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About Christina Triezenberg

Christina Triezenberg completed her Ph.D. in English at Western Michigan University in 2014 and currently works as an adjunct professor in the Departments of English and Liberal Studies at Grand Valley State University, where she teaches undergraduate courses in American literature and human identity.
Her areas of specialization are American literature, with an emphasis on the literature of the American South and the lives and works of southern women writers, and modern British literature. However, she is also interested in American multicultural literature, contemporary American poetry, environmental writing and education, the history of the book and the development of public libraries, museum and material culture studies, and war as it is depicted in fiction, nonfiction and poetry. She is particularly interested in the impact of the American Civil War, World War I, and the Vietnam War, and much of her teaching, research, and writing has focused on the history and literature related to these conflicts.
Her dissertation, which traces the literary models that influenced Margaret Mitchell as she wrote her Pulitzer Prize-winning 1936 Civil War novel "Gone with the Wind," is entitled "Reading toward Scarlett: Tracing the Texts That Helped to Shape Margaret Mitchell's American Epic."
She is currently working on an article that explores the creative collaboration between the Virginia writer Mary Johnston and New England artist N.C. Wyeth, who illustrated her bestselling Civil War novels, The Long Roll (1911) and Cease Firing (1912), based on her examination of their correspondence.


Present Adjunct Professor, Grand Valley State University
Present Department of English, Grand Valley State University
Present Department of Liberal Studies, Grand Valley State University

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Thesis in English - GVSU
  • Dean's Citation for Academic Excellence - GVSU
  • Graduate Student Research Grant - WMU
  • Schoenecke Graduate Student Travel Grant
  • Galligan Memorial Scholarship in American Literature - WMU
  • NEH Summer Institute, Washington, DC, July 2015


  • Literary Interpretation
  • Literary Interpretation - Honors
  • Good Books - The American Experience
  • Beyond Belles: Exploring the Experiences of Women of the American South
  • Literature and Culture of the U.S.
  • Our Place in Nature - Honors
  • American Literature I
  • American Literature II
  • Introduction to Literatures in English
  • Foundations of Literary Study - Genre
  • Literature of American Minorities
  • Literature and the Environment
  • Life Journeys

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