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University of Massachusetts Amherst

University of Massachusetts Amherst

English Department

Faculty Profiles: Mason I. Lowance, Jr.








Contact Information:

268 Bartlett Hall
UMass
Amherst, MA 0l003
p: 413-545-5468
f: 413-545-3880
masonl@english.umass.edu 

Professor

Professor Mason Lowance teaches Early American Literature, American Romanticism, and American Realism at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He also offers a seminar in Hawthorne and Melville, and regularly teaches "Race and Slavery in American Culture" to undergraduates and graduate students. He has taught at the University of Massachusetts since 1967, and since 1982, has also taught a course per year at the Harvard University Extension School. He has taught semester long courses at Clark, Tufts, Brown, Emory, Oxford and Yale University, where he was a Fellow of the National Humanities Institute, 1977-78. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow (1982) and was awarded a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities (1978-9). He has been William and Alice Pressly Visiting Professor at The Westminster Schools (2003-4). He was Associate Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Fine Arts from 1980-83. His publications include: Increase Mather (1974); Massachusetts Broadsides of the American Revolution (1976); The Language of Canaan: Metaphor and Symbol in New England from the Puritans to the Transcendentalists (1980); The Typological Writings of Jonathan Edwards (1993); The Stowe Debate: Rhetorical Strategies in Uncle Tom's Cabin (1994); Against Slavery: an Abolitionist Reader (2000); A House Divided: the Antebellum Slavery Debates in America from 1776-1865 (2003).

Prof. Lowance has also directed three NEH Summer Seminars for College Teachers, two  entitled: "Uncle Tom's Cabin and Antebellum American Culture" in 1992 and 1995. and "Puritanism in Old England and New England," in 1976.


Areas of Specialization: African, African American, & African Diaspora Studies, American Literature