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Drew Lopenzina

  • Drew Lopenzina
  • Assistant Professor
  • English
  • 5000 Batten Arts and Letters
  • Norfolk, VA 23529
  • 757-683-3991
  • alopenzi@odu.edu
  • Drew Lopenzina is professor of Early American and Native American literature at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. His work has appeared in the journals American Literature, American Quarterly, American Indian Quarterly and others. His recently released book Red Ink: Native Americans Picking up the Pen in the Colonial Period (SUNY Press 2012) offers a rethinking of indigenous engagements with literacy in America’s colonial milieu, detailing the manner in which Native peoples drew from their own narrative and literary traditions as they forged interactions with western forms of literacy. He is currently working on a biography of the nineteenth-century Pequot activist and minister William Apess.
  • Education

    University of New Hampshire, 2006
    Major: English
    Degree: Ph. D.
    University of New Hampshire, 2000
    Major: English
    Degree: M.A.
  • Research Interests

    Appropriations of Literacy amongst indigenous communities in colonial America. Early Native writers. Dynamics of contact in colonial period.