William E. Orchard

Assistant Professor of English

Office: Miller Library 230 [ campus map ]
Box 5263

Fax: 207-859-5252
Mailing Address:
5263 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8852
Orchard, William E.


Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2012

Areas of Expertise

  • Latina/o literature
  • contemporary American literature
  • visual culture (especially the graphic novel)
  • theories of gender and sexuality

Current Research

Book Project:
The Pedagogy of Pictures: Latino Graphic Novels and the Politics of Representation

Edited Volume:
Forms of Engagement: Chicano Narrative Analysis in the 21st Century

Queering Motherhood in Manuel Munoz's The Faith Healer of Olive Avenue

The Making of the Mexican American Writer: Josefina Niggli's The Singing Valley

Maria Cristina Mena and the Masturbating Boy (On the Critical Limits of Mestizaje)


Co-editor. The Plays of Josefina Niggli: Recovered Landmarks of Latino Literature. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2007. (Named one of twenty eight "Best of the Best Books Published by University Presses in 2007" by the American Library Association.)
"Lost in Adaptation: Chicana History, the Cold War, and the Case of Josefina Niggli." Women's Studies Quarterly 33 (2005): 90-113.


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