University of Mississippi

Donald Kartiganer

Howry Professor of Faulkner Studies Emeritus


  • Ph.D., Brown University (1960-64)
  • M.A., Columbia University (1959-60)
  • B.A., Brown University (1955-59)

Authored Book

  • The Fragile Thread: The Meaning of Form in Faulkner’s Novels (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1979).

Coedited Books

  • Theories of American Literature (New York: The Macmillan Co., 1972).
  • Faulkner and Psychology (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1994).
  • Faulkner and Ideology (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1995).
  • Faulkner and the Artist (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1996).
  • Faulkner and Gender (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1996)
  • Faulkner in Cultural Context (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1997)
  • Faulkner and the Natural World (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1999).
  • Faulkner at 100: Retrospect and Prospect (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2000).


  • “Process and Product: A Study of Modern Literary Form.” Part I, Massachusetts Review XII, 2 (Spring 1971): 297-328; Part II, Massachusetts Review XII, 4 (Fall, 1971): 789-816 [W.C. Williams, T.S. Eliot, Conrad, Faulkner]

Guest Journal Editor

  • Mississippi Quarterly: The Journal of Southern Culture, Special Issue: William Faulkner,46 (Summer 1993).
  • Mississippi Quarterly: The Journal of Southern Culture, Special Issue: William Faulkner, 47 (Summer 1994).

Essays in Books

  • “Zuckerman Bound: The Celebrant of Silence,” The Cambridge Companion to Philip Roth, ed Timothy Parrish (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007), 35-51.
  • “‘By it I Would Stand or Fall: Life and Death in As I Lay Dying“, A Companion to William Faulkner, ed. Richard Moreland (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2007), 429-444.
  • “A Tale of Two Novels,” in Teaching As I Lay Dying, ed. Patrick O’Donnell and Lynda Zwinger, Modern Language Association, forthcoming. (6000 words)
  • “Quentin Compson and Faulkner’s Drama of the Generations,” in Critical Essays on William Faulkner: The Compson Family, ed. Arthur Kinney (Boston: G.K. Hall Co., 1982), 381-401.
  • “Freud Reading: Tradition, Technique, ‘The Wolf Man'” in The Psychoanalytic Study of Literature, ed. Joseph Reppen and Maurice Charney (Hillsdale, N.J.: Analytic Press, 1984, 1-35.
  • “William Faulkner,” in The Columbia Literary History of the United States, ed Emory Elliot (New York: Columbia University Press, 1988), 887-909.
  • “Fictions of Metamorphosis: From Goodbye Columbus to Portnoy’s Complaint,” inReading Philip Roth, ed. Asher Milbauer and Donald Watson (London: Macmillan Press, 1987), 82-104.
  • “Faulkner’s Art of Repetition,” in Faulkner and the Craft of Fiction, ed Doreen Fowler and Ann Abadie (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1989), 21-47.
  • “‘Now I Can Write’: Faulkner’s Novel of Invention,” in New Essays on The Sound and the Fury, ed Noel Polk (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993), 71-97.
  • “‘What I Chose to Be’: Freud, Faulkner, Joe Christmas, and the Abandonment of Design,” in Faulkner and Psychology, ed Donald Kartiganer and Ann Abadie (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1994), 288-314.
  • “Learning to Remember: Faulkner’s ‘Rose of Lebanon,'” in William Faulkner’s Short Fiction: An International Symposium, ed. Hans H. Skei (Oslo: Solum Forlag, 1997), 49-59.
  • “Forward,” in William Faulkner: A Centennial Tribute, ed. Samdatta Manual (New Delhi: Prestige Books, 1999), 9-13.
  • “Reading Faulkner” in Faulkner at 100: Retrospect and Prospect, ed Donald M. Kartiganer and Ann Abadie(Jackson: University of Mississippi Press, 2000), xiii-xxvi.
  • “Faulkner’s Missing Facts,” in Renaissance and Modern Studies: Faulkner and Modernism, ed. Richard B. Ellis, Vol. 41, 1998. 13-28.
  • “Getting Good at Doing Nothing: Faulkner, Hemingway, and the Fiction of Gesture,”Faulkner and His Contemporaries, ed. Joseph Urgo and Ann Abadie (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2004), 54-73.
  • “Faulkner’s Comic Narrative of Community,” A Gathering of Evidence: Essays on William Faulkner’s Intruder in the Dust ed. Michel and patrick Samway, S.J. (Philadelphia: Saint Joseph’s University Press and Fordham University Press, 2004), 131-149.


