About

Ross K. Tangedal

Since 2016, I have been Assistant Professor of English and Director of the Cornerstone Press at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. I am the author of The Preface: American Authorship in the Twentieth Century (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2021), co-editor (w/ Joshua M. Murray) of Editing the Harlem Renaissance (Clemson University Press 2021), and co-editor (w/ Lisa DuRose and Andy Oler) of Michigan Salvage: Bonnie Jo Campbell and the American Midwest (under advance contract with Michigan State University Press). My articles have been published or are forthcoming in a number of journals, including Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, South Atlantic Review, the Hemingway Review, the F. Scott Fitzgerald Review, Authorship, and others.

 

My areas of research and teaching expertise include American print & publishing culture, book history (1800-the present), bibliography (descriptive, analytical, and enumerative), authorship, and textual editing (documentary and scholarly), with emphasis on Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and the American Midwest. I am a contributing editor for the Hemingway Letters Project (Cambridge University Press), as well as assistant editor of the forthcoming Volume 6: The Letters of Ernest Hemingway (1934-1936).

Ross K. Tangedal, Ph.D.

American Print & Publishing Culture | Book History 

Bibliography | Authorship | Textual Editing

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RESEARCH

Ross K. Tangedal

Books

The Preface: American Authorship in the Twentieth Century

Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2021

New Directions in Book History Series

American writers wrote prefaces to sell themselves and their books in a changing literary marketplace. More specifically, the kind of authorial self-fashioning reflected in authorial prefaces is integral to the growth of professionalism in twentieth-century American letters. Building on insights from the fields of textual criticism, bibliography, narratology, and print culture, The Preface: American Authorship in the Twentieth Century clarifies the character and purpose of authorial prefaces in the twentieth century. By examining prefaces written by Willa Cather, Ring Lardner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Robert Penn Warren, and Toni Morrison, I show how writers struggled to make public their personal artistic expectations. Authorial prefaces serve as sites of conversation, as each illustrates working with editors, publishers, writers, and readers. These relationships tell stories of literary compromise, artistic integrity, and authorial legacy deeply embedded in the U.S. literary marketplace of the twentieth century.

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Editing the Harlem Renaissance

Clemson University Press, 2021

African American Literature Series

co-edited with Joshua M. Murray

“With a wide-ranging, erudite, and accessible suite of essays, Editing the Harlem Renaissance is a profoundly useful and long-awaited volume on an understudied yet essential facet of African American literature and Black textual production writ large. As it productively stretches common understandings of what constitutes editing, the volume puts a much-needed spotlight onto key figures, editorial practices, and publications—old and new—that played essential roles in fashioning, curating, collecting, and essentially creating what we now know as the Harlem Renaissance. This excellent book is to be celebrated, not only for what it already achieves, but also, we must hope, for helping to herald a new age of Black bibliography.”

—Jean-Christophe Cloutier
author of Shadow Archives: The Lifecycles of African American Literature

“Examining ‘editorial genealogies and futures,’ this timely collection approaches editing the Harlem Renaissance as both a historical project and an ongoing activity—a kind of ‘care work’ broadly conceived to include not only editing magazines, anthologies, and critical editions, but also bibliography, librarianship, recovery work, introductory essays, computational analysis, and curation of websites and digital archives. Adopting a range of methods and a lucid, engaging style of delivery, the contributors elevate the often invisible, undervalued labor of editing, demonstrating that this “’work of many hands’ was and remains essential to what is now called the Harlem Renaissance.”

—Suzanne Churchill
author of The Little Magazine Others and the Renovation of Modern American Poetry

Articles and Chapters

My work has been published or is forthcoming in various journals, including Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, South Atlantic Review, the Hemingway Review, the F. Scott Fitzgerald Review, Authorship, MidAmerica, and Midwestern Miscellany. Along with an essay in Editing the Harlem Renaissance, I have also contributed to a number of essay collections, including Approaches to Teaching the Poetry of Robert Frost, F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Composite Biography, Teaching Hemingway and Race, Teaching Hemingway and the Natural World, A Scattering Time: How Modernism Met Midwestern Culture, and Handbook of the American Short Story

Editorial Work

I currently serve as a contributing editor for the Hemingway Letters Project, a multi-volume series of the correspondence of Ernest Hemingway, published by Cambridge University Press. I am associate editor of the forthcoming volume 6: The Letters of Ernest Hemingway (1934-1936). In recent years, I have edited the first edition of John Herrmann's lost World War I novel Foreign Born, as well as a new edition of Charles McCarthy's history of the progressive era in Wisconsin, The Wisconsin Idea (w/ Jeff Snowbarger). 

