MSUToday
Published: April 15, 2011

Faculty conversations: Gary Hoppenstand

Contact(s): Meghan Spork University Relations Student Writer cell: (248) 250-3743 meghan.spork@ur.msu.edu

Gary Hoppenstand is passionate about teaching literature.

“I truly believe that one of the most vibrant and exciting areas of literature is young adult literature,” Hoppenstand said. “Students are so knowledgeable, so interested and so excited.”

As a professor in the Department of English and as the editor of the Journal of Popular Culture, he teaches courses pertaining to popular culture studies, such as young adult literature and popular literature.

Hoppenstand is currently working on three books simultaneously. The first examines the literary origins of the comic superhero. He is also contributing to a Penguin Classics edition of “The African Millionaire” and working on a book that delves into the theory and history of popular culture studies in America.

Hoppenstand said the best part of his job is working with students, and his colleagues are a close second.

“East Lansing is fortunate to have so many brilliant people,” he said. “In the English department and the College of Arts and Letters, we have some truly exceptional faculty here.”

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Gary Hoppenstand, professor in the Department of English and editor of the Journal of Popular Culture, talks about his experience in the classroom and his current projects.

Gary Hoppenstand, professor in the Department of English and editor of the Journal of Popular Culture, talks about his experience in the classroom and his current projects.

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