  • “Go Down, Moses: Faulkner’s Elegy for the South,” Hiroshima Studies in American Ethnic Literature, 2 (2006): 1-22.
  • “‘Listening to the Voices’: Public and Fictional Language in Faulkner,” Southern Quarterly (Winter 2008): 28-43.
  • “Job and Joseph K.: Myth in Kafka’s The Trial.” Modern Fiction Studies 7 (Spring 1962): 31-43.
  • “The Role of Myth in Absalom, Absalom!” Modern Fiction Studies 9 (Winter 1963-64): 357-69).
  • “Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!: The Discovery of Values.” American Literature 37 (November 1965): 291-306.
  • “The Sound and the Fury and Faulkner’s Quest for Form.” ELH 37 (December 1970): 618-39.
  • “The Criticism of Murray Krieger: The Expansions of Contextualism.” Boundary 2, a Journal of Postmodern Literature 2 (Spring 1974): 584-607.
  • “‘A Ceremony of the Usual Thing’: Notes on Kafka’s Development.” Criticism: A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts 20 (Winter 1978), 43-65.
  • “The Divided Protagonist: Reading as Repetition and Discovery.” Texas Studies in Literature and Language 30 (Summer, 1990): 281-303.
  • “Ghost Writing: Philip Roth’s Portrait of the Artist.” Association for Jewish Studies Review 13 (Spring-Fall 1988): 153-69.
  • “The Farm and the Journey: Ways of Mourning and Meaning in As I Lay Dying.” The Mississippi Quarterly 43 (Summer 1990), 281-303.
  • “A Marriage of Speaking and Hearing” [Faulkner and Phil Stone]. The Oxford American#1 (Spring 1992): 63-70.
  • “Introduction to ‘Rose of Lebanon.'” Oxford American (May-June 1995): 51-3.
  • “The Long Shadow.” [Faulkner] Oxford American #18 (1997): 38-43.
  • “‘So I, Who had Never had a War . . .’: William Faulkner, War, and the Modern Imagination.” Modern Fiction Studies 44 (Fall 1998), 619-45).
  • “Body and Myth, Semiotic and Symbolic: The Space Between,” The Poetics of the Body in Eudora Welty: Fiction and Photography, ed. Geraldine Chouard and Danielle Pitavy-Souques (Rennes:University Press of Rennes, 2005), 157-162.

Review Articles

  • “Texts, Contexts . . . And a Curious Lacuna,” Faulkner Journal (Spring 2008): 67-83.
  • “The New Novel in America.” Massachusetts Review 21 (Winter 1971):174-80.
  • “Perversions, Disjunctions, Margins: The Underside, Inside, and Outside of Faulkner.”Mississippi Quarterly 42 (Summer 1989): 317-32.
  • “Sigmund Freud: The Return to Origins.” Congress Monthly 59 (July/August 1992): 18-21.
  • “‘Oh, I know who you are. You’re William Faulkner: You Look Just like Your Pictures.”Oxford American #30 (November/December 1999): 84-87.
  • “Faulkner Criticism: A Partial View.” Faulkner Journal (Fall 2000/ Spring 2001): 81-97.


