Ian Marshall, Ph.D.







Awards and Honors
English Program
Penn State Altoona





                 Peak Experiences: Walking Meditations on Literature, Nature, and Need.  Charlottesville: University

                                Press of Virginia, 2003.  267 pp.  Buy This Book Now!


                Story Line:  Exploring  the Literature of the Appalachian Trail.  Charlottesville: University Press

                                of Virginia, 1998.  284 pp.  Buy This Book Now!


                                Reviews:  Library Journal 1 May 1998; New York Times Book Review 26 July 1998: 27; AB

Bookman’s Weekly 27 July 1998: 142; Appalachian Trailway News, September/October 1998: 26; Newport News Daily Press 20 September 1998; Virginia Quarterly Review, November 1998: 122; Choice, November 1998; Newark Star-Ledger 13 December 1998: 10.6; Centre Daily Times 14 February 1999: 3C; South Atlantic Review 64.1 (1999): 184-86; ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 6.1 (Winter 1999): 166-67; Research / Penn State 20.2 (May 1999): 40-45; Leisure Sciences 21 (1999): 66-68; PATHways: Piedmont Appalachian Trail Hikers  Newsletter (May 1999); American Literary Scholarship: An Annual 1998, Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2000, 54; American Studies 34 (2000): 181-82; Randall Roorda, essay review, “Deep Maps in Eco-Literature,” Michigan Quarterly (Winter 2001): 257-72;  Robert Michael Pyle, “Essay Review: Out-of-Doors in America: Seven Contemporary Looks at the More-Than-Human,” Western American Literature 38.4 (Winter 2004): 418-34.


                                Excerpts: from Introduction, “Walking the Line,” reprinted in American Hiker, February 1999:

                                21, 23; from throughout, as “Following a Story Line,” Research / Penn State 20.2 (May 1999):



                Scholarly articles:


                “’I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together’: Bakhtin and the Beatles.” Reading the Beatles.

                                Ed. Todd F. Davis and Kenneth Womack.  Charlottesville: U of Virginia P, 2003.  Forthcoming.

                “Literary Criticism as Ecological Thought.”  Interdisciplinary Literary Studies: A Journal of Criticism

                                and Theory 3.1 (Fall 2001): 1-3.

                “Forget the Phallic Symbolism, Consider the Snake: Biocentrism and Language in Margaret Atwood’s

Snake Poems.”  Mapping the Ethical Turn: Ethics and Literature in New Theoretical Contexts.  Ed. Todd F. Davis and Kenneth Womack.  Charlottesville: UP of Virginia, 2001.  195-208.

                “Tales of the Wonderful Hunt.”  ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment 6.2

                                (Summer 1999): 83-97.  Rpt. in The ISLE Reader: Ecocriticism, 1993-2003.

                                Ed. Michael P. Branch and Scott Slovic.  Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2003.188-202.

                "Greylock and the Whale" (Japanese Translation).  Environmental Approaches to American Literature:

                                Toward the World of Nature Writing.  Ed. Scott Slovic and Ken-ichi Noda.  Kyoto: Minerva

                                Press, 1996.  153-83.

                "The Lorax and the Ecopolice."  ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 2.2

                                (Winter 1996): 85-92.

                "Cliff Notes, Foot Notes, and the Literary Canyon: Colin Fletcher's The Man Who Walked Through

                                Time."  Journal of the Southwest 36 (1994): 176-84.

                "The Ghosts of Rausch Gap."  Pennsylvania English 18.2 (Spring 1994): 1-11.

                "Winter Tracings and Transcendental Leaps:  Henry Thoreau's Skating."  Papers on Language &

                                Literature 29.4 (Fall 1993): 459-74.

                "Heteroglossia in Lydia Maria Child's Hobomok."  Legacy 10.1 (Spring 1993): 1-16.

                "Literal and Metaphoric Harmony with Nature: Ecofeminism and Harriet Prescott Spofford's

                                 'Circumstance.'"  Modern Language Studies 23.2 (Spring 1993): 48-58.

