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Department of English

University of Mississippi

Martyn Bone

Dr. Martyn Bone is an associate professor in the Department of English. He was previously lecturer in American studies at the University of Nottingham, England (2002-2003), before becoming assistant and then associate professor of American literature at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark (2003-2010). He is the author ofThe Postsouthern Sense of Place in Contemporary Fiction (Louisiana State University Press, 2005) and the editor of Perspectives on Barry Hannah (University Press of Mississippi, 2007). He has published articles in American LiteratureComparative American StudiesJournal of American StudiesNew Centennial ReviewMississippi Quarterly, and other journals. He is currently writing about literary representations of the U.S. South in transnational contexts, with a particular focus on migration and labor, in the work of authors including Zora Neale Hurston, Nella Larsen, Erna Brodber, Russell Banks, and Cynthia Shearer. His other main research interest at present is representations of biracial identity in American literature.


  • Ph.D., University of Nottingham (American Studies, 2001)
  • M.A., University of Nottingham (English, 1997)
  • B.A., University of Wales (American Studies & English, 1996)

Teaching and research interests

  • American literature
  • American studies
  • Southern literature
  • Southern studies
  • Transnational American studies
  • African American literature
  • Black Atlantic studies
  • Literary geography
  • Migration and literature

Selected publications


  • Perspectives on Barry Hannah. (Editor, contributor, introduction.) Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2007. xvii, 198pp.
  • The Postsouthern Sense of Place in Contemporary Fiction. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2005. xvi, 275pp.

Chapters (Books)

  • “Southern Fiction.” In John Duvall, ed., The Cambridge Companion to American Fiction since 1945 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2011.)
  • “Intertextual Geographies of Migration and Biracial Identity: Light in August and Nella Larsen’s Quicksand.” In Annette Trefzer and Donald Kartiganer, eds., Faulkner and the Returns of the Text (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, forthcoming 2011).
  • “Neo-Confederate Narrative and Postsouthern Parody: Hannah and Faulkner.” In Martyn Bone, ed., Perspectives on Barry Hannah (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2007), 85-101.
  • “The Transnational Turn in the South: Region, Nation, Globalization.” In Clara Juncker and Russell Duncan, eds., Transnational America: Contours of Modern US Culture(Copenhagen: Museum Tuscalanum, 2004), 217-235.
  • “Placing the Postsouthern, ‘International City’: Atlanta in Tom Wolfe’s A Man in Full.”  In Sharon Monteith and Suzanne Jones, eds., South to a New Place: Region, Literature, Culture (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2002), 208-234.

Articles (Peer-Reviewed Journals)

  • “Narratives of African Migration to the U.S. South: Dave Eggers’ What Is the What and Cynthia Shearer’s The Celestial Jukebox.” New Centennial Review, forthcoming 2010.
  • “The (Extended) South of Black Folk: Intraregional and Transnational Migrant Labor inJonah’s Gourd Vine and Their Eyes Were Watching God.” American Literature vol. 79, no. 4 (December 2007): 753-779.
  • “The Transnational Turn, Houston Baker’s New Southern Studies, and Patrick Neate’sTwelve Bar Blues.” Comparative American Studies vol. 3, no. 2 (June 2005): 189-211.
  •  “Capitalist Abstraction and the Body Politics of Place in Toni Cade Bambara’s Those Bones Are Not My Child.” Journal of American Studies vol. 37, no. 2 (August 2003): 229-246.
  •  “The Postsouthern ‘Sense of Place’ in Walker Percy’s The Moviegoer and Richard Ford’s The Sportswriter. Critical Survey vol. 12, no. 1 (spring 2000): 64-81.

Curriculum Vitae