Egan, Ken, Jr. 1956-

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Egan, Ken, Jr. 1956-


Born June 6, 1956, in Polson, MT; son of Ken, Sr., and Jean Terese Egan; married Terry Ann Dutton (a nutrition educator), December 27, 1975; children: Devin Michael, Brian Ross. Education: University of Montana, B.A. (with high honors), 1978; University of Wisconsin—Madison, M.A. (with distinction), 1979, Ph.D., 1984.


Home—Springfield, MO. Office— Department of English, Drury University, Springfield, MO 65802. E-mail—[email protected].


Writer. Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT, visiting assistant professor of American literature, 1984-85; Rocky Mountain College, Billings, MT, began as assistant professor, became professor of English, 1985-2002; Drury University, Springfield, MO, professor of English and department chair, 2002—. Fulbright lecturer at University of Athens, 1992, and Comenius University, 1999; conference and seminar presenter; public speaker; guest on media programs. Montana Committee for the Humanities, board member, 1989-92. Guardianship Council (for destitute senior citizens), board member, 1997-2000.


American Studies Association, Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, PEN USA, Western Literature Association, Fulbright Association.


Burlington Northern faculty achievement award, 1987; Carl Bode Award, Journal of American Culture, 1987, for a journal article; Sears- Roebuck Campus Leadership and Teaching Excellence award, 1990; United Methodist Teaching Award, 1993, 1998.


The Riven Home: Narrative Rivalry in the American Renaissance, Associated University Presses (Cranbury, NJ), 1997.

(Coeditor) Writers under the Rims: A Yellowstone County Anthology, Parmly Billings Library Foundation (Billings, MT), 2001.

Hope and Dread in Montana Literature, University of Nevada Press (Reno, NV), 2003.

Contributor to books, including Western Futures, University of Nevada Press (Reno, NV), 1999; and Fifty Years after "The Big Sky": New Perspectives on the Fiction and Films of A.B. Guthrie, Jr., Montana Historical Society Press, 2001. Contributor of articles and reviews to periodicals, including Western Humanities Review, Studies in the Novel, Weber Studies, Humanities Education, Journal of American Culture, American Transcendental Quarterly, Studies in Short Fiction, Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, and ESQ: Journal of the American Renaissance. Editor, Montana English Journal, 1986-87; book review editor, Montana Professor, 2001-02. Member of editorial board, Yellowstone County Anthology, 2000-01.



Oregon Historical Quarterly, summer, 2004, Rick Newby, review of Hope and Dread in Montana Literature, p. 339.