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.