University of Mississippi

True Blood

by Chris Offutt


Edited by Natalie Schroeder
First published in 1880, Moths addresses such Victorian taboos as adultery, domestic violence, and divorce in vivid and flamboyant prose. The beautiful young heroine, Vere Herbert, suffers at the hands of both her tyrannical mother and her dissipated husband, and is finally united with her beloved, a famous opera singer. Moths was Ouida’s most popular work, and its melodramatic plot, glamorous European settings, and controversial treatment of marriage make it an important, as well as a highly entertaining, example of the nineteenth-century “high society” novel. This Broadview edition includes a critical introduction and a broad range of contextual documents, including contemporary reactions to Ouida’s fiction and a selection of nineteenth-century writings on marriage, feminism, and the aristocracy.


by Tom Franklin
It’s 1911 and the townsfolk of Old Texas, Alabama, have had enough. Every Saturday night for a year, E. O. Smonk has been destroying property, killing livestock, seducing women, cheating and beating men, all from behind the twin barrels of his Winchester 45-70 caliber over-and-under rifle. Syphilitic, consumptive, gouty, and goitered—an expert with explosives and knives—Smonk hates horses, goats, and the Irish, and it’s high time he was stopped. But capturing old Smonk won’t be easy—and putting him on trial could have shocking and disastrous consequences, considering the terrible secret the citizens of Old Texas are hiding.

Ethel Young-Scurlock

Dr. Young-Scurlock is the Senior Fellow at the Lucky Day Residential College.


  • PhD. Bowling Green State University, English (1997)
  • M.A. Bowling Green State University, English (1992)
  • B.A. University of Tennessee, English (1990)

Selected Publications

  • “Reading Religion in African American Narratives” in Southern Literary Journal, Fall 2008.
  • What the Wine Sellers Buy, Plus Three, Ron Milner. A Review. African American Review (forthcoming).
  • “Performing Pedagogies: Transgressing Identity in the African American Literature Classroom.” Radical Teacher (forthcoming).
  • “Fighting Words, Patricia Hill Collins: Review.” Women’s Studies International Forum (2000).
  • “Listening for God: A Minister’s Journey Through Silence and Self Doubt, Renita Weems. Review Essay.” College Language Association Journal (1999).

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Josh Weil


Josh Weil was born in the Appalachian Mountains of rural Virginia to which he returned to write the novellas in his first book, The New Valley.

A New York Times Editors Choice, The New Valley won the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from The American Academy of Arts and Letters; the New Writers Award from the GLCA; a “5 Under 35” Award from the National Book Foundation; and was shortlisted for the Library of Virginia’s literary award in fiction.  Weil’s other fiction has appeared in such publications asGranta, One Story and Agni, and he has written non-fiction for The New York Times, Oxford American, and Poets & Writers.  The recipient of fellowships and awards from the Fulbright Foundation, the Dana Foundation, the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences, the James Merrill House, and the MacDowell Colony, he has taught at Bowling Green State University as the Distinguished Visiting Writer and been the Tickner Writer-in-Residence at Gilman School.

Currently living and teaching in Oxford, MS, as the University of Mississippi’s John & Rene Grisham Emerging Southern Writer, he is at work on a novel.

Selected Publications

  • The New Valley (2009)

