M.A. & Ph.D., English Lit., University of Arizona
B.A., English & Women's Studies, Pomona College
Teaching and Research Interests
Early American literature
American Indian literature
Western American literature
Environmental literature and Ecocriticism
Gender and Sexuality studies
Amy Hamilton joined the English Department at Northern Michigan University in 2008 after earning her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. Her scholarly work includes essays on American Indian women writers, Anglo-American captivity narratives, and U.S. Southwest border literatures. Her co-edited critical collection, Before the West was West: Critical Essays on Pre-1800 Literature of the American Frontiers, was published by the University of Nevada Press in 2014. This collection investigates a range of early literatures and poses new questions about “westernness” and its literary representation. Professor Hamilton is currently working on her second book, which is under contract with the University of Nevada Press. Tentatively titled Peregrinations: Walking in American Literature, the manuscript explores the trope of walking in American texts from a cross-cultural perspective. Professor Hamilton demonstrates how representations of walking allow writers to engage with a wide array of histories, stories, and traditions as well as the material experience of moving bodily across the land. Professor Hamilton’s recent courses at NMU include Native American Oral Traditions (EN 314), Literatures of the Southwest Borderlands (EN 490/570), American Literature II: Emergent National Voices, 1800-1865 (EN 371), and Ecocriticism and Environmental Literature (EN 570).
Peregrinations: Walking in American Literature. Reno: University of Nevada Press. [Forthcoming]
Before the West was West: Critical Essays on Pre-1800 Literature of the American Frontiers. Amy T. Hamilton and Tom J. Hillard, eds. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2014.
“Before the West was West: Rethinking the Temporal Borders of Western American Literature,” with Tom J. Hillard. Western American Literature. 47.3 (Fall 2012): 287-307.
“Walking Between Worlds in Louise Erdrich’s Novels,” Critical Insights: Louise Erdrich. Ed. P. Jane Hafen. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2012. 172-190.