Kay A. Yandell

Kay A. Yandell

Assoc Professor

J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences


Phone: 479-575-6002

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Since I left undergraduate study at the University of Arkansas for graduate school at Cornell University in New York, it has been my fondest hope to return to my hometown of Fayetteville, and to serve the diverse communities who comprise Northwest Arkansas, the Ozarks, and the American Mid-south. In 2013 my career dream became a reality, and I am back home among the colleagues, friends, family, and students with and for whom I hope to pursue my life's intellectual work. I feel tremendously grateful to all these groups, and for the opportunity to serve as a faculty member at the University of Arkansas.


Early and nineteenth-century American literature, with an emphasis on the technologies and literatures of American Indian women.

ENGL 2343 "Colonial and Early Romantic American Literature"

  • ENGL 5703 "Telecommunication in Nineteenth-Century American Literature"
  • ENGL 5803 "Literature by American Indian Women"

Ph.D. Cornell University

Current Book Projects:

  • Telegraphies: Indigeneity, Identity, and Nation in America’s Nineteenth-Century Virtual Realm, argues that nineteenth-century telecommunications technologies from various cultures helped users form new visions of self, community, national and geologic belonging, and the divine.

Articles and Essays:

  • “Transit and Indigeneity,” forthcoming in American Literary History.
  • “Indigenous Ritual, Girardian Sacrifice, and Sense of Place in The Last of the Mohicans and Hope Leslie,” forthcoming in The International Journal of Literary Humanities.
  • “The Moccasin Telegraph: Sign-Talk Autobiography and Pretty-shield, Medicine Woman of the Crows,” appearing in American Literature (84: 3), September 2012.  This essay received the Don D. Walker Prize for Best Essay Published in Western American Literary Studies, 2012; and the Norman Foerster Prize for Best Article Published in American Literature, second place, 2012.