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T h e Un i v ersi t y of M i s si s si p p iEnglishDEPARTMENT OFM.A. AND PH.D . D EGREE IN E NGLISH


he University of Mississippi’s English department is located on anidyllic campus, adjacent to the historic town of Oxford amidst therolling hills of north Mississippi. Situated conveniently next to thelibrary and near the center of campus, the English department offers fourdegree programs: B.A., M.A., M.F.A., and the Ph.D.Why pursue a M.A. or a Ph.D. in Englishat the University of Mississippi?Excellent course work and research supervision:The M.A. and Ph.D. programs in English offercoursework and research supervision in all areasof British, American, and Anglophone literature,film, cultural studies, and literary theory. We aim toproduce outstanding scholars, critics, and teachersof literature and culture. Our program is small,focused, and dynamic. Each class is limited to a fewexceptional applicants who receive much individualattention and training.Our program features a curriculum covering a widearray of academic interests from Medieval and EarlyModern Studies to contemporary film theory and Studiesin the Global South. We also offer opportunities forinterdisciplinary work, including programs in GenderStudies, African American, and Southern Studies.


Personal mentoring: Our faculty is committed totaking care of our students. Ph.D. students enter intoa comprehensive system of mentoring from the firstyear through the search for academic employment.Every semester, the department offers pre-professionaltraining seminars initiated by advanced graduatestudents and guided by the graduate faculty.OUR RECENT M.A. GRADUATESARE IN PH.D. PROGRAMS AT THE Competitive financial support: Students admittedto the Ph.D. program receive a full five-year fundingpackage. At any given time, we have about 60 studentswho are fully funded by teaching fellowships. Inaddition, summer research fellowships, dissertationfellowships, and dissertation enhancement grantsare open to advanced students on a competitive basis.These dissertation fellowships release students fromteaching assignments so that they may concentrate onfinishing their dissertations.Every Ph.D. student will have the opportunity to teacha variety of writing and literature courses and build animpressive teaching portfolio by the time the studententers the job market. The department also supportsprofessional activities with conference-travel funding.Lots of resources are available on campus and in aSouthern town famous for and dedicated to the literaryarts. The university library houses a large collectionof monographs and print journals, and a number of


electronic databases useful to English graduate students,including Early English Books Online, 18-CenturyCollections Online, JSTOR, and Project Muse.The Center for the Study of Southern Cultureis situated in the restored Barnard Observatory oncampus. It offers one of the few programs in the nationfocusing exclusively on Southern culture.OUR RECENT DOCTORATESARE EMPLOYED AS The Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference attractsscholars from all over the globe for a week of Faulknerscholarship and appreciation every summer. Now in itsfourth decade, the Faulkner Conference is the majoracademic event for this world-famous Oxford writer.McCool Fellowship in Faulkner Studies: Thanksto Leighton and Campbell McCool, the Department ofEnglish offers a McCool Dissertation Fellowship for a Ph.D.student writing a dissertation on Faulkner. The prestigiousyear-long fellowship offers a stipend plus tuition remission.The Global South is a scholarly journal housed in theEnglish Department and edited by Dr. Adetayo Alabi.Dedicated to the transnational study of the Global South,the journal offers internship opportunities to studentsinterested in editing and working in the journal world.The Yalobusha Review is a literary journal produced asa joint project by the English and art departments andfeatures fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, interviews,artwork and photography.ENGLISH.OLEMISS.EDU | LIBARTS.OLEMISS.EDU


S TUDENT TESTIMONIALS“I came to study the life and workof William Faulkner because ofthe Faulkner collection in ourlibrary and because our Englishdepartment has the Howry Chair,offers classes on Faulkner, andfunds the McCool Fellowship forFaulkner Studies, but at UM I’ve also had excellentprofessors and mentors who have helped expandmy horizons to have a greater knowledge of allAmerican literature and how to discuss and teach itat the college level. UM has been the best decisionI’ve made in my academic life.” “The graduate program inEnglish at UM provided me withthe conceptual framework toapproach texts and the systemsthey critique. The faculty set thehighest of expectations for theirgraduate students, challengingthem to become better readers, thinkers, andwriters while preparing them for the rigors andrewards of a career in academia. From seminarsto colloquia to defenses, to picnics at Rowan Oakand socializing on the town square, the graduateexperience at UM enriches and liberates whileinviting a lifelong commitment to friendship,teaching, scholarship, and service. It set the coursefor the rest of my life.”


