Jean Griffith

JEAN CAROL GRIFFITH

Associate Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator,
Wichita State University

phone

(316) 708-8807

mail

jean.griffith@wichita.edu



Education


Ph.D., English, with a Women's Studies Certificate, Texas A&M University, December 2003
M.A., English, Temple University, 1996
B.A., English, with a concentration in women's studies, Boston College, 1993

Academic Employment


Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Department of English, Wichita State University, 2011- present
Assistant Professor, Department of English, Wichita State University, 2007-2011
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of English, Oklahoma State University, 2004-2007
Lecturer, Department of English, Texas A&M University, 2004
Graduate Assistant-Teaching, Department of English, Texas A&M University, 1996-2001
Editorial Assistant, South Central Review, September 1997-May 1999
Mentor, Temple University Writing Center, 1994-1996

Publications and Work in Progress


Books

The Color of Democracy in Women's Regional Writing. Tuscaloosa: The University of Alabama Press, 2009.

In Progress

"Telling Times: Native and European American Narratives of Stasis and Change"

Articles

"'I Knowed Him Then Like I Know Me Now:' Whiteness, Violence, and Interracial Male Intimacy in Delta Wedding and 'Where Is the Voice Coming From.'" Eudora Welty and Race, ed. Harriet Pollack (University of Georgia Press, forthcoming).
"'Food To Be Absorbed and Transformed': The Melting Pots of O Pioneers! and 'The Bohemian Girl.'" Willa Cather Newsletter and Review (Fall 2010).
"How the West Was Whitened: 'Racial' Difference on Cather's Prairie." Western American Literature 41.4 (Winter 2007).
"'Lita is-Jazz': The Harlem Renaissance, Cabaret Culture, and Racial Amalgamation in Edith Wharton's Twilight Sleep." Studies in the Novel 38.1 (Spring 2006).

Reviews and Other Publications

Rev. of Memorial Boxes and Guarded Interiors, ed. Gary Totten, and Edith Wharton and the Making of Fashion, by Katherine Joslin. American Literary Realism (forthcoming).
Rev. of The Architectural Imagination of Edith Wharton: Gender, Class, and Power in the Progressive Era, by Annette Benert. Studies in the Novel 41.2 (Summer 2009).
Brief contribution on the "Turkish Lady" in O Pioneers! Willa Cather Newsletter and Review special issue on material culture, edited by Ann Romines (Winter 2008).
Rev. of Muting White Noise: Native American and European American Novel Traditions, by James H. Cox. MELUS 33.3 (Fall 2008).
Rev. of South of Tradition: Essays on African American Literature, by Trudier Harris. South Central Review 22.1 (Spring 2005).

Invited Lectures and Conference Presentations arrow


"Red Heads and Real Deltans: Black Men and White Masculinity in Delta Wedding," American Literature Association Convention, Boston, MA, May 2011
"From 'Relic of Our Country' to Capitalist: Reinventing the Indian Trickster as a White Man," Multiethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS) Association Convention, Boca Raton, FL, April 2011
"Food To Be Absorbed and Transformed: The Melting Pots of O Pioneers! and "The Bohemian Girl," plenary address, Willa Cather Foundation Spring Conference, Red Cloud, NE, June 2010
"Haunted by the Ghost Dance: Tradition and Change in the Fiction of Sherman Alexie," Multiethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS) Association Convention, Spokane, WA, April 2009
"Awaiting the Indian Messiah: Native and White Notions of Time in the Ghost Dance Religion," Multiethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS) Association Convention, Columbus, OH, March 2008
"'A Kind of Life Out of Reach': Willa Cather's 'Indian Time,'" International Willa Cather Seminar, Paris and Provence, France, June 24-July 1, 2007
"Where the Voice Is Coming from: Identifying with the Other in the Civil Rights Era," South Central Modern Language Association Convention, Dallas, TX, October 2006
"Suppressing Stories in Eudora Welty's The Golden Apples," Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Convention, Pepperdine University, November 2005
"The Hotel and the Family: Edith Wharton's Consuming Cultures," South Central Modern Language Association Convention, Houston, TX, October 2005
"Race, Gender, and All that Jazz: Edith Wharton and the Harlem Renaissance," Friends of the Forms Lecture Series, Department of Philosophy, Oklahoma State University, April 2005
"How Cather's Lady Got Lost: The West and the Incorporation of White Womanhood," American Studies Association Convention, University of Texas San Antonio, November 2003
"Black Labor and the New Southern Woman," Modern Language Association Convention, Washington, D.C., December 2000
"'Who Knows Why They Loved Their Past?': Race, Gender, and Southern History," South Central Modern Language Association Convention, Memphis, TN, October 1999
"Coyote Was Wandering: Native American Tricksters at the Turn of the Twentieth Century," Texas A&M University Interdisciplinary Conference on Language and Literature, September 1998
"'With an Inherited Feeling of Condescension': Race in Ellen Glasgow's Barren Ground," South Central Women's Studies Association Convention, Houston, TX, March 1998
"Willa Cather and the Making of a Female Agrarian," Western Literature Association Convention, Albuquerque, NM, October 1997
"'Ink-Stained Amazons' and 'Spiritual Food': Gender and Authorship in the Works of Nathaniel Hawthorne," South Central Women's Studies Association Convention, College Station, TX, March 1997

