Dr. Gary Rees

Dr. Gary Rees
Associate Professor of English
Office: Bangsberg Hall #213
Phone: (218) 755-2359
Email: gary.rees@bemidjistate.edu

Ph.D. English, University of Houston
M.A. English, Central Washington University
B.A. English and History, Baylor University

Gary Rees is an associate professor who specializes in twentieth century American and African literature. His current book project, Cold War Transnationalism: Appropriation and Resistance in African and U.S. Southern Literature explores the transnational political, cultural, and literary connections between Africa and the United States during the middle decades of the twentieth century. In this work, he uses postcolonial theories of transnationalism and African philosophy to explore how writers from the disparate global regions of Sub-Saharan Africa and the U.S. South are historically, philosophically, and politically connected through their writing about global and local movements for decolonization and civil rights.

In the English department, he regularly teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in American literature, literary theory, and world literature. Aside from this, Dr. Rees also has an interest in Japanese literature, particularly the works of Haruki Murakami. He has a book chapter, “Haruki Murakami in the Literary Theory Classroom,” forthcoming in the MLA Options for Teaching Volume: Teaching Postwar Japanese Fiction.

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