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Assistant Professor of English

Ross K. Tangedal specializes in twentieth-century American print & publishing culture, textual editing, book history, and the profession of authorship, with emphases on Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Midwestern literature. He teaches Book History, Editing and Publishing, Editorial Process, and Creative Nonfiction, in addition to directing the student-staffed Cornerstone Press. His articles have appeared in the Hemingway Review, the F. Scott Fitzgerald Review, Authorship, MidAmerica, and Midwestern Miscellany, and he has published essays in the Teaching Hemingway series (Kent State UP) and the Rediscovering the American Midwest series (Hastings College Press). His edition of Michigan author John Herrmann’s lost novel, Foreign Born, was published in February 2018 (Hastings College Press), and he is a contributing editor for the multi-volume Hemingway Letters Project (Cambridge UP). He serves on the Executive Advisory Board of the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature and on the Advisory Council of Younger Scholars of the Ernest Hemingway Society. His book manuscript, A Most Pleasant Business: Authorial Prefaces and American Writers since 1900, is currently under review with a university press.


“Hemingway’s Experts: Teaching Race in Death in the Afternoon and Green Hills of Africa.” Teaching Hemingway and Race, edited by Gary E. Holcomb. Kent State University Press [forthcoming October 2018].

“That Time in Chicago: Midwestern Memory in Nella Larsen’s Passing.” A Scattering Time: How Modernism Met Midwestern Culture, edited by Sara A. Kosiba. Hastings College Press, 2018, pp. 17–31.

“A Few Practical Things: Death in the Afternoon and Hemingway’s Natural Pedagogy.” Teaching Hemingway and the Natural World, edited by Kevin Maier. Kent State University Press, 2018, pp. 178–191.

Foreign Born. By John Herrmann. Edited by Ross K. Tangedal, Hastings College Press, 2018. xxviii, 262 pp.

“Alone and Alone: Defense, Justification, and Apology in Fitzgerald’s Late Prefaces.” F. Scott Fitzgerald Review, vol. 15, 2017, pp. 51–71.

“Breaking Forelegs: Hemingway’s Early Prefaces.” Hemingway Review, vol. 37, no. 1, 2017, pp. 65–82.

“Nothing is Left but the Sky: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Booth Tarkington, and Midwestern Influence.” Midwestern Miscellany, vol. 45, no. 2, 2017, pp. 12–25.

“Refusing the Serious: Authorial Resistance in Ring Lardner’s Prefaces for Scribner’s.” Authorship, vol. 5, no. 2, 2016, 11 pp. doi:

"At Last Everyone Had Something to Talk About: Gloria's War in Fitzgerald's The Beautiful and Damned." Midwestern Miscellany, vol. 44, 2016, pp. 68–81. 

"My Own Personal Public: Fitzgerald's Table of Contents in Tales of the Jazz Age." F. Scott Fitzgerald Review, vol. 13, 2015, pp. 130–145. 

"Excuse the Preface: Hemingway's Introductions for Other Writers." Hemingway Review, vol. 34, no. 2, 2015, pp. 72–90. 

"Designed to Amuse: Hemingway's The Torrents of Spring and Intertextual Comedy." MidAmerica, vol. 41, 2014, pp. 11–22.

Professional Affiliations

Modern Language Association
American Literature Association
Ernest Hemingway Foundation & Society
F. Scott Fitzgerald Society
Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature
Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing

Contact Info

Email:​ ross.tangedal
​Office: ​CCC 325
Phone: ​715-346-4532
​Fax: ​715-346-4215

Course Info

​ENG 101 ​Freshman English
​ENG 150 Advanced ​Freshman English
​ENG 202 ​Sophomore English
​ENG 399 ​Editorial Process
​ENG 349 Editing & Publishing
ENG 350 Creative Nonfiction
​ENG 389 Book History
​ENG 399
​Editorial Process