Larry McClain

Faculty/Staff profile

Associate Professor of English
(402) 465-2301
Old Main 122
Office hours: 

Spring 2013:

Mondays and Wednesdays 11:00–12:00
Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:30-12:00
and by appointment


Ph.D. in Literature: University of Texas at Austin

Teaching philosophy: 

"When you can assume that your audience holds the same beliefs you do, you can relax a little more and use more normal means of talking to it; when you have to assume that it does not, then you have to make your vision apparent by shock—to the hard of hearing you shout, and for the almost–blind you draw large and startling figures” —Flannery O'Connor

Courses taught: 

ENG 001: English Language and Composition
ENG 100: Introduction to Textual Studies
ENG 101: Masterpieces of Literature: Sexualities
ENG 107: U.S. Literature to 1865
ENG 108: U.S. Literature since 1865
ENG 224: 19th Century Literature
ENG 298: Ways of Reading (occasionally)
ENG 299: Senior Workshop (occasionally)

Course schedule: 

IDS 001 Liberal Arts Seminar: Atheism MWF 10:00–10:50
ENG 100 Introduction to Textual Studies MWF 1:00–1:50
ENG 101 Masterpieces of Literature: Sexualities TTh 10:00–11:15
ENG 101 Masterpieces of Literature: Sexualities TTh 2:00–3:15

Research and academic interests: 

U.S. Literature, Popular Culture, Pedagogy

Here are some examples of the kind of academic writing I do:

“Fighting in the Closet: Fight Club and the Language of Same Sex Desire.” 2008 Victor J. Emmett Memorial Lecture, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas—Oct. 30, 2008

“A Whiter Shade of Pale: Teaching Race in the Midwest.” Midwest Quarterly 49 (2008): 245–262.

“Women’s Studies, Cultural Studies: Teaching Literature in the Midwest.” Transformations: A Resource for Curriculum Transformation and Scholarship 7 (1996): 15-28.

“The Rhetoric of Regional Representation: American Fiction and the Politics of Cultural Dissent.” Genre: A Quarterly Devoted to Generic Criticism 27 (1994): 227-254.