 
 

TEACHING

Ross K. Tangedal

I teach a variety of English courses at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, as part of both the Cornerstone Press operations and the English Department's major emphasis in Writing, Editing, and Publishing (WEP). Our publishing program is staffed year-round with three primary courses: Editing and Publishing (Fall), Book and Publication Design (Spring), and Small Press Management (Summer). These courses produce all titles released by the Cornerstone Press, amounting to four books published per year. Check out the press website for more details.

In addition to practical, curricular publishing offerings, I also teach print studies courses for our major: Book History, Editorial Process, and The Profession of Authorship. These courses provide students with a detailed survey of writing studies, print culture studies, editorial theory and practice, and bibliography. I also teach multiple sections of freshman and sophomore composition, and on occasion I have taught Creative Nonfiction, Advanced Freshman English, and Intermediate Composition. I am currently developing courses in copyediting and publication for teachers to serve our English Education program.

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Education

Ph.D., Kent State University, English, 2015

Kenneth R. Pringle Dissertation Fellow

M.A., Montana State University, English, 2010

B.A., summa cum laude, Montana State University, English literature, 2008

 

professional Appointments

Assistant Professor, English, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 2016-present

Director & Publisher, Cornerstone Press, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 2016-present

Postdoctoral Fellow, English, Mercyhurst University, 2015-2016

publications

 

Book

The Preface: American Authorship in the Twentieth Century. Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2021. 

Edited Books

Associate Editor. The Letters of Ernest Hemingway (1934-1936). Edited by Sandra Spanier, Verna Kale, and Miriam Mandel. Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2022.

 

Michigan Salvage: Bonnie Jo Campbell and the American Midwest. Edited by Lisa DuRose, Ross K. Tangedal, and Andy Oler. Michigan State University Press, under advance contract.

Editing the Harlem Renaissance. Edited by Joshua M. Murray and Ross K. Tangedal. Clemson University Press, 2021, xii, 300 pp.

The Wisconsin Idea. By Charles McCarthy. 1912. Edited by Ross K. Tangedal and Jeff Snowbarger. Cornerstone Press, xxx, 304 pp.

Foreign Born. By John Herrmann. Edited by Ross K. Tangedal. Hastings College Press, xxviii, 290 pp.

Journal Articles (refereed)

“Bonnie Jo Campbell (1962–): A Descriptive Bibliography.” The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, forthcoming 2022.

 

Fertile and Quiescent: Midwestern Memory in Bonnie Jo Campbell’s ‘Winter Life.’” MidAmerica, vol. 47, 2020, pp. 65–76.

“I’m Inclined to Believe: Editing Uncertainty in the Ending(s) to Nella Larsen’s Passing.” South Atlantic Review, vol. 84, nos. 2–3, 2019, pp. 205–223.

  

“Alone and Alone: Defense, Justification, and Apology in Fitzgerald’s Late Prefaces.” F. Scott Fitzgerald Review, vol. 15, 2017, pp. 51–71.

 

“Breaking Forelegs: Hemingway’s Early Prefaces.” Hemingway Review, vol. 37, no. 1, 2017, pp. 65–82.

 

“Nothing is Left but the Sky: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Booth Tarkington, and Midwestern Influence.” Midwestern Miscellany, vol. 45, no. 2, 2017, pp. 12–25.

 

“Refusing the Serious: Authorial Resistance in Ring Lardner’s Prefaces for Scribner’s.” Authorship, vol. 5, no. 2, 2016, pp. 1–11. Reprinted in Twentieth Century Literary Criticism, vol. 409, 2021, pp. 78–85.