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Jay Watson


J. Watson 1:13:15Howry Professor of Faulkner Studies Jay Watson, a native of Athens, Georgia, received his B.A. degree from the University of Georgia (1983) and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University (1985, 1989). He joined the English department in 1989 and was promoted to Professor of English in 2007. During the 2002-2003 academic year he served as Visiting Fulbright Professor of American Studies at the University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University in Turku, Finland, and he has since been honored with the UM Faculty Achievement Award (2012), the UM Liberal Arts Professor of the Year award (2014), and the UM Humanities Teacher of the Year award (2014), and in 2013 he was a finalist for the Southeastern Conference Professor of the Year Award. His publications include two monographs, Forensic Fictions: The Lawyer Figure in Faulkner (U of Georgia P, 1993) and Reading for the Body: The Recalcitrant Materiality of Southern Fiction, 1893-1985 (U of Georgia P, 2012), and seven edited or coedited collections: Conversations with Larry Brown (UP of Mississippi, 2007), Faulkner and Whiteness (UP of Mississippi, 2011), Faulkner’s Geographies (UP of Mississippi, 2015), Fifty Years after Faulkner (UP of Mississippi, 2015), Faulkner and the Black Literatures of the Americas (UP of Mississippi, 2016), Faulkner and History (UP of Mississippi, 2017), and Faulkner and Print Culture (UP of Mississippi, 2017).  His articles on southern literature and film, law and humanities, and psychoanalytic theory have appeared or will appear in PMLA, American QuarterlyAmerican Literature, Modern Fiction Studies, American ImagoMississippi Quarterly, Southern Quarterly, The Faulkner Journal, The Flannery O’Connor Review, The Cormac McCarthy Journal, and numerous other journals and essay collections, including American Cinema and the Southern Imaginary, Faulkner and the Media Ecology, The Cambridge Companion to American Fiction after 1945, William Faulkner in Context, Larry Brown and the Blue-Collar South, Approaches to Teaching the Works of Cormac McCarthy, and the Cambridge History of the Literature of the U.S. South. He was a co-founder and, from 1995 to 2000, co-editor of Journal x: A Journal in Culture and Criticism.  From 2009 to 2012 he served as President of the William Faulkner Society, and since 2012 he has directed the annual Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha conference at the University of Mississippi.  He and his wife, Susan, have two children, Katherine and Judson.


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Annette Trefzer

Annette Trefzer teaches American literature and literary theory. She is the author of Disturbing Indians: The Archaeology of Southern Fiction (UP of Alabama, 2007) and the co-editor with Ann J. Abadie of several volumes of critical essays on William Faulkner including: Global Faulkner (2009), Faulkner’s Sexualities (2010), Faulkner: The Returns of the Text (forthcoming) and Faulkner and Mystery (forthcoming). She is the co-editor with Kathryn McKee of a special issue of American Literature : “Global Contexts, Local Literatures: The New Southern Studies” (Dec. 2006). She is a founding member of the Interdisciplinary Faculty Working Group on the Global South dedicated to new research in Global South studies. As Graduate Director of the Department of English, she teaches “Introduction to Graduate Studies,” a course which focuses on the history of the profession, its theoretical and institutional contours, and various critical and theoretical approaches. She also teaches courses in Literary Theory, American and Native American literature, and Southern literature.


  • Ph.D., Tulane University (1992)
  • M.A., Tulane University (1985)
  • Magister, Universität Hamburg, Germany (1985)
  • B.A., Wirtschaftsgymnasium Hamburg-Harburg, Germany (1982)

Teaching and Research Interests

  • American Literature
  • Literary Theory and Methodology
  • Global South Studies and Southern Literature
  • Minority Literatures: Native American Literature and African American Literature

