Department of English

Bill Atwill

Associate Professor, Associate Director of Honors
Randall Library Bill Atwill


Ph.D., Duke University
M.A., Florida Atlantic University
B.A., University of South Florida

Academic Interests

Professor Atwill's area of specialization is contemporary American prose. He published a book on literary responses to the American Space Program. His current research interests are literary responses to life along the coast in American literature and narratives of scientific exploration in the Americas from the 17th century to the present.

Courses Taught

ENG 224: American Literature since 1870
ENG 350: American Romanticism
ENG 352: American Modernism
ENG 372: Contemporary Literature
ENG 390: Studies in Literature: Literature of the Sea

Major Publications

  • Fire and Power: The American Space Program as Postmodern Narrative. Athens and London: U Georgia P, 1994.
  • "John Gardner." American Writers, Supplement V. New York: Scribners', 2000.
  • "Through Plexiglas Darkly: Loss of Agency in Joan Didion's Salvador." Reader: Essays in Reader-Oriented Theory, Criticism, and Pedagogy 29 (1993): 1-7.
  • "Fire and Power: A Narrative of the Space Age." North Carolina Humanities, 1.1 (1992): 21-42.
  • with John Clifford, et. al. "A Review Interview of Stanley Aronowitz's and Henry Giroux's Postmodern Education: Politics, Culture, and Social Criticism." Praxis 12.1-2 (1991): 116-29.