Education: BA, Wheaton College, 1981; MA, PhD, Northwestern University, 1985. At SPU since 1987.
Specialties: American literature, literary criticism, expository writing
Mark Walhout was born, raised, and educated in northern Illinois. While his fondness for Chicago is undiminished, he is delighted to be living and working in Seattle. He is married with two children.
Dr. Walhout’s fields of study include American literature as well as literary and cultural criticism. His current interests include post 9/11 fiction, as well as the life of Jesus in modern and contemporary fiction (what Theodore Ziolkowski called “fictionalized biographies of Jesus”). His book reviews appear periodically in Books and Culture.
- “Sealed Eyes and Phantom Lovers: The First Line of ‘A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal.’” The Wordsworth Circle 39 (2008).
- “Liberal Saintliness in William and Henry James.” There Before Us: Religion, Literature, and Culture from Emerson to Wendell Berry. Ed. Roger Lundin. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2006.
- Literature and the Renewal of the Public Sphere. Co-edited with Susan VanZanten Gallagher. London: Macmillan and New York: St. Martin's, 2000.
- “F. O. Matthiessen and the Future of American Studies,” Prospects 22 (1997).
- “Beyond the Wars of Religion: How Teaching the Conflicts Can Desecularize American Education,” Profession (1996): 139-45. With a reply by Gerald Graff.
- “The Intifada of the Intellectuals: An Ecumenical Perspective on the Walzer-Said Exchange.” Postcolonial Literature and the Biblical Call for Justice. Ed. Susan VanZanten Gallagher. Oxford: U of Mississippi P, 1994. Reprinted in Edward Said. Ed. Patrick Williams. 4 vols. London: Sage, 2000.