                "The Dialogic and the Ecologic in Robinson Jeffers' 'The Inquisitors.'"  CEA Critic 55 (Winter 1993):


                "Transcendentalism on the Appalachian Trail."  The Thoreau Society Bulletin 201 (Autumn 1992): 5-7.

                "When East Meets West: Strategies of Enclosure in Robert Service's 'The Cremation of Sam McGee.'"

                                South Dakota Review 30.1 (Spring 1992): 96-103.

                "Steel Wheels on Paper: The Railroad in American Literature."  Railroad History 165 (Autumn 1991):


                "Why the Caged Bird Laughs: Humor in Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings."  MAWA

                                Review 6.1 (June 1991): 7-10.

                "The Easterner in Western Literature--and in the Western Literature Association."  Western American

                                Literature 26 (1991): 229-35.          

                "Landscape Aesthetics and Literary History: The Knights of the Golden Horseshoe in Journal, Poem,

                                and Story."  Mississippi Quarterly 44.1 (1990-91): 69-82.

                "The Raftsmen's Song in Huck Finn."  Mississippi Folklore Register 24 (1990): 48-52.

                "Cooper's 'Course of Empire': Mountains and the Rise and Fall of American Civilization in Last of the

                                 Mohicans, The Spy, and The Pioneers."  In James Fenimore Cooper:  His Country and His

                                 Art.  Papers from the Bicentennial Conference.  Ed. George Test.  No. 7 (July 1989). 55-66.

                "Taking Louisbourg by Prayer: Responses of Jonathan Edwards and Benjamin Franklin to a Military

                                Episode in Colonial American History."  University of Dayton Review 20 (1989): 3-19.

                "Humor and the Techniques of Humor in William Bradford's Of Plymouth Plantation."  Studies

                                in American Humor 5.2-3 (1986): 158-67.

                "The American Dreams of Sam Snaffles."  Southern Literary Journal 18.2 (1986): 96-107.

                "Thoreau's Walden Odyssey."  American Transcendental Quarterly 59 (1986): 53-62.

                "Literary Prizes."  Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 15, British Novelists, 1930-1959, Part 2.

                                Ed. Bernard Oldsey.  Detroit: Bruccoli Clark/Gale Research, 1983.  651-57.


                Journals Edited:


                “Literary Ecocrticism.”  Special Issue, Interdisciplinary Literary Studies: A Journal of Criticism and

                                and Theory 3.1 (Fall 2001).


                Book Reviews:


                “Consilience.”  By Edward O. Wilson.  ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and

                                Environment 6.1 (Winter 1999): 168-70.

                “The Appalachian Trail Reader.”  Ed. David Emblidge.  ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in

                                Literature and Environment 5.2 (Summer 1998): 137-39. 

                "The Geography of Childhood."  By Gary Paul Nabhan and Stephen Trimble. American Nature

                                Writing Newsletter 7.1 (Spring 1995): 19-20.




                “The time between” (haiku).  Acorn 12 (2003): forthcoming.

                “Monadnock Hike-u” (6 haiku).  ASLE News 15.1 (Fall 2003): 6.

                “Mt. Humphreys Haiku” (6 haiku).  ASLE News 14.1 (Fall 2002): 12.

                “Henry Thoreau’s Transcendental Skating.”  Organization & Environment 14.1 (March 2001): 115.

                “Snakeskin and Quills” and “On the Road.”  Pink Cadillac 1.2 (Spring 1997): 5.

                "Boy with a .22."  Terra Nova:  Nature and Culture 1.3 (Summer 1996): 108-09.

                "Living with the Famous Poet."  Spirit:  A Magazine of Poetry 57 (Spring-Summer 1992): 57-58.


                Articles (Non-Scholarly):


                “Music and Community.”  ASLE News 12.1 (Spring 2000): 5.

                “Rites of Passage.”  Attache ( US Air in-flight magazine), March 2000: 50-57.