Bill Savage Associate Professor of Instruction; WCAS Advisor
Bill Savage (Ph.D. Northwestern) teaches and conducts research in several areas: hermeneutics, especially in relation to material aspects of literary culture, from bookselling practices to book covers and how they communicate literary values; 20th Century American fiction, especially novels of the Lost and Beat Generations; popular culture, especially baseball, animation and sequential art; Chicago writers, especially Nelson Algren; and narratology. Savage co-edited the 50th Anniversary Critical Edition of Algren's The Man with the Golden Arm and the Newly Annotated Edition of Chicago: City on the Make, and has written several essays about Algren for both mainstream and scholarly publications. He is a Series Editor for Chicago Visions + Revisions, a series of nonfiction books about Chicago from the University of Chicago Press. He also co-edited and annotated, with Paul Durica, Chicago by Day and Night: The Pleasure Seeker's Guide to the Paris of America (forthcoming, NU Press, 2013), a guide to the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition.
Savage won the 2004-2005 Distinguished Teaching Award from Northwestern's School for Continuing Studies, and has been named to the Associated Student Government Faculty Honor Roll from 2001-2004; in 2006, he was awarded the James Friend Memorial Award in Literary Criticism from the Society of Midland Authors for his book reviews published in the Chicago Tribune.
A Chicago native, he lives in Rogers Park.