Southern literature and culture, 20th century American literature, African-American literature, psychoanalytical theory, cultural studies.
- The Multicultural South
- Introduction to Literature
- Southern Ecologies
- Minds of Modernism
- Limits of Abundance: The Literature of the Great Depression
- Southern Memoir and Autobiography
- Studies in Literary Criticism and Theory: Memory, Trauma, and Testimony
- Survey of Modern American Literature
- The Twentieth-Century Southern Novel
- The Many American Souths
- The Reel South
- The Southern Gothic
- The Pop South
- Composition I (online)
- World Literature II (online)
- Introduction to Southern Studies
- Southern Ecologies
- The South and Sexuality
- History and Memory in American Literature
- Introduction to Graduate Studies
- MA Portfolio
Ph.D. Boston University
M.A. Boston University
B.A. Wellesley College
Possessing the Past: Trauma, Imagination, and Memory in Post-Plantation Southern Literature. LSU Press, 2015.
Small-Screen Souths: Region, Identity, and the Cultural Politics of Television. Ed. with Gina Caison and Stephanie Rountree. LSU Press, 2017. Honorable mention, C. Hugh Holman Prize, 2018.
"Literature of the Nineteenth-Century South." With Michael Pitts. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature. (literature.oxford.com)
“‘A Curious Study’: The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man, Pedagogy, and the Post-Plantation Southern Imagination." African American Review. 48.1-2 (Spring/Summer 2015). 175-189.
“Trauma Studies and the Literature of the U.S. South.” Literature Compass 10.8 (2013). 605-617.
“The Good Neighbor: Robert Frost and the Ethics of Community.” Co-authored with Sean Dempsey. The Robert Frost Review. Fall/Winter 2011. No. 21. 8-23.
“Economies of Desire and the Feminine Sublime in Elizabeth Madox Roberts’ The Time of Man.” Special issue on “The South and the Sublime.” The Southern Quarterly 48.3. Spring 2011. 34-52.
“‘I Can’t Believe It Was Really Real’: Violence, Vietnam, and Bringing War Home in Bobbie Ann Mason’s In Country.” The Southern Literary Journal. (Special Issue on History, Memory, and Mourning). 40.2. Spring 2008. 232-248.
“A Defensive Eye: Anxiety, Fear and Form in the Poetry of Robert Frost.” Journal of Modern Literature. 31.3. Spring 2008. 44-57.
“A History That Has No Place: Trauma and Temple Drake in Faulkner’s Sanctuary.” in Etudes Faulknériennes. Volume 4: Misrecognition, Race and the Real in Faulkner’s Fiction. Ed. Michael Zeitlin, André Bleikasten, Nicole Moulinoux. Presses Universitaires de Rennes. 2004. 127-141.
Chapters in Edited Collections
“Stuck in Place: Affect, Atmosphere, and the Appalachian World of Ann Pancake.” Ecocrticism and the Future of Southern Studies. Ed. Zackary Vernon. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State UP, 2019. 23-37.
“Introduction: The Televisual South.” With Gina Caison and Stephanie Rountree. Small-Screen Souths: Region, Identity, and the Cultural Politics of Television. LSU Press, Fall 2017.
“The Cinematic South.” With Daniel Cross Turner. Chapter for The Routledge Handbook of the American South. Ed. Maggi Morehouse, 2017. 177-190.
“The Situated Self: Regional Belonging and the Autobiographical Impulse.” A Literary History of Mississippi. Ed. Lorie Watkins Fulton. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2017. 247-264.
“Contemporary Black Writing and Southern Social Belonging Beyond the Faulknerian Shadow of Loss.” Faulkner and the Black Literatures of the Americas (Faulkner and Yoknapatwpha Series). Ed. Jay Watson and James G. Thomas, Jr. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2016. 207-218.
“Literature of the Delta.” Defining the Delta: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on the Lower Mississippi River Delta. Ed. Janelle M. Collins. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 2015. 271-282.
“Writing Past Trauma: Faulkner and the American Gothic.” William Faulkner in Context. Ed. John T. Matthews. New York and Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015. 219-230.
“Consuming Memories: The Embodied Politics of Remembering in Vietnamese American Literature of the U.S. South.” Writing in the Kitchen: Essays on Southern Foodways and Literature. Eds. David A. Davis and Tara Powell. Forward by Jessica B. Harris. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2014. 179-195.
“Open Spaces, Open Secrets: Sanctuary’s Mysterious ‘Something.’” Faulkner and Mystery (Faulkner and Yoknapatwpha Series). Eds. Annette Trefzer and Ann Abadie. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2014. 162-177.
