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Ross K. Tangedal

I am Associate Professor of English and Director & Publisher 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 2021), and editor (w/ Lisa DuRose and Andy Oler) of Michigan Salvage: The Fiction of Bonnie Jo Campbell (Michigan State University Press 2023) and (w/ Joshua M. Murray) Editing the Harlem Renaissance (Clemson University Press 2021). My articles have been published 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 associate volume editor of the forthcoming Volume 6: The Letters of Ernest Hemingway (1934-1936) (Cambridge University Press 2024).

Ross K. Tangedal, Ph.D.

American Print & Publishing Culture | Book History 

Bibliography | Authorship | Textual Editing

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Ross K. Tangedal


The Preface: American Authorship in the Twentieth Century

Palgrave Macmillan, November 2021

New Directions in Book History Series

“In The Preface, Ross K. Tangedal examines an often-overlooked textual element in literature: an opening commentary (either current or in retrospect) by an author about a particular work of fiction. The author addresses the reader directly to recall the creation of the work, to reply to 
critics, and to assert authority over interpretation. Tangedal’s approach in this excellent new monograph yields a great many fresh and valuable insights, both critical and biographical.”

—James L. W. West III

Sparks Professor of English, Emeritus
Pennsylvania State University, Author of American Authors
and the Literary Marketplace since 1900


“Ross K. Tangedal’s The Preface: American Authorship in the Twentieth Century offers an expansive, inclusive take on a textual tradition that most readers consider the print equivalent  of  a hello.  Tangedal’s  multi-level discussion of this device demonstrates how integral it is to theories of authorship, and how major novelists from  Willa  Cather  to Toni  Morrison,  and now-overlooked  writers  like  Ring Lardner, employed it to fashion their personae for public consumption. From F. Scott Fitzgerald’s early self-deprecation (which did not serve him well) to Ernest Hemingway’s pugilistic professionalism to Robert Penn Warren’s obsession with historical  motive,  Tangedal reveals  the  range  writers display  and  the  risks  they undertake in this textual space.”

—Kirk Curnutt

Professor of English, Troy University
Editor of American Literature in Transition, 1970–1980

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Editing the Harlem Renaissance

Clemson University Press, June 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

Michigan Salvage: The Fiction of Bonnie Jo Campbell

Michigan State University Press, May 2023

co-edited with Lisa DuRose and Andy Oler

"Bonnie Jo Campbell’s fiction is extraordinary. The contributors to this first book about her work offer wide-ranging insights into her vision of 'the tangled uncertainty of promise and pain in ordinary lives.' They enlarge our understanding of Campbell’s stories and novels in many contexts, and offer inspiring examples of how to teach them in many settings. Michigan Salvage lives up to its topic—and that is high praise."

—June Howard

Professor Emerita at the University of Michigan

author of The Center of the World: Regional Writing and the Puzzles of Place-Time

“In a time when teaching our literary truth tellers is critical, Campbell’s deeply rewarding novels and stories offer insights into the nature of human beings under unanticipated, often unjust stresses. In this collection of essays about Campbell’s work, critics, teachers, writers, students and thinkers will discover abundant analysis, relevant inquiry, inspiring prompts, and a rich array of pedagogical approaches. I’ve long wanted to bring the power of the Great Lakes Midwest voice to the forefront of the new canons in our classrooms and consciousness. This lively focus on Campbell’s work compels us toward that. I couldn’t be more grateful for this incredible resource.”

Anne-Marie Oomen

author of As Long as I Know You: The Mom Book

winner of AWP's Sue William Silverman Award



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 25-30 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, as well as a summer publishing class for teachers and education students. On occasion I have taught Creative Nonfiction, Advanced Freshman English, and Intermediate Composition.



Ross K. Tangedal

*download my full CV here


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

*Kenneth R. Pringle Dissertation Fellow

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

B.A., Montana State University, English literature, 2008


professional Appointments

Associate Professor, English, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 2022-present

Assistant Professor, English, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 2016-2022

Postdoctoral Fellow, English, Mercyhurst University, 2015-2016




The Preface: American Authorship in the Twentieth Century. Palgrave Macmillan, 2021, xviii, 220.

Edited Collections

The Routledge Companion to F. Scott Fitzgerald. Edited by Philip McGowan, Ross K. Tangedal, and Helen Turner. Routledge [under advance contract; forthcoming 2025]

Good Country: Ernest Hemingway and the American West. Edited by Ross K. Tangedal. University of Nevada Press [under advance contract; forthcoming 2025]

Michigan Salvage: The Fiction of Bonnie Jo Campbell. Edited by Lisa DuRose, Ross K. Tangedal, and Andy Oler. Michigan State University Press, 2023, xxiv, 216 pp.

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

Edited Volumes and Editions

Associate Editor. The Letters of Ernest Hemingway (1934-1936). Volume 6. Edited by Sandra Spanier, Miriam Mandel, and Verna Kale. Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2024.

The Wisconsin Idea. By Charles McCarthy. 1912. Edited by Ross K. Tangedal and Jeff Snowbarger. Cornerstone Press, 2019. xxx, 304 pp.

Foreign Born. By John Herrmann. Edited by Ross K. Tangedal. Hastings College Press, 2018, xxviii, 290 pp.

Journal Articles (refereed)

“Bonnie Jo Campbell (1962–): A Descriptive Bibliography.” Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, vol. 115, no. 4, 2021, pp. 463–506.


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.


Book Chapters (refereed)

“‘You have no idea, reader’: Hemingway, Authorship, and The Torrents of Spring.” The Routledge Companion to Ernest Hemingway, edited by Verna Kale. Routledge [forthcoming 2025]

“A Book of Good Stories: Maintenance, Careerism, and Fitzgerald’s Short Story Collections.” The Routledge Companion to F. Scott Fitzgerald, edited by Philip McGowan, Ross K. Tangedal, and Helen Turner. Routledge [forthcoming 2025]

“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 2024.

“1904–1905.” F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Composite Biography, edited by David A. Rennie and Niklas Salmose. University of Minnesota Press [forthcoming 2023]

“Ernest Hemingway.” Handbook of the American Short Story, edited by Erik Redling and Oliver Scheiding. De Gruyter, 2022, pp. 305–318.

“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.


editorial experience

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

Publisher & Advisory Editor, Midwest Review (2022–present)

Volume Advisor, Twentieth Century Literary Criticism (2019–2021)

Volume Advisor, Children’s Literature Review (2019–2020)

Essays Section Editor, Scholarly Editing, Association for Documentary Editing (2019–2021)

Guest Editor (w/ Andy Oler), Midwestern Miscellany, vol. 48, no. 1, 2020

Guest Editor, Midwestern Miscellany, vol. 45, no. 2, 2017

fellowships, grants, & Awards

Nominee, University Service Award (UWSP), 2022

Nominee (w/ Joshua M. Murray), SAMLA Studies Book Award, Editing the Harlem Renaissance

(Clemson UP 2021), South Atlantic Modern Language Association, 2022

COLS Fund for Innovation Award ($1,220), College of Letters and Science (UWSP), 2022

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

Toerne Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation ($500), Dept. of English (KSU), 2016

Merton Humanities Fellowship ($24,000), Dept. of English (MU), 2015

Kenneth R. Pringle Dissertation Fellowship ($7500), Dept. of English (KSU), 2015

Lewis-Reynolds-Smith Founders Fellowship ($1000), Ernest Hemingway Society, 2014

Hemingway Research Grant ($1000), John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, 2014

Dissertation Research Award ($1000), Graduate Student Senate (KSU), 2014

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


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