  • Eric Cheyfitz, The Trans-parent: Sexual Politics in the Language of Emerson. Review of Psychoanalytic Books 2 (1981): 515-19.
  • Lawrence M. Schwartz, Creating Faulkner’s Reputation: The Politics of Modern Literary Criticism. American Literature 62 (March 1990): 139-40.
  • John N. Duvall, Faulkner’s Marginal Couple: Invisible, Outlaw, and Unspeakable Communities. Modern Philology 90 (November 1992): 298-302.
  • Jeanne Campbell Reesman, American Designs: The Late Novels of James and Faulkner. The Henry James Review 14 (Spring 1993): 231-33.
  • Joel Williamson, William Faulkner and Southern History. New York Newsday (August 16, 1993): 35.
  • Thomas Inge ed. Conversations with William Faulkner and Kevin Railey, Natural Aristocracy: History, Ideology, and the Production of William Faulkner. Modernism/Modernity 7 (January 2000): 168-71.
  • Richard Godden, Fictions of Labor: William Faulkner and the South’s Long Revolution. Modern Language Review 95 (2000): 494-96


  • “‘By it I Would Stand or Fall: Life and Death in As I Lay Dying,” from A Companion to William Faulkner, in As I Lay Dying, A Norton Critical Edition, ed. Michael Gorra (forthcoming).
  • “The Role of Myth in Absalom, Absalom!“, from Modern Fiction Studies Winter 1963-64): 357-69, in Modern Fiction Studies: William Faulkner (forthcoming)
  • “‘So I, Who had Never had a War . . .’ William Faulkner, War, and the Modern Imagination,” Modern Fiction Studies, 44 (Fall 1998): 619-45), in Modern Fiction Studies: William Faulkner(forthcoming)
  • Light in August,” from The Fragile Thread. In William Faulkner’s “Light in August”: A Critical Casebook, ed. Francois L. Pitavy (New York: Garland Publishing, 1982), 91-105.
  • “Absalom, Absalom!” from The Fragile Thread, in Faulkner: New Perspectives, ed Richard Brodhead (Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall, 1983), 153-73.
  • “The Meaning of Form in The Sound and the Fury,” from The Fragile Thread, in The Sound and the Fury: A Norton Critical Edition, ed David Minter (New York: W.W. Norton, 1987), 360-78.
  • “Absalom, Absalom!: The Discovery of Values,” from American Literature, 37 (November 1965) in On Faulkner: The Best from American Literature, ed Louis Budd & Edwin Cady (Durham: Duke University Press, 1989), 42-57.
  • “Light in August” from The Fragile Thread, in William Faulkner’s “Light in August,” ed. Harold Bloom (New York: Chelsea House Publisher, 1990), 9-41.
  • “The Sound and the Fury,” from The Fragile Thread, in William Faulkner’s “The Sound and the Fury,” ed Harold Bloom (New York: Chelsea House Publisher, 1988), 23-38.
  • “Job and Joseph K.: Myth in Kafka’s The Trial,” from Modern Fiction Studies 8 (Spring 1962), in Twentieth-Century Criticism (New York: Gale Research Co.)
  • “The Divided Protagonist: Reading as Repetition and Discovery,” from Texas Studies in Literature and Language 30 (Summer 1988), in Critical Assessments of Writers in English, ed. Joseph J. Martin (Canterbury: Christopher Helm Publishers).
  • “The Divided Protagonist: Reading as Repetition and Discovery,” (section on Heart of Darkness) in Major Literary Characters: Marlow, ed Harold Bloom (New York: Chelsea House Publishers).
  • “The Meaning of Form in The Sound and the Fury,” from The Fragile Thread, in The Sound and the Fury: A Norton Critical Edition, Second Edition, ed. David Minter (New York: W. W. Norton, 1994), 324-43.
  • “‘So I, Who had Never had a War . . .’: William Faulkner, War, and the Modern Imagination,” in Seven Decades of Faulkner Criticism, ed. Linda Wagner-Martin (East Lansing: Michigan State University Press), forthcoming.
  • “Faulkner’s Comic Narrative of Community,” Ways of Looking at a Blackbird: Essays in British and American Literature and Studies in Honor of Prof. Irena Przemecka, ed. Grazyna and Andrzej Branny (Krakow: Instytut Filologii Angielski, Uniwersytet Jagiellonski, 2004) 139-150.
  • “Reading Faulkner,” Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism: Criticism of Various Topics in Twentieth-Century Literature, Volume 170, ed. Thomas j. Schoenberg and Lawrence T. Trudeau (Detroit: Thompson/Gale. 2006), 140-147.


