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Donna M. Campbell American Literature


Dr. Donna Campbell

College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Faculty Award, 2023

Center for Arts and Humanities Faculty Fellow 2022-2023
Professor of English, Washington State University – Pullman
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Lewis and Stella Buchanan Distinguished Professor of English, 2019-21

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College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Faculty Award, 2023



Falling Stories: Cinematic Naturalism and Disability in Frank Norris's and Stephen Crane's City Sketches

“Falling Stories: Cinematic Naturalism and Disability in Frank Norris’s and Stephen Crane’s City Sketches”

Excerpt: What the falling stories record is the crowd’s response to a private act that disorders public space by blurring the boundaries between public and private. The falling story occasioned by sudden disability upsets the implicit social contract that in the nineteenth century defined those with disabilities as possessing not only fewer implicit rights to be in the public sphere but also fewer explicit legal rights to be visible there. By returning the gaze, the person who has fallen challenges the strict demarcation between public and private, visible and hidden, and physical health and disability.

Falling stories signify larger naturalistic issues of human agency and the powerful forces aligned against the individual, yet the visual exchange between spectators and the fallen subject more specifically raises the issue of disability in naturalism, a literary form that traditionally valorizes strength.








Bloomsbury Handbook to Edith Wharton“Edith Wharton and Film.”

(With Carol J. Singley and Frederick Wegener.) “The Complete Works of Edith Wharton: Preparing the First Authoritative Edition.”

The Bloomsbury Handbook to Edith Wharton, Edited by Emily J. Orlando (Bloomsbury Press, 2022). 














“The Reign of the Dolls: Violence and the Nonhuman in Mary E. Wilkins Freeman.”

 New Perspectives on Mary E. Wilkins Freeman: Reading with and against the Grain, ed. Stephanie Palmer, Myrto Drizou and Cécile Roudeau (Edinburgh University Press, 2023).














Paul Laurence Dunbar: “When Malindy Sings,” The Sport of the Gods, and Black Lives Matter

Donna Campbell
American Literary Realism
Vol. 53, No. 2 (Winter 2021), pp. 106-111 (6 pages)
Published By: University of Illinois Press









“Summers in Arcady: The Deep Time of Evolutionary Romance in James Lane Allen, Hamlin Garland, and Edith Wharton.”  American Literary Realism 52.2 (Winter 2020): 95-113.













Bitter Tastes: Literary Naturalism and Early Cinema in American Women’s Writing. University of Georgia Press, 2016. Paperback, 2018.Bitter Tastes: Literary Naturalism and Early Cinema in American Women's Writing. U Georgia P, 2016. Named a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Book for 2017.

CHOICE Outstanding Academic Book for 2017 * Honorable Mention, SSAWW Book Award, 2018

WSU Research Exchange (articles)
MLA Humanities Commons (articles)