Rai Peterson

Rai Peterson

Associate Professor of English

Curriculum Vitae


Room:Rb 2110

Rai Peterson teaches courses in Modernism, poetics, pedagogy, American literature, queer theory, and book arts. Her scholarly work focuses on American writers between the World Wars. She is writing a biography of Solita Solano. As a result of immersive learning projects, she also writes about Kurt Vonnegut and Sylvia Plath and secures grant funding for Book Arts Collaborative, a community letterpress and hand-sewn book-binding facility in the Madjax Building in downtown Muncie.

Professional Experience

Associate Professor


Assistant Professor


Instructor of English


Curriculum Vitae

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Ph.D. in English

Ball State University, 1991

M.A. in English

Ball State University, 1982

B.A. in English

Buena Vista College, 1981

Research and Publications

  • “The Young and Evil: Charles Henri Ford and Parker Tyler, E. E. Cummings’ Sassy Gay Friends.” Spring: The Journal of the E. E. Cummings Society. (Spring 2016), 182-99.
  • “The Wild Irish Swan in Kay Boyle’s ‘The Bridegroom’s Body.” The Journal of Women’s Studies. 45:4 (2016), 370-79.
  • “Parallax: Nancy Cunard’s Knowing Response to T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land.” Studies in the Humanities. 41:1-2 (Autumn 2014) 100-119.
  • “Low Rank, High Brow: The ‘Adolescent’ War Writing of E. E. Cummings and Kurt Vonnegut.” Spring: The Journal of the E. E. Cummings Society. 20 (Autumn 2013) 82-95.
  • “’An efficiency, a great beauty’: Sylvia Plath’s Ariel Titles.” Plath Profiles. 6 (Summer 2013).
  • “Red, White, and Boyle.” Revue Électronique d’Études sure le Monde Anglophone. 10.1 (Spring 2013).

Course Schedule
Course No. Section Times Days Location
Intro Queer Lit Quee 217 1 1200 - 1250 M W F RB, room 107
Immersive Learning i 375 002 1830 - 2110 M TBD, room TBD
Studies in Literary 421 01 1400 - 1450 M W F RB, room 284