Lawrence Beemer

Office: English, Hamilton Smith Hall Rm 1, Durham, NH 03824

Dr. Lawrence Beemer studied at SUNY Purchase and New Paltz before completing is Ph.D. in 20th Century American Literature and Critical Theory at Ohio University. His dissertation examined the complex and protracted narrative structure of American Superhero comics. His essay, “Superhero Comic Book Narrative and Continuity: From Freytag’s Pyramid to The Sierpinski Triangle,” appeared in the International Journal of Comic Art. Since joining the faculty at UNH, Dr. Beemer has frequently taught composition and developed courses focusing on Science Fiction, Horror, and Crime Fiction.

Courses Taught

  • ENGL 401: First-Year Writing
  • ENGL 401H: Honors/First-Year Writing
  • ENGL 444N: Monsters!!!
  • ENGL 503: Persuasive Writing
  • ENGL 516W: American Lit II Money
  • ENGL 555: Science Fiction
  • ENGL 655: Comics and Graphic Narrative


  • Ph.D., English, Ohio University
  • M.A., State University of New York at New Paltz
  • B.A., State University of New York at Purchase

Research Interests

  • Composition
  • Crime
  • Critical approaches to popular culture
  • Graphic narratives and comics
  • Post-structural narrative analysis
  • Science fiction