“Enchanting Ghosts: Memory and Magical Thinking in Beloved and As I Lay Dying.” Faulkner and Morrison. Eds. Robert Hamblin and Christopher Rieger. Cape Girardeau, MO: Southeast Missouri State University Press, 2013. 72-96. (Chinese translation by Wu Han UP forthcoming.)
“Canadian Crossings: Exploring the Borders of Race and Class in Courtney Hunt’s Frozen River.” Blue Collar Pop Culture. Vol I. Ed. M. Keith Booker. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Publishers, 2012. 55-68.
“An Appetite for Language: Introducing Monique Truong.” North Carolina Literary Review Online. Winter 2015. 23-25. (http://www.nclr.ecu.edu/issues/nclr-online.html)
“‘Memory Believes Before Knowing Remembers’: Teaching Faulkner and Memory Studies.” Teaching Faulkner Newsletter. No. 28. Fall 2010. Center for Faulkner Studies, Southeast Missouri State University. 1-6.
“The Southern Novel.” Co-authored with John T. Matthews. The Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century American Fiction. (Volume II) Ed. Patrick O’Donnell. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. 835-840.
Hidden Pleasures: Intimacy in Southern Spaces. (Book project)
“The Architecture of Otherness: Racial Knowledge, Space and Place in Worth Tuttle Hedden’s The Other Room.” (Essay)
“Ann Pancake’s Strange Southern Weather and the Dirtiness of Disappearance.” Ecocriticism and the Future of Southern Studies. Ed. Zachary Vernon. (Essay)
Manuscript Reviewer for PMLA, 2012—; Mississippi Quarterly, 2013--, College Literature, 2010—; Papers on Language and Literature, 2011—; Contemporary Literature, Fall 2011—, Food and Foodways, 2015—, LSU Press, 2015—; Southern Cultures, 2016--, American Literary History, 2016--, Southern Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of the South, 2016--, Twentieth Century Literature, 2016-, Comparative Literature, 2016--
Volume Advisor, Shiloh and Other Stories by Bobbie Ann Mason for the Short Story Criticism: Criticism of the Works of Short Fiction Writers. Vol. 193. Lawrence J. Trudeau, Ed. Detroit: GALE / CENGAGE Learning, 2014. 255-344.
Volume Advisor, Elizabeth Madox Roberts for Children’s Literature Review. Detroit: GALE / CENGAGE Learning, 2016.
Mentor, Emerging Scholars Organization, Society for the Study of Southern Literature, 2014—
Program Committee for 2014 Conference, Society for the Study of Southern Literature, 2012-2014
Executive Committee of the MLA Discussion Group on Southern Literature, 2010-2014, 2016---
Holman Prize Committee for the Best Book in Southern Literature (Society for the Study of Southern Literature), 2012
Member, Executive Council of the Society for the Study of Southern Literature (elected by SSSL membership), 2009-May 2012
President, Arkansas Philological Association, Fall 2011-2012
Vice President, Arkansas Philological Association, Fall 2010-Fall 2011
Program Chair, Arkansas Philological Association Conference. Fayetteville, AR. October 7-9, 2010.
Book review editor for H-Southern Lit listserv (H-Net), 2007-Jan 2010
Golden Tusk Award, 2016
Blair Center Summer Faculty Fellowship, Summer 2017 ($2500)
ARSC Seed Funding Grant, 2016 ($3262)
Participant, The New School Institute for Critical Social Inquiry, Seminar with Judith Butler, “Freud to Klein: Death Drive, Pleasure, Ethics.” June 2016.
Mentor Award, Honors College ($1000), 2016
Provost Research Travel Grant, 2015
Nomination, Rising Teacher Award, University of Arkansas, 2015
Nomination, “Most Outstanding Faculty Member,” University of Arkansas, 2015
Robert C. and Sandra Connor Endowed Faculty Fellowship, 2013 ($1500)
University of Arkansas Blair Center for Southern Culture and Politics Stipend, 2013 ($2000)
University of Arkansas Expanded Summer Research Stipend Award, 2012 ($7000)
Participant, Cornell School of Theory and Criticism, Summer 2011. (Kathryn Bond Stockton, “Sexuality and Childhood in a Global Frame: Queer Theory and Beyond.”)
Participant, National Humanities Center Institute in Literary Studies (“Five by Five” with Professor Louis Menand, Harvard University), July 2010 ($1500 stipend)
Participant, American Antiquarian Society Summer Seminar on the Global South, June 2010
Mentor Award, Honors College, University of Arkansas, 2011-2012
Outstanding Faculty Nominee, University of Arkansas (Student Alumni Board), 2010
University of Arkansas New Faculty Commendation for Teaching Commitment, 2009