Selected Publications

  • Transculturations: Ethnographic Fictions in the Global South, in progress
  • Faulkner and Mystery. Ed. Annette Trefzer and Ann J. Abadie. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, forthcoming 2010.
  • Faulkner: The Returns of the Text. Ed. Annette Trefzer and Ann J. Abadie. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 2010
  • Global Faulkner. Ed. Annette Trefzer and Ann J. Abadie. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2009.
  • “Andrew Lytle’s Conquest Narratives.” The Sea is History: Exploring the Atlantic. Ed. Carmen Birkle and Nicole Waller. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2009.
  • “Southern American Indian Literature.” The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture.Vol. 9. Literature. Ed. James G. Thomas. University Press of Mississippi, forthcoming.
  • “On Postmodern Self-Positioning: Teaching Zora Neale Hurston’s Tell My Horse.”Approaches to Teaching Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God and Other Works.Ed. John Lowe. MLA, 2009.
  • Disturbing Indians: The Archaeology of Southern Fiction. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2007.
  • “Global Contexts, Local Literatures: The New Southern Studies.” Special issue ofAmerican Literature 78.4. December 2006. Ed. Annette Trefzer and Kathryn McKee.
  • “Preface: Global Contexts, Local Literatures: The New Southern Studies.” American Literature 78.4 (December 2006): 677-690.
  • “The U.S. South in Global Contexts: A Collection of Position Statements.” American Literature 78.4 (December 2006): 691-92.
  • Journal X: A Journal in Culture and Criticism, University of Mississippi, 2001-2004. Ed. Annette Trefzer and Karen Raber.
  • “Imperial Discourses in Caroline Gordon’s Green Centuries.” Mississippi Quarterly 57.1 (Winter 2003- 2004). Special Issue: Postcolonial Theory, the U.S. South and New World Studies. 113-122.
  • “Tracing the Natchez Trace: Native Americans and National Anxieties in Eudora Welty’s ‘First Love.'” The Mississippi Quarterly 55.3 (Summer 2002): 419-440.
  • “Postcolonial Displacements in Faulkner’s Indian Stories of the 1930s.” Faulkner in the 21st Century. Eds. Robert Hamblin and Don Kartiganer. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 2002. 68-88.
  • “Possessing the Self: Caribbean Identity in Zora Neale Hurston’s Tell My Horse.”African-American Review 34.2 (Summer 2000): 299-312.

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Beth Spencer


  • M.F.A., Poetry, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • M.A., English, University of Mississippi
  • B.A., English, University of Mississippi


  • Poetry most recently published in Avocet: A Journal of Nature PoemsThe ArdenThe Arkansas ReviewISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment and The Red River Review.

Selected Conference Presentations

  • January 2009. “An Invitation to a Global Community: Using Image, Text and Dialogue to Teach Social Justice Issues.” College English Association Conference, Savannah, Georgia.
  • September 2007: Southern Women Writers Conference, Rome, Georgia. Read selected poems for the panel entitled: Poets from the Deep South.

Selected Honors and Awards

  • Artist Fellowship, The Hambidge Center for the Arts and Sciences, 2009
  • CSU Internationalization Grant Award, 2008
  • Outstanding Teacher of Writing Award, Nominee, Columbus State University, 2008.
  • Creswell Hall Recognition for Excellence in Teaching, University of Georgia, 2006.
  • Artist Fellowship, The Hambidge Center for the Arts and Sciences, 2005.
  • The Pushcart Prize in Poetry, Nominee, for “The High Yellow Room,” 2002.

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Jason Solinger


Jason Solinger specializes in the literature and culture of the long eighteenth century. His research interests include the early novel, the politics of taste, masculinity studies and
the history of criticism. Professor Solinger has published articles on such topics and authors as eighteenth-century journalism, Alexander Pope and Jane Austen. His book, Becoming the Gentleman, part of Palgrave Macmillan’s Global Masculinities series, explains why men and women in the eighteenth century were haunted by the question of what it meant to be a gentleman. He is currently at work on a new book on geographical and cultural insularity.



  • Ph.D., Brown University, 2004
  • M.A., San Diego State University, 1996
  • B.S., Cornell University, 1993

Selected Publications

  • Becoming the Gentleman: British Literature and the Invention of Modern Masculinity, 1660-1815 (New York: Palgrave, 2012)
  • “Thomas Paine’s Continental Mind,” Early American Literature 45 (2010): 593-617
  • “Eighteenth-Century Journalism,” The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature, Ed. David Scott Kastan, Oxford UP, 2006
  • “Jane Austen and the Gentrification of Commerce,” NOVEL 38 (2005): 272-90
  • “The Politics of Alexander Pope’s Urbanity,” Genre 36.1-2 (2003): 47-79

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