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Shari Hodges Holt


  • Ph.D., English, University of Mississippi (2000)
  • M.A., English, University of Memphis (1989)
  • B.A., (Honors), English, University of Memphis (1986)

 Teaching and Research Interests

  • Film adaptations of literature
  • Nineteenth-century British novelists (particularly Dickens and Ouida)
  • Victorian Gothic and sensation fiction
  • Science Fiction
  • Renaissance drama and Shakespeare on film

 Selected Publications

  • Ouida the Phenomenon: Evolving Social, Political, and Gender Concerns in Her Fiction. (with Natalie Schroeder). Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2008.
  • “The Tower or the Nursery? Paternal and Maternal Revisions of Hill House on Film.” Shirley Jackson, Influences and Confluences. Eds. Melanie R. Anderson and Lisa Kroger. New York: Routledge, 2016. 160-182.
  • “The Wonderful Worlds of Dickens and Disney: Animated Adaptations of Oliver Twist and A Christmas Carol.” It’s the Disney Version! Popular Cinema and Literary Classics. Eds. Doug Brode and Shea T. Brode. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016. 151-164.
  • “From Milton to Roddenberry: Structural Parallels Between Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Paradise Lost.” Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek: The Original Cast Adventures. Eds. Doug and Shea T. Brode. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015. 25-38.
  • “Dickens from a Postmodern Perspective: Alfonso Cuaron’s Great Expectations for Generation X.” Dickens Adapted. Ed. John J. Glavin. Farnham, England: Ashgate, 2012. 199-222.
  • “‘Please Sir, I Want Some More’: Clive Donner’s Marxist Adaptation of Oliver Twist.” Literature/Film Quarterly. 48.4 (2010): 254-268.
  • “The Gin Epidemic: Gin Distribution as a Means of Control and Profit in Dickens’s Early Nonfiction and Oliver Twist.” Dickens Studies Annual36 (2005): 1-32.

 Courses Taught

  • Freshman Composition
  • Advanced Composition
  • Professional Writing
  • Technical Writing (ESL)
  • Freshman Seminar in Gothic Literature
  • British Literature Survey (Romantic Period to the Present)
  • Victorian Novel
  • History of Literary Criticism
  • Contemporary Literary Theory
  • Major Authors of British Literature
  • Junior Seminar in Drama
  • Junior Seminar in Shakespeare
  • Senior Seminar in Charles Dickens
  • Popular Literature: Science Fiction
  • Introduction to Film
  • Film Adaptations of Literature

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Blair Hobbs

Blair Hobbs enjoys teaching poetry and essay writing, and is also a visual artist. She has published in a variety of magazines and journals, including The Oxford American and The Georgia Review. She has shown artwork in several galleries across the South, and her art’s primary home is Southside Gallery in Oxford. She is married to the writer, John T. Edge, and they have one son, Jess.


  • M.F.A., Creative Writing, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1992)
  • M.A., Creative Writing, Hollins College (1992)
  • B.A., English, Auburn University (1986)


  • Prairie Schooner (1992)
  • The Georgia Review (1992)
  • Laurel Review (1991)
  • The Texas Review (1992)
  • Crucible (1991)

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Gregory Heyworth


  • Ph.D., Princeton University (Comparative Literature, 2001)
  • M.A., Cambridge University (English, 1993)
  • B.A., Cambridge University (English, 1991)
  • B.A., Columbia University (Comparative Literature, 1989)

Teaching and Research Interests

•Insular and continental literature of the 12-th-14th centuries. Philosophy of language, poetic and cultural theory, vernacularity and the relationship of the graphic to the textual.
• Palaeography, codicology, multispectral imaging, spectroscopy, manuscript recovery, history of the book.
•Director of the Lazarus Project.

