Steven Trout

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Steven Trout | Professor

Department Chair. Specializes in literary modernism, war literature, and American cultural studies.

HUMB 243  |  460-6439  |


Books Authored

On the Battlefield of Memory:  The First World War and American Remembrance, 1919-1941. Tuscaloosa, Alabama: University of Alabama Press, 2010.

Memorial Fictions: Willa Cather and the First World War.  Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press, 2002.

Books Edited

World War I in American Fiction: An Anthology of Short Stories. Eds. Scott D. Emmert and Steven Trout. Kent State University Press, 2014.

War+Ink: New Perspectives on Ernest Hemingway's Early Life and Writings. Eds. Steve Paul, Gail Sinclair, and Steven Trout. Kent State University Press, 2013.

Scarlet Fields: The Combat Memoir of a World War I Medal of Honor Hero by John Lewis Barkley. Lawrence, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri: University Press of Kansas and the National World War I Museum, 2012.

Good-bye to All That and Other Great War Writings by Robert Graves.  Manchester, UK:  Carcanet, 2007.

Cather Studies 6: History, Memory, and War.  Lincoln, Nebraska:  University of Nebraska Press, 2006.

American Prose Writers of World War I: A Documentary Volume.  Volume 316 of the Dictionary of Literary Biography.  Detroit:  Thomson Gale, 2005.

The Literature of the Great War Reconsidered: Beyond Modern Memory.  Coedited with Patrick J. Quinn, Chapman University. London: Palgrave (formerly Macmillan), 2001.

Book Introductions and Afterwords

Introduction to Toward the Flame: A Memoir of World War I by Hervey Allen. Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press, 2003. vii-xv.

Afterword for Plumes by Laurence Stallings.  Columbia, South Carolina:  University of South Carolina Press, 2006.  (This volume is the first in the Joseph M. Bruccoli World War I Literature Reprint Series, edited by Matthew Bruccoli). 349-353.

Articles and Book Chapters

"The Greatest Battle Ever Forgotten: The Meuse-Argonne Offensive and American Memory." A Companion to the Meuse-Argonne Campaign. Edward Lengel, ed. London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014.

"Hamilton and Higher Education: Revisiting Willa Cather’s The Professor’s House as an Academic Novel." The Willa Cather Newsletter and Review 55:1 (Summer 2011):  7-14.

“Idealism, Deadlock, and Decimation:  The Italian Experience of World War I in Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms and Emilio Lussu’s Sardinian Brigade.” Coauthored with Patrick J. Quinn. Studi Medievali e Moderni. 14:2 (2010).  This article will be reprinted in War+Ink:  New Perspectives on Ernest Hemingway’s Early Life and Writings, Steve Paul, Gail Sinclair, and Steven Trout, eds., forthcoming from Kent State University Press.

“The Western Front Comes to Kansas:  John Steuart Curry’s The Return of Private Davis from the Argonne.”  Kansas History:  A Journal of the Central Plains.  31:2 (Autumn 2008):  194-211. Winner of the 2009 Edgar Langsdorf Award of Excellence, a prize given to the finest article to appear in Kansas History during the previous calendar year.

“Antithetical Icons?:  Willa Cather, Ernest Hemingway, and the First World War.” Cather Studies 7: Willa Cather as Cultural Icon.  Guy Reynolds, ed.  Lincoln, Nebraska:  University of Nebraska Press, 2007. 269-287.

“Forgotten Reminders:  Kansas World War I Memorials.” Kansas History:  A Journal of the Central Plains (special issue on Kansas and the Great War).  29:3 (Autumn 2006):  200- 215.

“Rebuilding the Outland Engine:  A New Source for The Professor’s House.” Cather Studies 6:  History, Memory, and War. Steven Trout, ed.  Lincoln, Nebraska:  University of Nebraska Press, 2006. 271-284.

“Seeing the Rattlesnake in Willa Cather’s My Ántonia.Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment.  12:1  (Winter 2005):  99-114.

“From ‘The Namesake’ to One of Ours:  Willa Cather on War.” American Literary Realism.  37:2 (Winter 2005):  117-139.

“‘The Jungle Seem[ed] for a Moment Like the Home Counties’: Revisiting  William Golding’s Lord of the Flies.” Children in War: The International Journal of Evacuee and War Child Studies.  1:2 (November 2004):  85-92. 

“‘Where Do We Go From Here?’: Ernest Hemingway’s ‘Soldier’s Home’ and American Veterans of World War I.”  The Hemingway Review.  20:1 (Fall 2000): 5-21.  (Selected for reprinting in Hemingway and War, James Meredith and Bickford Sylvester, eds., forthcoming from Kent State University Press.)

“Willa Cather’s One of Ours and the Iconography of Remembrance.” Cather Studies 4: Willa Cather’s Canadian and Old World Connections. Robert Thacker and Michael A. Peterman, eds.  Lincoln, Nebraska:  University of Nebraska Press, 1999.  187-204.

