 1994. 24-29, 238-242, 893-898, 1218-1223, 1257-1262.

“Ellis Peters” and “Josephine Tey” in Great Women Mystery Writers. Ed. Kathleen Gregory Klein. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1994. 279-283, 332-335.

Professional Affiliations

paws.gifArea Chair, “American Studies,” Mid-Atlantic Popular Culture Association, 2002—present.

paws.gifArea Chair, “Early Americana,” Mid-Atlantic Popular Culture Association, 1999—2002.

paws.gifArea Chair, "Popular Culture in the Revolutionary and Federal Eras (1765-1820)," Popular Culture/American Culture Association, 1999.

paws.gifManuscript Reviewer, College Literature, 1993—present.

Selected List of Courses Taught

paws.gifCMLIT 011: The Hero in Literature

paws.gifCAMS 045: Classical Mythology

paws.gifENGL 135: Alternative Voices in American Literature

paws.gifCMLIT 120: Literature of the Occult

paws.gifENGL/WMNST 194: Women Writers

paws.gifAMST/WMNST 104: Women and the American Experience

paws.gifENGL 202A: Writing in the Social Sciences


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