Awards and Grantsarrow


Award for Research/Creative Projects in Summer, 2008, Wichita State University
Women's Studies Program Dissertation Grant, 2000-2001, Texas A&M University
Melbern C. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research Graduate Fellow, 1999-2000, Texas A&M University

Courses Taughtarrow


Undergraduate: Advanced Composition; African America Literature; American Literature II: Migration and Immigration; American Multicultural Literature; Composition and Rhetoric; Contemporary Literature: African American Women's Fiction; Introduction to Literature; Major American Writers II (1920-present); Modern American Writers; Native American Literature; Nature of Fiction; Post-1900 American Literature; Studies in Fiction: Historical Revision in Contemporary Ethnic American Novels; Survey of American Literature I: Beginnings to 1865; Survey of American Literature II: 1865 to the Present; Themes in American Literature: Natives and Newcomers; Themes in American Literature: The Civil Rights Movement and Beyond; Writing by Women

Graduate: Graduate Readings in American Literature III: Postmodern Identities; Graduate Readings in American Literature III: The African American Novel, 1920 to the present; Graduate Seminar in American Literature II: Realism; Graduate Seminar in Professional Development; Graduate Studies in Contemporary Literature: Magical Realism; Graduate Studies in Fiction: The "Great American Novel"

M.A. & M.F.A Theses Supervisionarrow


Directed (M.A. theses): Amber Celestine ("Defining Spaces: Giovanni's Room and the Journey to Identity," Spring 2010); Graceanne Hatt ("Recreating Identity in Native American Literature," Spring 2009); Benjamin Ondieki ("The Denunciation of Patriarchy and Capitalism in Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God," Spring 2008); Donna Bell ("Fairy-Tale Woman Transformed, Mythical Artist Reborn: Development of a Female Artist's Narrative in The Song of the Lark," Spring 2008)

. Reader (M.A. Theses and MFA Final Projects): Antonia Felix (novel, "Cottonwood," Spring 2011); Brandon Fortman ("Home and Abroad: Elizabeth Bishop's Poetics of Placement in Questions of Travel," Spring 2010); Lowell Wyse ("Convenient Disguise: Engaging Lee in Steinbeck's East of Eden," Spring 2010); Natalie Olmstead (short story collection, "Voices from the North Side," Fall 2009); Melinda DeFrain (novella, "Big Spender," Spring 2009)

Professional Activitesarrow


Manuscript reader for Cather Studies, Mississippi Quarterly
Chair, Eudora Welty Society Panel, South Central Modern Language Association Convention, October 2008
Secretary, Eudora Welty Society Panel, South Central Modern Language Association Convention, October 2007
Chair, Post-1900 American Literature Panel, South Central Modern Language Association, October 2006
Secretary, Post-1900 American Literature Panel, South Central Modern Language Association, October 2005
Member, Introduction to Literature Committee, Texas A&M University, 1999-2001
Co-President, Women's Studies Circle, Texas A&M University, 1997-1999
Co-Chair, An Evening of Women in the Arts, Texas A&M University, September 1998
Co-President, English Graduate Student Association, Texas A&M University, 1997-1998
Member, Women's Studies Program Review Committee, Texas A&M University, 1997-1998

Departmental and University Servicearrow


Undergraduate Coordinator, Department of English, Wichita State University, 2009-
English Education Coordinator, Wichita State University, 2009-
Great Plains Studies Certificate Coordinator, 2007-
English Department Representative, College Curriculum Committee, Wichita State University, 2008-2009
Member, Graduate Studies Committee, Department of English, Wichita State University, 2007-2010
Member, Faculty Institute for Diversity Education, Tilford Commission for Diversity and Multiculturalism, Wichita State University, 2007-

Teaching Specialtiesarrow


Late nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature; contemporary fiction; realism; modernism; postmodernism; American novel; African American literature; American Indian literature; multiethnic literature; women's literature; regional literature; narrative theory

Current Research Interestsarrow


American studies; late nineteenth- and twentieth-century American cultural studies; race and ethnicity studies; gender studies; regionalism; critical whiteness studies

Proficiency in Foreign Languagesarrow


Reading knowledge of French and Haitian Kreyol