“The Imperial Editor: Language, Race, and Joseph Conrad’s Lord Jim.”   Joseph Conrad: Eastern/Western/World.  Wieslaw Krajka, ed. Lublin, Poland: East European Monographs, 1999 (Distributed by Columbia University Press).  207-221.

“‘Telling the Truth—Nearly’:  Robert Graves, Daniel Defoe, and Good-bye to All That.”  New Perspectives on Robert Graves.  Patrick J. Quinn, ed. Selinsgrove: Susquehanna University Press, 1999.  127-142.

“Christ in Flanders?:  Another Look at Rudyard Kipling’s ‘The Gardener.’”   Studies in Short Fiction.  35: 2 (Spring 1998):  169-178.

“Narratives of Encounter:  H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine and the Literature of Imperialism.”  Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies.  5:1 (Fall 1997):  35-45.

“Miniaturization and Anticlimax in Evelyn Waugh’s Sword of Honour.”  1997 Kappel Prize Winner.  Twentieth Century Literature.  43:2  (Summer 1997):  125-143.

“R.H. Mottram, the Great War, and Europa’s Beast.”  Recharting the Thirties: A Collection of Critical Essays.  Patrick J. Quinn, ed. Selinsgrove: Susquehanna University Press, 1996.  51-63.

“‘Glamorous Melancholy’:  R.C. Sherriff’s Journey’s End.”  War, Literature, and the Arts.  2:1 (Fall/Winter 1993): 1-19.

“‘Terrible Vicissitudes’: Henry Williamson’s The Patriot’s Progress.” Focus on Robert Graves and His Contemporaries.  2:1 (Spring 1993): 28-32.


Review of Bodies of War: World War I and the Politics of Commemoration in America, 1919-1933 by Lisa M. Budreau. The American Historical Review 116:5 (December, 2011): 1519-1520.

Review of Contested Objects:  Material Memories of the Great War edited by Nicholas J. Saunders and Paul Cornish.  Forthcoming in The Journal of First World War Studies.

Review of Media, Memory, and the First World War by David Williams. Modern Fiction Studies.  56:3 (Fall 2010):  666-669.

Review of The Gun and the Pen:  Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, and the Fiction of Mobilization by Keith Gandal.  War, Literature, and the Arts. 21 (2009):  426-439.

Review of the Willa Cather Scholarly Edition of Shadows on the Rock by Willa Cather.  Great Plains Quarterly. 26:1 (Winter 2006):  288.

Review of Willa Cather & Material Culture edited by Janis P. Stout.  Great Plains Quarterly. 25:4 (Fall 2005):  260.

Review of Willa Cather and the American Southwest edited by John N. Swift and Joseph R. Urgo.  New Mexico Historical Review.  79:4 (Fall 2004):  546-547.

Review of Reforming Empire: Protestant Colonialism and Conscience in British Literature by Christopher Hodgkins. The Evelyn Waugh Society
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Review of Cather Studies 5: Willa Cather’s Ecological Imagination edited  by Susan J. Rosowski.  Great Plains Quarterly.  24: 2 (Spring 2004): 131.

Review of the Willa Cather Scholarly Edition of The Professor’s House by Willa Cather. Great Plains Quarterly.  23: 3 (Summer 2003): 205-06.

Review of Doughboys, the Great War, and the Remaking of America by Jennifer D. Keene and Optimism at Armageddon: Voices of American Participants in the First World War by Mark Meigs.  American Studies.  43: 1 (Spring 2002): 194-196.

“Hervey Allen,” “Thomas Boyd,” “Arthur Guy Empey,” “Charles Yale Harrison,” “William March,” and “Laurence Stallings.”  300-500-word entries in Encyclopedia of American War Literature, Philip K. Jason and Mark A. Graves, eds.  Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2001.

Review of On Thomas Hardy: Late Essays and Earlier by Peter Widdowson.  English Literature in Transition.  42: 4 (Winter 1999): 452-455.

Review of The Ending of Epochs edited by Laurel Brake and Decadence and the Making of Modernism by David Weir.  English Literature in Transition.  40:1 (Winter 1997): 179-184.

Review of The Autobiographical Novel of Co-Consciousness: Goncharov, Woolf, and Joyce by Galya Diment.  English Literature in Transition.  39: 1 (Summer 1996):  259-263.

Review of All Quiet on the Western Front: Analysis and Cultural Context by Richard A. Firda.  War, Literature, and the Arts.  7: 1 (Summer 1995):  91-94.

Review of Merchants of Hope: English Middlebrow Writers and the First World War, 1919-1939 by Rosa Maria Bracco.  Focus on Robert Graves and His Contemporaries.  2: 3 (Spring 1995):  48-49.

Review of Wilfred Owen’s Voices: Language and Community by Douglas Kerr and The Great War and the Missing Muse: The Early Writings of Robert Graves and Siegfried Sassoon by Patrick J. Quinn.  War, Literature, and the Arts.  6: 2 (Fall/Winter 1994): 87-94.

Review of Hell’s Foundation by Geoffrey Moorhouse and The Middle Parts of Fortune by Frederic Manning.  Focus on Robert Graves and His Contemporaries.  2: 2 (Spring 1994):  48-49.