Selected Publications 

  • Desiring Bodies: Ovidian Romance and the Cult of Form, University of Notre Dame Press, 2009.
  • “Ineloquent Ends: Simplicitas, Proctolalia, and the Profane Vernacular in the Miller’s Tale,” Speculum 84:3 (2009).
  • “Textual Identity and the Problem of Convention: Recovering the Title of Dresden Oc. 66,” Textual Cultures 1:2 (2006).
  • Les Eschéz d’Amours, scholarly edition with Daniel O’Sullivan, vol.1, Brill 2012.
  •  Chaucer’s Truths, monograph under contract.
  •  Director of the Lazarus Project.

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Mary Hayes

Before coming to the University of Mississippi, where she founded and now directs the medieval studies minor and graduate certificate, Mary Hayes received her A. B. from Dartmouth College (cum laude and with honors in English), her A. M. from the University of Chicago, and her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. While completing her education, she also spent a year at the University of Dublin, Trinity College, where she was drawn because of her great love for a “modern medieval” writer, James Joyce, who was the subject of her master’s thesis.

Two of Dr. Hayes’s enduring academic interests—medieval religious cultures and language study—are connected in her first monograph, Divine Ventriloquism in Medieval English Literature: Power, Anxiety, and Subversion (Palgrave, 2011), which showed that human mediation of the divine voice was the most cohesive yet most divisive element of medieval devotion, and her current monograph, Undead: Resurrection, Reanimation, and Artificial Life in English Vernacular Literature 1348–1543, which considers England’s burgeoning vernacular tradition informed by the cultural practices of late medieval death culture.  Additionally, Dr. Hayes is currently editing and contributing to a special double issue of Philological Quarterly called Encore Performances: Papers for Claire Sponsler by Her Students (publication scheduled for early 2019), a commemorative volume whose essays will attend to the key matter of philology—the intricate relationship between language, textual matters, and performance circumstances—evident in the prodigious and diverse scholarship of the late Professor Sponsler (1954-2016).

Dr. Hayes’s work on medieval English literature and language introduced her to her other great passion: the History of the English Language. She is the sole author of the third edition of the late Celia M. Millward’s classic text, A Biography of the English Language (2011) and its accompanying workbook. She co-edited and contributed to Approaches to Teaching the History of the English Language: Pedagogy in Practice (Oxford University Press, 2017). Her textbook, The History of English from Anglo-Saxon England to the World Wide Web, is under contract with Cambridge University Press. Joining historical linguistics with literary studies, this text innovates on traditional philological approaches to the subject as well as conventional ways of teaching it.

Dr. Hayes has published in venues such as Exemplaria, the Chaucer Review, Church History, and American Speech, and she has received awards from the Medieval Academy of America and the Newberry Library (as well as many internal grants and recognitions). Her academic hobbies include the study of magic and esotericism as well as popular medievalisms (such as “The Game of Thrones” franchise).

Associate Professor of English and Director of Medieval Studies minor.


  • Ph.D., University of Iowa (2005)
  • M.A., University of Chicago
  • B.A., Dartmouth College

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Old and Middle English Literature
  • History of the English Language
  • Medieval Religious Devotion
  • Magic and the Occult
  • Victorian, Modern and Postmodern medievalisms

Selected Publications

  • A History of Written Englishes: From Anglo-Saxon England to the World Wide Web (under contract, Cambridge University Press).
  • Approaches to Teaching the History of the English Language: Pedagogy in Practice (Oxford University Press, 2017), co-editor and contributor.
  • A Biography of the English Language, third edition (Cengage, 2011)
  • Divine Ventriloquism: Power, Anxiety, Subversion in Medieval English Literature (Palgrave, 2011)
  • “The Mark of the Beast: Ælfric’s Animals, Reading, and Religious Error,” in The Old English Tradition: Essays in Honor of J. R. Hall (forthcoming, 2018). 
  • “The Talking Dead: Resounding Voices in Old English Riddles,” Exemplaria 20 (2008)
  • “Privy Speech: Sacred Silence, Dirty Secrets in The Summoner’s Tale,” The Chaucer Review 40 (2006): 263-88.

