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Department of English
University of Mississippi

Kathryn McKee

KatieMckee1Kathryn McKee is McMullan Associate Professor of Southern Studies and English.  She has a Ph.D. in American literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and joined the UM faculty in the fall of 1997.  Her research interests include the nineteenth-century U.S. South, particularly the lives of women during the postbellum period.  She is co-editor, with Deborah Barker, of American Cinema and the Southern Imaginary (2011) and author of Reading Reconstruction: Sherwood Bonner and the Literature of the Post-Civil War South (2018).




  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1996)
  • M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1989)
  • B.A., Centre College(1987)

Teaching and Research Interests

  • United States Literature
  • U.S. Southern literature
  • Global South Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Writing by Women
  • Humor Studies

Selected Publications

  • Reading Reconstruction: Sherwood Bonner and the Literature of the Post-Civil War South.  Forthcoming LSU Press, Southern Literary Studies Series, Fall 2018.
  • “Interlocality and Interdisciplinarity: Learning from Existing Models of the Global South.”  Co-authored with Kirsten Dellinger, Jeffrey Jackson, and Annette Trefzer.  In Navigating Souths: Transdisciplinary Explorations of a U.S. Region, edited by Michele Coffey and Jodi Skipper, University of Georgia Press, 2017.  153-166.
  • “The Catfish Industry and Spatial Justice in the Mississippi Delta: Steve Yarbrough’s The Oxygen Man. Co-authored with Kirsten Dellinger, Annette Trefzer, and Jeffrey Jackson. Journal of American Studies (published online: 08 January 2016):
  • “Introduction: The Global South and/in the Global North: Interdisciplinary Investigations.”  Co-edited with Annette Trefzer, Jeffrey Jackson, and Kirsten Dellinger.  Special issue of The Global South 8.2 (Fall 2014): 1-15.
  • “Sherwood Bonner and the Postbellum Legacy of Southwestern Humor” in Southern Frontier Humor: New Approaches, Ed. Ed Piacentino.  Jackson: The University
    Press of Mississippi, 2013.  104-130.
  • American Cinema and the Southern Imaginary. Co-edited with Deborah Barker.
  • Athens: University of Georgia Press, New Southern Studies Series, 2011.
  • “’the silence which/Smothers you’: Kaye Gibbons’s On the Occasion of My Last
  • Afternoon.”  in Still in Print: The Southern Novel Today, Ed. Jan Nordby Gretlund.Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2010.  43-57.
  • “Local Literatures, Global Contexts: The New Southern Studies.” Co-authored introduction (with Annette Trefzer) to special issue of American Literature, 78.4(2006): 677-690.
  • “Writing Region from ‘the Hub’: Sherwood Bonner’s Travel Letters and Questions of Postbellum U.S. Southern Identity,” Legacy, 22.2 (2005): 126-143.


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