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Leonard Orr's Research Department of English

Leonard Orr, Ph.D.

Arts and Sciences
Phone: (360) 546-9086
Located in Multimedia (VMMC) 102W
Support Staff: Annette Bradstreet


  • Holocaust representations
  • Exile literature
  • Critical theory and history of crtiicism

About Leonard Orr

Leonard Orr, Professor of English, Washington State University Vancouver. He earned his B.A. and M.A. in English from the State University of New York at Binghamton and his Ph.D. in English from Ohio State University. He has been with Washington State University since 1991. He has taught about eighty different courses in criticism, comparative and world literatures, and British and American literature, especially Twentieth-Century. In recent years, he has developed work in the areas of Holocaust representation and literature of exile (he has received research fellowships from the Holocaust Education Foundation, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. and Yad Vashem in Jerusalem). He is the author or editor of thirteen books of literary criticism or critical theory. His most recent books are Joyce, Imperialism, and Postcolonialism (Syracuse University Press, 2008), and Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw (Continuum, 2009) and two collections of poetry, Why We Have Evening (Cherry Grove, 2010) and Timing Is Everything (Cherry Grove, 2012). He was named the Lewis E. and Stella G. Buchanan Distinguished Professor of English (2005-08).