David Tagnani, Ph.D.

Lecturer of English

I’m an ecocritic who specializes in American literature of the past two centuries. The classes I teach usually focus on the role of the non-human world in literature and in students’ lives. I ask students to evaluate their preexisting ideas...

Contact Information

  • English Annex, Room 101
  • Spring 2018
    Monday: 3:10 p.m.-4 p.m.
    Tuesday: 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
    Wednesday: 3:10 p.m.-4 p.m.
    Thursday: 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
    Friday: 3:10 p.m.-4 p.m.

  • 509-313-3682

Education & Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D., Washington State University

M.A., Eastern Washington University

B.A., Pennsylvania State University

Courses Taught

ENG 101: Ecocomposition

ENG 102: Introduction to Literature

ENG 105: The Changing Nature of Nature

ENG 201: Studies in Poetry


I’m an ecocritic who specializes in American literature of the past two centuries. The classes I teach usually focus on the role of the non-human world in literature and in students’ lives. I ask students to evaluate their preexisting ideas about “nature” by introducing them to an array of ways of perceiving and valuing non-human nature and by analyzing the influence of place in their lives.

Scholarly Publications

“Toward a Material Jeffers: Mysticism and the New Materialism,” Ecopoetics: Global Poetries and Ecologies. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington, 2018. (forthcoming)

“Materialism, Mysticism, and Ecocriticism,” English Language Notes 55.1 (forthcoming 2017)

“New Materialism, Ecomysticism, and the Resolution of Paradox in Edward Abbey,” Western American Literature 50.4 (2016)

“Identity, Anthropocentrism, and Ecocentrism in John Clare’s ‘To an Insignificant Flower,’” The Explicator 72.1 (2014)

“American Literature Association Convention, Boston,” ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance 60:1 (2014 – co-authored)

Reviews of Dark Green Religion by Bron Taylor and Return to Nature? by Fred Dallmayr, Journal of Ecocriticism 4.2 (2012)

Interview with Chris Arigo, Journal of Ecocriticism, 4.1 (2012)

“Reading with the Stars—Teaching with the Highbrow Annotation Browser,” The Chronicle of Higher Education (6 Dec 2011 – co-authored with Augusta Rohrbach)

Review of Wolves and the Wolf Myth in American Literature by S.K. Robisch, The Rocky Mountain Review 64.2 (2010)

Review of Romanticism, Literature and Philosophy: Expressive Rationality in Rousseau, Kant, Wollstonecraft and Contemporary Theory by Simon Swift, The Rocky Mountain Review 63.2 (2009)

Other Publications

Poem, “Grave Flowers” in Southern Poetry Review (2016)

Poem, “The Sound Came out of the Woods” in Railtown Almanac, an anthology of Spokane poets (2014)

Poem, “Huckleberrying” in Kudzu House Quarterly 4.1 (Summer 2014); nominated for the Sundress Best of the Net anthology

Poems, “A Drought Abates,” “The Nature of Craft,” “Bitterroot Divide,” “Predator and Prey,” and “The Water Cycle” in Wilderness House Literary Review (Spring 2014)

Poems, “Mirror Lake” and “Waves” in Written River: A Journal of Eco-Poetics (Summer 2013)

Poem, “Tucannon River” in Camas: The Nature of the West (Winter 2011)

Out There Monthly magazine articles:

  • 2008: August, “Two Quick-Fixes in the East Cascades”; November, Wilderness Pleasures: A Practical Guide to Camping Bliss book review
  • 2007: August, “Quick-Fix Car Camping,” “Group Opposes Extensive Herbicide Use,” “Idaho Bike Shop Robbed,” “The East Side of Glacier Park”; September, “Free IMBA Trail Building Workshop,” “Mountains Extend Ski Week”; October, Don’t Forget the Duct Tape book review.
  • 2006: February, “Caribou Mountain Lodge”; March, “Columbia Plateau Trail”; June, “Sailing Lake Coeur d’Alene.”
  • 2005: August, “Lands Council Mining Project”

TV Guide Magazine and TVGuide.com: reviews, articles, and listings published weekly in the magazine and on the website from 1999-2001