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Dr. Joe Fulton



American Literature
American Dictionaries
Mark Twain


Carroll Science, room 209
254) 710-4329

Curriculum Vitae


Joe B. Fulton is Professor of English at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where he has been honored as an "Outstanding Professor for Scholarship" and as a "Baylor University Class of 1945 Centennial Professor." Dr. Fulton has published numerous books and articles on American literature. His work has appeared in American Literary Realism, Christianity and Literature, ESQ, The New England Quarterly, and many other journals. He is the author of Lost Liberty: Recovering Historical Definitions of America’s Most Important Word (Createspace, 2014), the result of his obsession with collecting American dictionaries. In addition, he has published four books on Mark Twain: Mark Twain’s Ethical Realism: The Aesthetics of Race, Class, and Gender (University of Missouri Press, 1997); Mark Twain in the Margins: The Quarry Farm Marginalia and the Composition of A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (University of Alabama Press, 2000); The Reverend Mark Twain: Theological Burlesque, Form, and Content (The Ohio State University Press, 2006); and The Reconstruction of Mark Twain: How a Confederate Bushwhacker became the Lincoln of our Literature (Louisiana State University Press, 2011), winner of the Jules and Frances Landry Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Southern Studies. Dr. Fulton and his wife Hallie have four children and live out in the middle of nowhere on a little patch of heaven in Texas.

"'The Noblest and Best Man after Washington': The Role of President Abraham Lincoln in Mark Twain's Reconstruction." The Trouble Begins at Eight, Spring 2012 Lecture at Elmira College (YouTube)