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Jaime Harker

Dr.HarkerJaime Harker holds a Ph.D. in English from Temple University. She is a professor of English and the director of the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies at the University of Mississippi, where she teachers American literature, gay and lesbian literature, and gender studies. She has published essays on Japanese translation, popular women writers of the interwar period, Oprah’s book club, and and Cold War gay literature. She is the author of America the Middlebrow: Women’s Novels, Progressivism, and Middlebrow Authorship Between the Wars and Middlebrow Queer: Christopher Isherwood in America, and the co-editor of The Oprah Affect: Critical Essays on Oprah’s Book Club and 1960s Gay Pulp Fiction: The Misplaced Heritage. She is on the editorial board of Pickering and Chatto Publishers Book Series “Literary Texts and the Popular Marketplace” (  She is currently working on a book on Southern lesbian feminism and feminist print culture.



  • Ph.D., English, Women’s Studies Certificate, Temple University (1998)
  • M.A., English, Brigham Young University (1993)
  • B.A., English, summa cum laude, Brigham Young University (1989)

Selected Publications

  • Middlebrow Queer: Christopher Isherwood in America. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 2013.
  • 1960s Gay Pulp Fiction: The Misplaced Heritage. Drewey Wayne Gunn and Jaime Harker, editors.  Amherst: U of Massachusetts P, 2013.
  • America the Middlebrow: Women’s Novels, Progressivism, and Middlebrow Authorship Between the Wars. Amherst: U of Massachusetts P, 2007.
  • The Oprah Affect: Critical Essays on Oprah’s Book Club. Cecilia Konchar Farr and Jaime Harker, editors. SUNY Press, 2008.
  • “The ‘New’ Gay and Lesbian Literary Studies.” Published in American Literary History. Forthcoming Spring 2010.
  • “Introduction: The U.S. South and the Pacific Rim.” Published in The Global South. Forthcoming Spring 2010.
  • “’And You Too, Sister, Sister?’: Absalom, Absalom, Lesbian Sexuality, and the Remaking of the Southern Family.” Faulkner’s Sexualities: Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha, 2007 (Faulkner and Yoknapatwapha Series). Jackson: Mississippi UP. Annette Trefzer and Ann Abadie, editors. Forthcoming, March 2010.
  • “Oprah, James Frey, and the Problem of the Literary.” The Oprah Affect: Critical Essays on Oprah’s Book Club. Cecilia Konchar Farr and Jaime Harker, editors. SUNY Press, 2008.
  • “American Literature, 1945-present.” International Encyclopedia of Queer Culture. David Gerstner, editor. Routledge. 2006.
  • “’You’ll Never Write in This Town Again’: Standards and K-16 Collaboration.” English Teachers at Work: Narratives, Counter Narratives and Arguments. Brenton Doecke, David Homer, Helen Nixon. Kent Town: Wakefield Press and the Austrailian Association for the Teaching of English, 2003. 65-74.
  • “Progressive Middlebrow: Dorothy Canfield, Women’s Magazines, and Popular Feminism in the Twenties.” Middlebrow Moderns: Popular American Women Writers of the 1920s. Lisa Botshon and Meredith Goldsmith, editors. Boston: Northeastern UP. 111-134.
  • “‘Pious Cant’ and Blasphemy: Fanny’s Fern’s Radicalized Sentiment.” Published inLegacy: A Journal of American Women Writers. (18.1) 2001. 52-64.

