Tom Truesdell

  Tom Truesdell



  • B.A. Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Ph.D. University of Virginia


Current Courses Taught

  • Literature and composition
  • Roots and branches of speculative fiction
  • Literature of the British Empire
  • Africa: Literature of the Colonizers and Colonized
  • Vices and Virtues: The Moral Dimension in Literature
  • American History: Colonies to Republic
  • History of the American West
  • the uses of the Arthurian Legend
  • History and Literature of World War I





Recent Publications and Presentations

  • Essay Review of Hayes, The Lamp and the Cross: A History of Averett College; Jones, Rooted on Blue Stone Hill: A History of James Madison University; Wills, No Ordinary College: A History of the University of Virginia’s College at Wise.  For the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, 2005, no. 4.
  • Essay Review of Peskin, Manufacturing Revolution: The Intellectual Origins of Early America Industry, for the History of Education Quarterly Fall 2004.




Areas of Interest

  • Interface of history and literature
  • Literature of the late Victorian/Edwardian/Progressive Era
  • Speculative fiction
  • Literature of the First World War
  • Myth, legend, folk and fairy tale