Peter Olson

Peter Olson



Lee Hall
Department of English
P.O. Box E
Mississippi State, MS 39762


  • Ph.D in Literary and Cultural Studies (2013)—University of Memphis.
  • Graduate Certificate in African-American Studies (2007)—University of Memphis
  • M.A. in English literature (2006)—University of Memphis.
  • M.A. in music theory (1992)—University of Minnesota.
  • B.M. in bass performance (1987)—University of Minnesota.

Recent Courses

  • EN 2223-501. English Literature after 1800
  • EN 2273-501. World Literature Before 1600
  • Writing for the Workplace
  • Writing for the Web (spring 2012 pilot online course)



Peter B. Olson teaches as a Lecturer in the Department of English at Mississippi State University. His teaching assignments include English Composition 1 & 2—online (EN 1103/1113-501), Writing for the Workplace—online (EN 3313-501), English Literature after 1800—online (EN 2223-501), and World Literature before 1600—online (EN 2273-501).

Olson specializes in American studies, the philosophy of literature, rhetoric and composition, literary theory, and musicology. His dissertation is titled American Romanticism and the Politics of Negative Originality: The Dark Passages of Emerson, Poe, Hawthorne, and Melville. He was awarded the Scharff Graduate Award in English at the University of Memphis. (2009). During the spring of 2011 Olson completed CTL 101, the Center for Teaching and Learning's course in distance-learning best practices. He subsequently developed Writing on the Web (4990/6990) as a pilot course, offered through AOCE. Olson has also studied musicology and Southern regional music at the University of Memphis (ABD 2003) after serving as a research assistant to folklorist Charles K. Wolfe at Middle Tennessee State University’s Department of English (2001).

Publications and Presentations

  • “’To The Public’: Poe’s Stylus and ‘Outraging the Right’.” Conference paper given to the 4th International Poe Conference, 2015.
  • “Web Writing in the University Community: Problem Solving through Collaboration and Convergence.” POMPA: Publications of the Mississippi Philological Association, 31, 2014. Also in Web Writing: Why & How for Liberal Arts Teaching & Learning, “Open-Review Edition.” Trinity College Center for Teaching & Learning, 2013.
  • “The Metaphysics of Indian-Hating: Melville, Parkman, Emerson and the American West as Singular Form.” Revise and Resubmit, Journal of American Culture. 2014.
  • Participant in the Lewis & Clark College Scholarly Writing Retreat in Portland, Oregon, July, 2013/14. Assistance from the Dept. of English, Mississippi State University.
  • Chair, American Literature 1 Panel, the 35th annual Southwest Popular Culture and American Culture Association (PCA/ACA) Conference, February 19 - 22, 2014 in Albuquerque, NM. Assistance from the Mississippi State University Foundation.
  • “The Creative Class: The Arts, Communities, Collaborations, Convergences.” University of North Alabama, March 14, 2014.
  • Subvention awarded by Trinity College Center for Teaching & Learning in support of an essay chosen for an ebook titled WebWriting: Why & How for Liberal Arts Teaching & Learning (2013).
  • "Edward Albee's Great Society: The Post-War Program to Demystify the American Dream," The University of North Alabama English Department 3rd Annual Regional Graduate Student Conference, The American Dream (2011).
  • His paper "Prairie Home Companion in Nashville: Valentine’s Day 2003" was presented at the National Communication Association conference (Boston 2004).
  • He has published in the Journal of the Society for American Music, the Encyclopedia of Appalachia, Crossroads: A Journal of Southern Culture, and the Encyclopedia of Alabama.“’To The Public’: Poe’s Stylus and ‘Outraging the Right’.” Conference paper given to the 4th International Poe Conference, 2015.

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