Faculty at the School of Arts and Humanities

Peter Jay Ingrao

Associate Professor of Instruction

Areas of Specialization:  Southern Literature, Twentieth-Century American Literature, Appalachian Literature, trope of monstrosity in literature and film, heroic archetypes

Office:  JO 4.636
Office Hours:  T 12:00 - 2:00 and W 2:00 - 4:00
Mail Station:  JO 31
Email:  [email protected]
Phone:  972-883-6089

Peter Jay Ingrao previously taught College Writing and American Literature at North Carolina State University (2004-2005), and College and Critical Writing at Southern Methodist University (2005-2007). In addition to Exploration of the Humanities, he continues to teach American Literature, with a particular focus on literature of the American South, at UTD where he was selected as a finalist for the President's Teaching Excellence Award, and where he currently serves towards UTD's interdisciplinary focus on the Committee on Learning Management Systems.

Dr. Ingrao has presented material at such conferences as the Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference, The Southern Writers, Southern Writing Conference, ALA, SAMLA, and The Society for the Study of Southern Literature Conference. Most recently, he was invited back to the Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference where he spoke to the influence of literature circulated by hookworm reformers upon the characterization of Anse in As I Lay Dying. Previous panels chaired by Dr. Ingrao include "Strategies for Teaching McCarthy's The Road as Poem, Eco-Dystopia, and Zombie Survival Guide" at the ALA Hemingway/McCarthy Symposium. He has also spoken to UTD graduate students concerning organizing and editing their doctoral dissertations, written an advice column for freshmen, and is a frequently requested speaker for UTD's Comet Con. He prefers discussion-based classes in which students feel happy to enter into dialogue about ideas.

Materials presented at conferences emphasize Dr. Ingrao's primary research interest in literature of the American South, especially Appalachian literature. Other major areas of research include the continuing cultural importance of themes of utopia and dystopia in literature, history, and popular culture, as well as the ethical issues raised by the intersection of the humanities and technology as seen in philosophy, popular culture, and works of nineteenth and twentieth-century American and English literature. An overview of the importance of science fiction to graphic novels was anthologized in Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction. In addition to Appalachian literature, Dr. Ingrao's most recent research focuses upon the role of monstrosity in American and English literature, heroic archetypes in film, and a project to expand upon his talk concerning the swamp as a challenge to southern white patriarchy in popular American fiction.

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PhD. Humanities with Focus in Literature, University of Texas at Dallas
MA English, North Carolina State University
BA, English, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Curriculum Vitae:  Peter Jay Ingrao's CV