Joe Weixlmann served as SLU's Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences (2001-2002), then as the University's Provost (2002-2009), before returning to the English faculty. Between 1976 and 2004, he edited the quarterly journal African American Review and received the 2005 Distinguished Editor Award from the Conference of Editors of Learned Journals in recognition of that work. In 2008, he was named a Distinguished Alumnus of Canisius College. Weixlmann has received grants from the NEH, NEA, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund, among others.
A.B. Canisius College (1968)
M.A. Kansas State University (1970)
Ph.D. Kansas State University (1973)
TEACHING & RESEARCH INTERESTS
African American Literature and Culture, Contemporary American Fiction, Bibliography
Conversations with Percival Everett. Ed. with an introduction, chronology, list of books, and key resources page. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, forthcoming in 2013.
Black Feminist Literature and Literary Theory. Studies in Black American Literature 3. Ed. with Houston A. Baker, Jr. Greenwood: Penkevill, 1988.
Belief versus Theory in Black American Literary Criticism. Studies in Black American Literature 2. Ed. with Chester J. Fontenot. Greenwood: Penkevill, 1986.
Black American Prose Theory. Studies in Black American Literature 1. Ed. with Chester J. Fontenot. Greenwood: Penkevill, 1984.
American Short-Fiction Criticism and Scholarship, 1959-1977: A Checklist. Athens: Swallow P of the Ohio UP, 1982.
John Barth: A Descriptive Primary and Annotated Secondary Bibliography, Including a Descriptive Catalog of Manuscript Holdings in United States Libraries. New York and London: Garland, 1976.
"Clarence Major's Singing Voice(s)." Clarence Major and His Art: Portraits of an African American Postmodernist. Ed. Bernard Bell. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P, 2000. 243-63.
"African American Deconstruction of the Novel in the Work of Ishmael Reed and Clarence Major." MELUS 17.4 (1992): 57-79.
"Dealing with the Demands of an Expanding Literary Canon." College English 50.3 (1988): 273-83.
"Culture Clash, Survival, and Trans-Formation: A Study of Some Innovative Afro-American Novels of Detection." Mississippi Quarterly 38.1 (1984-85): 21-31.
"Ishmael Reed's Raven." Review of Contemporary Fiction 4.2 (1984): 205-08.
"The Changing Shape(s) of the Contemporary Afro-American Novel." Black American Prose Theory. Studies in Black American Literature 1. Ed. Weixlmann and Chester J. Fontenot. Greenwood: Penkevill, 1984. 111-28.
"The Dream Turned 'Daymare': Barry Beckham's Runner Mack." MELUS 8.4 (1981): 93-103.
"Politics, Piracy, and Other Games: Slavery and Liberation in Flight to Canada." MELUS 6.3 (1979): 41-50.
"Barth and Barthelme Recycle the Perseus Myth: A Study in Literary Ecology." With Sher Weixlmann. Modern Fiction Studies 25.2 (1979): 191-207.
"Black Portraiture on the Eighteenth-Century American Stage: Addenda." Analytical & Enumerative Bibliography 1.3 (1977): 203-06.
" '. . . such a devotee of Venus is our Capt . . .': The Use and Abuse of Smith's Generall Historie in John Barth's The Sot-Weed Factor." Studies in American Humor 2.2 (1975): 105-15.