Terry S. Osborne

Academic Appointments

Senior Lecturer

A Senior Lecturer in the Environmental Studies Program and the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric, as well as a writer, I’ve taught at Dartmouth since 1986. I’ve focused my teaching and writing energies on the intersections among literature, composition, the natural world, and American constructions of identity. I’ve always been interested in the role of place in humans’ (particularly Americans’) lives, and I’ve pursued this through the literature of place, or more specifically what I’ve called the “Ecological Memoir”—a kind of memoir that deliberately uses a place or environment as an active component of the story.

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  • B.A. Princeton University
  • M.A. University of Chicago

Selected Publications

  • Best Person Rural: Essays of a Sometime Farmer, by Noel Perrin. David R. Godine. 2006.

  • Sightlines: The View of a Valley through the Voice of Depression. University Press of New England. 2001.