“What I take away most fromthe English department at UMis the extraordinary sense ofcommunity between the facultyand the graduate students. Theoverall attitude towards graduatestudents is that of new colleaguesrather than mere students, which fosters a richand supportive learning environment. Between thedepartmental faculty, the university resources, andthe incredible town of Oxford itself, I couldn’timagine a better Ph.D. program for me.” “The University of Mississippiis a transformative place andthe English department is noexception. The department pridesitself on its capacity to developcreative, driven students intocreative, driven professionals. Inmy three years at UM, I have grown immensely fromthe support, encouragement, and criticism I havereceived from the faculty and graduate community,as I have become a better writer and thinker, able toconvert my skills and interests into viable academicwork. Also, the program has been a wonderful socialexperience as it encourages interaction betweenacademic and creative writers, which, in turn, allowsfor a more productive dialogue between the criticismof literature and its creation.” ENGLISH.OLEMISS.EDU | LIBARTS.OLEMISS.EDU


N OTABLE EVENTSThe annual James Edwin Savage Lecture in theRenaissance. Past speakers include Jean Howard, LouisMontrose, Mary Beth Rose, Robert Watson, David ScottKastan, Patricia Fumerton, and Lawrence Stone.The MFA Reading Series is a student-organized activityfeaturing writers from within the M.F.A. program here.In addition, there is the Visiting Grisham WritersSeries (recent speakers include Pulitzer Prize winnersRobert Hass, Michael Chabon, and Jeffrey Eugenides),and there are over 100 readings a year by nationallyacclaimed authors at Square Books.Southern Writers, Southern Writing is a three-dayacademic conference hosted by the English graduatestudents every July. It draws graduate students from allover the country to our campus.The Oxford Conference for the Book is an annualevent that pulls in authors, editors, literary agents andpublishers for three days every spring. Designed forboth readers and writers, it can put you in touch withan author you admire.The Edith T. Baine Lecture Series featuring scholarsand writers of emerging national importance is anannual event.


O UR FACULTYAdetayo AlabiAssociate ProfessorPh.D., University of SaskatchewanTeaching Interests: PostcolonialStudies (especially African, African-American, and Caribbean), LiteraryTheory (especially Postcolonial andFeminist), Autobiographical Genre in ComparativeBlack Studies.Patrick AlexanderAssistant ProfessorPh.D., Duke UniversityTeaching Interests: African-AmericanLiterature, 19th-Century AmericanLiterature, and Critical Prison Studies.Magalí Armillas-TiseyraAssistant ProfessorPh.D., New York UniversityTeaching Interests: Anglophoneand Francophone African Literature,Latin American Literature, PostcolonialTheory, Genre and Narrative Theory, Marxism andMarxist Cultural Criticism, Theories of Aesthetics andPolitics, Theories of Orality, Literacy, and Media, GenderStudies, World Literature and Translation Studies.Deborah BarkerAssociate ProfessorPh.D., Princeton UniversityTeaching Interests: Gender Theoryand Criticism, 19th- and 20th-Century American Literature, Film.Robert CummingsAssociate ProfessorDirector of the Centerfor Writing and RhetoricPh.D. English, University of GeorgiaTeaching Interests: Composition.Electronic Literacy, Network Rhetorics, andHumanities Computing, Pedagogy.Leigh Anne DuckAssociate ProfessorPh.D., University of ChicagoTeaching Interests: SouthernLiterature and Culture, Film,Literary Geography, Modernism.Chiyuma ElliottAssistant ProfessorPh.D. University of TexasTeaching Interests: African-AmericanLiterature, The Harlem Renaissance/New Negro Movement, 20th-CenturyAmerican Literature, Poetry andPoetics, Modernism, AmericanIntellectual History.Cristin EllisAssistant ProfessorPh.D., Johns Hopkins UniversityTeaching Interests: 19th-CenturyAmerican Literature, AmericanRomanticism, Literature, Ecology.Beth Ann FennellyAssociate ProfessorDirector of M.F.A. ProgramM.F.A., University of ArkansasTeaching Interests: Poetry andthe Writing of Poetry, Non-fiction.Ann Fisher-WirthProfessorPh.D., Claremont Graduate SchoolTeaching Interests: 20th-CenturyAmerican Literature, 20th-CenturyPoetry, Creative Writing (Poetry, alsoCreative Non-fiction), Ecocriticism,Literature and Environment.ENGLISH.OLEMISS.EDU | LIBARTS.OLEMISS.EDU