 

“‘At Last Everyone Had Something to Talk About’: Gloria’s War in Fitzgerald’s The Beautiful and Damned.” Midwestern Miscellany, vol. 44, 2016, pp. 68–81.

 

“My Own Personal Public: Fitzgerald’s Table of Contents in Tales of the Jazz Age.” F. Scott Fitzgerald Review, vol. 13, 2015, pp. 130–145.

 

“Excuse the Preface: Hemingway’s Introductions for Other Writers.” Hemingway Review, vol. 34, no. 2, 2015, pp. 72–90.

 

“Designed to Amuse: Hemingway’s The Torrents of Spring and Intertextual Comedy.” MidAmerica, vol. 41, 2014, pp. 11–22.

 

“This Storm is What We Call Progress: Whitman, Kushner, and Transnational Crisis.” The Quint: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly from the North, vol. 5, no.1, 2012, pp. 74–88.

Book Chapters (refereed)

 

“Buffalo, New York (1904–1905).” F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Composite Biography, edited by David A. Rennie and Niklas Salmose. University of Minnesota Press, forthcoming 2022.

“Something They Recognize: Working with Robert Frost’s New Hampshire.” Approaches to Teaching the Poetry of Robert Frost, edited by Sean Heuston. Modern Language Association of America, forthcoming 2022.

“Ernest Hemingway.” Handbook of the American Short Story, edited by Erik Redling and Oliver Scheiding. De Gruyter, forthcoming 2022.

“Clad in the Beautiful Dress One Expects: Editing and Curating the Harlem Renaissance Text.” Editing the Harlem Renaissance, edited by Joshua M. Murray and Ross K. Tangedal. Clemson University Press, 2021, pp. 63–83.

 

“Hemingway’s Experts: Teaching Race in Death in the Afternoon and Green Hills of Africa.” Teaching Hemingway and Race, edited by Gary Edward Holcomb. Kent State University Press, 2018, pp. 29–40.

 

“That Time in Chicago: Midwestern Memory in Nella Larsen’s Passing.” A Scattering Time: How Modernism Met Midwestern Culture, edited by Sara Kosiba. Hastings College Press, 2018, pp. 17–31.

  

“A Few Practical Things: Death in the Afternoon and Hemingway’s Natural Pedagogy.” Teaching Hemingway and the Natural World, edited by Kevin Maier. Kent State University Press, 2018, pp. 178–191.

Review Essay

 

“The Hells of War.” Rev. of War Isn’t the Only Hell: A New Reading of American World War I Literature, by Keith Gandal; Points of Honor by Thomas Boyd, edited by Steven Trout. F. Scott Fitzgerald Review, vol. 16, 2018, pp. 265–72.

 

editorial experience

Contributing Editor, Hemingway Letters Project, Pennsylvania State University (2018–present)

Guest Editor (w/ Andy Oler), Midwestern Miscellany, vol. 48, 2020 [Bonnie Jo Campbell]

Volume Advisor, Twentieth Century Literary Criticism (2019–present)

Editorial Team, Scholarly Editing (2019–2021)

Guest Editor, Midwestern Miscellany, vol. 45, no. 2, 2017 [F. Scott Fitzgerald]

recent fellowships, grants, & Awards

L & S Enhancement Grant ($1,150), College of Letters and Science, UWSP, 2020

University Scholar Award ($1,000), UWSP, 2019

Lewis-Reynolds-Smith Founders Fellowship ($1,000), Ernest Hemingway Society, 2019

L & S Enhancement Grant ($2,600), College of Letters and Science, UWSP, 2019

Summer Publishing Fellowship ($12,000), College of Letters and Science, UWSP, 2018

Nominee, University Scholar Award, UWSP, 2018

New Faculty Research Grant ($3,000), College of Letters and Science, UWSP, 2017

courses taught (UWSP)

Advanced Freshman English

Book and Publication Design

Book History

Creative Nonfiction

Editing and Publishing

Editorial Process: Theory and Practice

Freshman English

Intermediate Composition

Major Authors: Ernest Hemingway & F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Profession of Authorship

Publication for Teachers

Senior Honors Project: Product

Senior Honors Project: Research

Small Press Management

Sophomore English

Workshop in English

Writing Internship