Assistant Professor of English
Vinson Hall 212
Dr. Adams joined the faculty of Northwestern in Fall 2014. His primary area of interest, passion, and specialization is American literature (and its relationship to American history) from the end of the Civil War through our entrance into World War during 1917. In particular, what interests him is the relationship between how those Americans understood the idea of manners and the ways by which those expectations manifested themselves via cultural expressions of power. Some of these expressions are overt, but what intrigues him are how these cultural relics appear in what might seem as ordinary means, such as furniture, clothing, and even the pattern of seating around a dinner table, Within literature as well, he has also focused on post-apocalyptic worlds in the aftermath of 9-11, such as The Hunger Games and works by Cormac McCarthy.
Dr. Adams also has an interest in film and its reflections of the cultural assumptions reflected by a given production. While much of his focus has been on films that explore aspects of American history (such as the Westerns of John Ford), he also has an abiding interest in the changing portrayals of superheroes from the 1940s and World War II through the end of the Cold War in 1991. Particularly interesting are the implications within the remakes of earlier films since 9-11.