O UR FACULTYTom FranklinAssociate ProfessorM.F.A., University of ArkansasTeaching Interests: Fiction Writing.Adam GussowAssociate ProfessorPh.D., Princeton UniversityTeaching Interests: African-AmericanLiterature, Southern Literature,Blues & Jazz Literary and CulturalStudies, American Road Narratives.Jaime HarkerAssociate ProfessorAssistant Department ChairPh.D., Temple UniversityTeaching Interests: 20th-CenturyAmerican Literature, with anEmphasis on Book History, Gender, and Sexuality.Additional Research Interests in Gay and LesbianStudies, American Studies, the Pacific Rim.Derrick A. HarriellAssistant ProfessorPh.D., University of Wisconsin,MilwaukeeTeaching Interests: CreativeWriting (Poetry), African-AmericanLiterature.Mary HayesAssociate ProfessorPh.D., University of IowaTeaching Interests: Old and MiddleEnglish Literature, the History ofthe Senses/Sound Theory and Magicand the Occult, History of theEnglish Language.Gregory HeyworthAssociate ProfessorPh.D. Princeton UniversityTeaching Interests: MedievalRomance and the History of Culture,Renaissance Drama, ClassicalInfluence, English Rhetoric andPolitics of the 14–16th-Centuries.Steven JusticeProfessorPh.D. Princeton UniversityTeaching Interests: Middle English,Religious Studies, Medieval Latin.Ivo KampsProfessorDepartment ChairPh.D., Princeton UniversityTeaching Interests: Early ModernLiterature, Shakespeare, LiteraryTheory, Film.Ben W. McClellandProfessorPh.D., Indiana University (OttilieSchillig Chair in English Composition)Teaching Interests: Applied Writing,American Modernist Fiction,Contemporary Non-fiction Literature,Writing.Kathryn McKeeAssociate ProfessorPh.D., University of NorthCarolina at Chapel HillTeaching Interests: United StatesLiterature, U.S. Southern Literature,Global South Studies, Film Studies,Writing by Women, Humor Studies.


O UR FACULTYChris OffuttAssociate ProfessorM.F.A., University of IowaTeaching Interests: Fiction,Non-fiction, Screenwriting.David SmithWriter in ResidencePh.D., Ohio UniversityTeaching Interests: Poetry,American Literature.Karen RaberProfessorPh.D., University of California,San DiegoTeaching Interests: Early ModernBritish Literature and Culture,Early Modern Women WritersFeminist Theory, Cultural Studies, Horses andHorsemanship in Early Modern England/Europe,Animal Studies, Ecocriticism.Peter ReedAssociate ProfessorDirector of Graduate StudiesPh.D., Florida State UniversityTeaching Interests: Early AmericanLiterature, Early American andTransatlantic Theatre, Performance Studies, CriticalRace Studies, Cultural Studies.Gregory A. SchirmerProfessor EmeritusPh.D., Stanford UniversityTeaching Interests: Irish Literature,Translation, Modernism.Jason SolingerAssistant ProfessorDirector of Undergraduate StudiesPh.D., Brown UniversityTeaching Interests: Literature of the18th-Century and Restoration.Daniel StoutAssistant ProfessorPh.D., Johns Hopkins UniversityTeaching Interests: RomanticLiterature, Victorian Literature,the Novel.Annette TrefzerAssociate ProfessorPh.D., Tulane UniversityTeaching Interests: AmericanLiterature, Literary Theory,Global South Studies andSouthern Literature, MinorityLiteratures: Native American Literature andAfrican-American Literature.Jay WatsonHowry Professor ofFaulkner StudiesPh.D., Harvard UniversityTeaching Interests: AmericanLiterature, Southern Literatureand Culture, Faulkner.Ethel Young-MinorAssociate Professor of Englishand African American StudiesSenior Fellow of the Lucky DayResidential CollegePh.D., Bowling Green State UniversityTeaching Interests: African-American Literature,Drama, Harlem Renaissance, American Literature.ENGLISH.OLEMISS.EDU | LIBARTS.OLEMISS.EDU


For additional information visitwww.english.olemiss.edu or contactPeter ReedDirector of Graduate Studiespreed@olemiss.edulibarts.olemiss.eduDepartment of EnglishBondurant HallP.O. Box 1848University of MississippiUniversity, MS 38677662.915.7439 | engl@olemiss.edu

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