Department of English

O'Dowd Hall, Room 544
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Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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Christopher Apap

A head shot of Chris Apap.

Special Lecturer

Christopher Apap’s area of expertise, broadly speaking, is the literature of the Americas in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; he has published and presented about a wide variety of different genres in that era, including novels, poetry, slave narratives, political speeches, geography textbooks, sermons and didactic tracts. Most recently, as a result of his work teaching across the curriculum at Oakland University, his work has ranged into contemporary American topics, including cultural geographies and ethical mapping, with a particular interest in ethnic literature in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.


B.A. Wayne State University
M.A. & Ph.D. New York University



The Genius of Place: The Geographic Imagination in the Early Republic (University of Massachusetts Press: 2016)

Articles and Chapters

“Jhumpa Lahiri’s “Sexy” and the Ethical Mapping of Subjectivity,” MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States 41.2 (2016)

 “(Ir)responsible Acts:  The Transatlantic Dialogues of William Godwin and Charles Brockden Brown” in Transatlantic Sensations, ed. John Barton and Jennifer Phegley (essay collection; Ashgate Press: 2012).

“‘Let no man of us budge one step’: David Walker and the Rhetoric of African American Emplacement,” in Early American Literature 46.2 (2011)

“The Genius of Latitude: Daniel Webster and the Geographical Imagination in Early America,” Journal of the Early Republic 30.2 (2010)

“Caught Between Two Opinions: Africans, Europeans and Indians in Olaudah Equiano's Interesting Narrative," Comparative American Studies 4.1 (2006)

Selected Recent Courses

AMS 3000: The Western

AMS 3000: The Civil War in the American Imagination

ENG 1500: Literature of Ethnic America

ENG 1700: Modern/Contemporary Literature

ENG 1800: World Literature

ENG 2500: American Literature

ENG 3400: Early American Literature

ENG 3900: American Romance

H C 2020: Moby-Dick & American Culture

H C 2040: The Civil War in the American Imagination