Owen W. Gilman, Jr., Ph.D.

Office: Merion Hall 115
Phone: (610) 660-1891
Email: ogilman@sju.edu


  • A.B., Bowdoin College, 1969
  • M.A., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1973
  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1979

Professional Experience

General Fields of Professional Interest
Nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature
Contemporary American fiction
Vietnam War literature
Southern literature
Ecocriticism and nature writing
Organizational Writing

Pedagogical Style
Increasingly, I ask groups of students to assume responsibility for designing class activities for the texts we read. Students are expected to be energetically engaged with our collaborative efforts. Mostly discussion, with lecture segments inserted as the need arises.

Other Information
Chair, English department, 1997-2006; Director, Writing Studies Program, 2002-;chair, college council, 1993-94; director, teaching and learning center, 1995-97; member MLA, NCTE, College English Association; Lindback Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1996; teaching; awards, Saint Joseph's University, 1985, 1988, 1993, 1996; research award, Saint Joseph's University, 1991.

Courses Taught

  • English 1011 (The Craft of Language)
  • English 1221 (Rhetoric in Modern Practice)
  • English 1021 (Texts and Contexts)
  • English 2731 (Contemporary American Literature)
  • English 2011 (Backgrounds for English Studies)
  • English 4015 (Rhetoric Then and Now )
  • Honors 1273-83 (America: Myth, Image, Reality)


Selected Publications

"The South," in History and Film, ed. Peter Rollins New York: Columbia University Press, 2004

"The Spanish-American War," "World War I," "World War II," "Korean War," "Vietnam War," all in Companion to Southern Literature ed. J. Flora and L. MacKethan (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State UP, 2002)

"Barry Hannah," in Contemporary Fiction Writers of the South, Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook, eds. J. Flora and R. Bain (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1993): 213-21

Vietnam and the Southern Imagination (Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 1992)

" Vietnam and John Winthrop's Vision of Community," in Fourteen Landing Zones: Approaches to Vietnam War Literature, ed. P. Jason (Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1991): 124-40

" Vietnam, Chaos, and the Dark Art of Improvisation," in Inventing Vietnam: The War in Film and Television, ed. M. Anderegg (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1991): 231-50

ed. [with L. Smith], America Rediscovered: Critical Essays on Literature and Film of the Vietnam War (New York: Garland, 1990)

Faculty Expert Profile

  • Expertise: American Literature, Contemporary American Fiction, Vietnam War Literature, Literature and Culture of the 1960s, Use of Film as Reflection of History, Nature Writing