Dr. John Brick

Dr. John BrickMarquette University

Marquette Hall, 008N

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America

Teaching Assistant Professor


My research and teaching interests grow primarily out of the American literary nonfiction of the 20th century, particularly its war correspondence, political reporting, and the experimental blends of fictional tools with conventional reporting broadly construed as New Journalism.  Examining this particular field of nonfiction, within the larger arcs of American literary work as well as its exchanges of influence with global nonfictions, presents an endlessly rich vein for scholarly work in both traditional literary inquiry and the creative classroom.

I recently completed a comprehensive annotated variorum of Hunter S. Thompson’s 1971 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream, which incorporates hitherto-unknown archival finds with conventional annotations to present the first study of a major Thompson work whose composition is examined with this degree of granularity.  The result — the centerpiece of my dissertation — urges a view of Gonzo beyond its narrow metonymic association with Thompson: as a vibrant and relevant form with deep historical roots and an emerging global presence.  My latest scholarly turns have plunging back into archives again; I am presently investigating the phenomenon of South American newspapers run and staffed by North American expats and tracking down early literary accounts of the sport of hurling to examine their role in promoting Irish nationalism in the late 1800s.

I earned my Ph.D. in 2022 and my MA in English in 2013 from Marquette, my MFA in creative writing from Chatham University in 2011, and my BA in English and Theology in 2008 from St. Mary’s College of Orchard Lake, Madonna University.

Courses Taught

  • Foundations in Rhetoric
  • Books That Matter (Nonfiction)
  • Introduction to Creative Writing

Research Interests

  • Literary Journalism
  • Twentieth-Century American New Journalism
  • Archival study, curation, and preservation
  • Gonzo
  • First-year writing and pedagogy

Additional Information

Office Hours

Spring 2023

  • Tues 12:30-1:30
  • Wed 10:00-12:00

Teaching Schedule

Spring 2023

  • 1001/117 TuTh 11:00-12:15 Lalumiere Hall 384
    • Foundations in Rhetoric
  • 1001/122 TuTh 2:00-3:15 Lalumiere Hall 384
    • Foundations in Rhetoric
  • 1001/123 TuTh 9:30-10:45 Lalumiere Hall 384
    • Foundations in Rhetoric
  • 3240/105 TuTh 8:00-9:15 Lalumiere Hall 384
    • Introduction to Creative Writing

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