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Joan Wylie Hall


  • Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, English and American Literature (1976)
  • M.A., University of Notre Dame (1970)
  • B.A., Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Indiana (1969)

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Southern literature
  • 19th and 20th century American literature
  • literature by and about women

Selected Publications

  • Editor of Conversations with Audre Lorde. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 2004.
  • “Janisse Ray.” American Writers: A Collection of Literary Biographies. Supplement XVIII. Ed. Jay Parini. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale Cengage, 2009. 189-206.
  • “‘Everybody’s Talking’: Anna Deavere Smith’s Documentary Theatre.” Contemporary African American Women Playwrights: A Casebook. Ed. Philip C. Kolin. New York: Routledge, 2007. 150-66.
  • Shirley Jackson: A Study of the Short Fiction. New York: Twayne, 1993.

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J.R. Hall

Professor Emeritus


  • Postdoctoral Study, Indiana University, Linguistics (1975, summer; 1977, summer)
  • Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, English (1973)
  • M.A., University of Notre Dame, English (1970)
  • B.A., St. John Fisher College, Economics (1968)

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Middle English Language and Literature
  • Old English Language and Literature
  • History of Old English Studies

Courses Taught

  • Studies in Medieval Literature
  • Advanced English Grammar
  • History of the English Language
  • Junior Seminar: Major Authors of British Literature
  • Chaucer: Major Works
  • Old English Grammar and Readings
  • Beowulf

Selected Publications

“Three Studies on the Manuscript Text of Beowulf: Lines 47b, 747b, and 2232a.” Beatus Vir: Studies in Early English and Norse Manuscripts in Memory of Phillip Pulsiano. Ed. A. N. Doane and Kirsten Wolf. Tempe: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2006. 441-70.

Beowulf 2009a: f… bifongen.” Journal of English and Germanic Philology 106:04 (2007): 417-27.

Beowulf 1741a: we and the Supplementary Evidence.” ANQ 21:1 (2008): 3-9.

Beowulf 3179a: hlafordes (hry)re.” Notes and Queries 56.2 (2009): 166-69.

“Avitus.” Sources of Anglo-Saxon Literary Culture: 2011. On line publication (10 pages) of an entry on Alcimus Ecdicius Avitus, also to be published in the hard copy version of Sources of Anglo-Saxon Literary Culture.

“The Sword Hrunting in Beowulf: Unlocking the Word hord.” Studies inPhilology 109.1 (2012): 1-18.

“Supplementary Evidence and the Manuscript Text of Beowulf: A Survey of Sources.” English Past and Present: Selected Papers from the IAUPE Conference in 2010. Ed. Wolfgang Viereck. Bamberger Beiträge zur Englischen Sprachwissenschaft, 55. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2012. 9-25.


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Adam Gussow


Adam Gussow (Ph.D., Princeton) is an associate professor of English and Southern Studies. A member of the University of Mississippi faculty since 2002, he teaches courses in American and African American literature, the blues tradition, southern autobiography, and related areas. He has published four books: Mister Satan’s Apprentice: A Blues Memoir (Pantheon, 1998, reissued by Minnesota, 2009); Seems Like Murder Here: Southern Violence and the Blues Tradition(Chicago, 2002), winner of the Holman Award from the Society for the Study of Southern Literature;  Journeyman’s Road: Modern Blues Lives From Faulkner’s Mississippi to Post-9/11 New York (Tennessee, 2007); and Busker’s Holiday, a novel (2015). Gussow’s articles and reviews have appeared in American LiteratureAfrican American ReviewSouthern Culturesboundary 2, and many other publications.  His new monograph is Beyond the Crossroads:  The Devil and the Blues Tradition (North Carolina, forthcoming 2017)  

In addition to his academic credentials, Gussow is a professional harmonica player and teacher. As a member of the blues duo Satan and Adam for more than 30 years, he has played all the major blues, jazz, and folk festivals; recorded three CDs for Flying Fish Records; and been featured on the cover of Living Blues magazine.


