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Department of English

University of Mississippi

Jaime Cantrell


Jaime Cantrell is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English and faculty affiliate at the Sarah Isom Center for Women’s and Gender Studies at The University of Mississippi, where she teaches courses in gender studies, gay and lesbian literature, literary criticism, and American literatures. She received her M.A. in Women’s Studies from The University of Alabama (2009) and her Ph.D. in English Literature with a graduate concentration in Women’s and Gender Studies from Louisiana State University (2014). She’s been awarded research grants from Cornell University, Duke University, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Prof. Cantrell is the author of essays and reviews appearing in Feminist FormationsThe Journal of Lesbian Studies, Study the South, The Bohemian South, and The Journal Homosexuality.

Jaime co-edited Out of the Closet, Into the Archive: Researching Sexual Histories (2015), a Lambda Literary Award Finalist for LGBT Anthology. With a foreword by Ann Cvetkovich, OCIA meditates on the ways queer archival scholarship transmits precarious pleasures alongside a host of compelling challenges and issues—taking readers inside the experience of how it feels to do queer archival research and queer research in archives. She is presently at work on a book project titled, Southern Sapphisms.


Ph.D., English, Louisiana State University (2014)

Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies, Louisiana State University (2014)

M.A., Women’s Studies, The University of Alabama (2009)

B.A., English, The University of Southern Mississippi (2007)

Areas of Interest:

Twentieth-century American Literature; Women’s and Gender Studies with special emphases in queer theory and sexuality studies; archival studies; LGBTQ literatures; southern studies; literary criticism; southern foodways.

Selected Publications:

Out of the Closet, Into the Archive: Researching Sexual Histories. Amy L. Stone and Jaime Cantrell, eds. SUNY Press’s Queer Politics and Cultures series, December 2015.

“Desiring Down-Home and Out: Southern Lesbian Poetry and the Sex Life of Food.”
Invited contribution to The Bohemian South, Shawn Bingham and Lindsey A. Freeman,
eds. Forthcoming from UNC Press.

Review of Crooked Letter i: Coming Out in the South, Connie Griffin, ed. and Foreword
By Dorothy Allison. Montgomery: New South Books, 2015. The Journal of Southern
History.Forthcoming, fall 2016.

“Put a Taste of The South in Your Mouth: Carnal Appetites and Intersextionality.”Invited
contribution to Study The South, Eds. John T. Edge and James G. Thomas, Jr. October

“Coming Out and Tutor Text Performances in Jane Chambers’s Lesbi-dramas” in This Book
is Action: Feminist Print Culture and Activist Aesthetics. Eds. Jaime Harker and Cecilia Farr,
Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2015: 163-187

“Subscribe to Feminary! Producing Community, Region, and Archive,” in Out of the Closet, Into the Archives: Researching Sexual Histories. Eds. Amy L. Stone and Jaime Cantrell. Albany, NY: SUNY Press (2015): 311-335.

“Out of the Closet, Into the Archives.” Invited contribution to Notches: remarks on the history of
sexuality. Forthcoming, fall 2016.

“Profiles in Research: On Southern Lesbian Literature.” The Devil’s Tale: Dispatches from
the David. M Rubenstein Rare Books and Manuscript Library, Duke University. August

Publications in Progress:

Southern Sapphisms: Sexuality and Sociality in Literary Productions, 1969-1997. Book manuscript in progress.

Selected Courses:


ENGL 224: Survey of American Literature post-Civil War (spring 2016)
GST 337/SST 350: The South and Sexuality (summer 2015/spring 2016)
GST 301: Gender and Culture (summer 2016)
GST 201: Introduction to Gender Studies (summer 2016)
ENGL 360: Images of Women (spring 2016/summer 2016)
ENGL 398: Literary Criticism (fall 2015/fall 2016)
ENGL/GST 365: Gay and Lesbian Lit and Theory (spring 2015/fall 2015)
ENGL 223H: “Voices from the Archives: Early American Women Writers” Sally   McDonnell Barksdale Honors College (fall 2015)
ENGL 352: Topics in Popular Literature, “The South from Page to Screen: A Region Goes to Cinema” (winter session 2015/2016)
ENGL 223: Survey of Am Lit to the Civil War (fall 2014/spring 2015/fall 2016)
ENGL 421/GST 444: Queer Theory (fall 2014)

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