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Wesley Beal

  Dr. Wesley Beal
  Professor of English

  Contact information
  Office 211 in the Alphin Humanities Building 
  (870) 307-7174 | wesley.beal@lyon.edu


B.A. (English), Hendrix College

M.A. (English), University of Florida

Ph.D. (English), University of Florida


Dr. Beal is a teacher-scholar. At Lyon he teaches a broad range of courses in American literature, as well as the introduction to critical theory, world literature, and composition. His senior seminar "Reading 1925," for example, provides students with a primer on historicist methods, and he enjoys a breadth of topics courses such as surveys of detective fiction and Caribbean literature. His teaching has been recognized with Lyon's Professor of the Year award and UF's Calvin A. Vanderwerf Teaching Award, which is given out once each year by the Graduate School. His scholarship focuses on modern and 20th-century American fiction. His monograph Networks of Modernism was published by the University of Iowa Press in 2015, and he has published in American Literary HistoryCollege LiteratureDigital Humanities Quarterly, and Genre. His current research project is a study of the academic novel. In his administrative responsibilities he has served as chair of the Language and Literature division, and he currently serves as director of the Honors Fellows Program. He serves on the board of the Pulaski Institution. He is a Fulbright U.S. Scholar, having served in Hong Kong in 2018.