  • Ph.D., English Literature, Princeton University (2000)
  • M.A., English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University (1983)
  • B.A., English and American Literature, Princeton University (1979, magna cum laude)

Teaching and Research Interests

  • African-American literature
  •  Southern literature
  •  Blues literary and cultural studies
  •  Southern music in regional, national, and global contexts
  •  Slavery, segregation, racial violence, and racial reconciliation
  • The literature and culture of running

Recent Publications

  • Beyond the Crossroads:  The Devil and the Blues Tradition (University of North Carolina Press, 2017)
  • “’I Got a Big White Fella From Memphis Made a Deal With Me’: Black Men, White Boys, and the Anxieties of Blues Postmodernity in Walter Hill’s Crossroads,” Arkansas Review 46.2 (Summer/August 2015): 85-104.
  • review of Yoknapatawpha Blues: Faulkner’s Fiction and Southern Roots Music, by Tim A. Ryan, The Southern Register (Fall 2015): 23-25.
  • “Creating and Consuming ‘Hill Country Harmonica’: Promoting the Blues and Forging Beloved Community in the Contemporary South,” Creating and Consuming the U.S. South, ed. Martyn Bone, Brian Ward, and William Link (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2015), 139-157.
  • “Heaven and Hell Parties:  Ministers, Bluesmen, and Black Youth in the Mississippi Delta, 1920-1942,” Arkansas Review 41.3 (Winter/December 2010):  186-203.
  • “Playing Chicken With the Train:  Cowboy Troy’s Hick-Hop and the Transracial Country West,” Southern Cultures 16.4 (Winter 2010):  41-70.  A longer version of the essay was published in a volume entitled Hidden In the Mix:  African American Country Music Traditions, ed. Diane Pecknold (Duke University Press, 2013), 234-262.
  • “Ain’t No Burnin’ Hell:  Southern Religion and the Devil’s Music,” Arkansas Review 41.2 (August 2010):  83-98.
  • review of Disturbing the Peace: Black Culture and the Police Power After Slavery, by Bryan Wagner, African American Review 43.4 (Winter 2009): 770-772.
  •  “Plaintive Reiterations and Meaningless Strains:  Faulkner’s Blues Understandings,” in Faulkner’s Inheritance:  Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha, 2005, ed. Joseph R. Urgo and Ann J. Abadie (University Press of Mississippi, 2007):  53-81.
  •  “Where Is The Love?  Racial Wounds, Racial Healing, and Blues Communities,” Southern Cultures 12.4 (Winter 2006):  33-54.  Reprinted in Southern Cultures:  The Fifteenth Anniversary Reader, 1993-2008 (Chapel Hill:  University of North Carolina Press, 2008)

Selected Recordings

  • The Blues Doctors, Roosters Happy Hour (Modern Blues Harmonica, 2014)
  • Satan and Adam, Back in the Game (Modern Blues Harmonica, 2011)
  • Adam Gussow, Kick and Stomp (Modern Blues Harmonica, 2010)
  • Satan and Adam, Living on the River (Rounder Records, 1996)
  • Satan and Adam, Mother Mojo (Flying Fish Records, 1993)
  • Satan and Adam, Harlem Blues (Flying Fish Records, 1991). Nominated for a W. C. Handy Award, “Traditional Blues Album of the Year.”

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Tom Franklin


  • M.F.A. in fiction, University of Arkansas (1998)
  • B.A. in English, University of South Alabama

Selected Publications

  • Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter (2010)
  • Smonk (2006)
  • Hell at the Breech (2003)
  • Poachers: Stories (1999)
Selected Honors and Awards
  • Guggenheim Fellowship
  • Grants from the State of Arkansas and Mississippi
  • Edgar Award
  • Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter won LA Times Book Prize for Best Mystery/Thriller
  • Golden Dagger Award for Best Novel (UK)
  • Willie Morris Prize for Southern Fiction
  • Alabama Library Award for Fiction

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