James Tackach

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James Tackach, Ph.D.Professor of English

Contact Information

x3234jtackach@rwu.eduGHH 314

Areas of Expertise

ENGLISH LITERARY STUDIES: American Literature, Ernest Hemingway, Abraham Lincoln, African American Literature.


B.A. Montclair State College M.A., Ph.D. University of Rhode Island

Like Bruce Springsteen, Professor James Tackach was born in the U.S.A. (Passaic, N.J., to be specific).  He also has a passion for American literature.  His M.A. thesis focused on the American WWI novel.  His Ph.D. dissertation focused on Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.  For the past several years, he has been especially interested in the Puritans and the American antebellum era.  He began teaching at RWU in 1979.  

Professor Tackach regularly teaches both American literature survey courses (ENG 240 and ENG 260) and has taught a variety of special topics courses, including courses on Ernest Hemingway, the Southern Literary Renaissance, the African American novel, American social protest literature, and the literature of the 1950 and 1960s.  The survey courses, which span Plymouth Rock to World War II, cover many of the major American literary figures: Anne Bradstreet, Ben Franklin, Henry David Thoreau, Frederick Douglass, Emily Dickinson, Stephen Crane, Richard Wright, Hemingway, and William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury.  Recently, he has also taught Holocaust Literature and Modern African Literature for the English major’s required Global Literature course.

His Lincoln’s Moral Vision: The Second Inaugural Address was named an Honor Book in 2003 by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, and Early Black Reformers won the National Council for the Social Studies’ Carter G. Woodson Secondary Book Award in 2004.  His most recent book is Lincoln and the Natural Environment, published in 2019.

His articles on baseball and other sports have appeared in The New York Times, The Providence Journal, Sports History, The National Pastime, Baseball Research Journal, Spitball: The Literary Baseball Magazine, and other publications.  His fishing tales have appeared in On the Water and AethlonThe Journal of Sport Literature.