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Robert Jackson, PhD

Robert Jackson, PhD
James G Watson Professor of English
College of Arts & Sciences
English Language and Literature
918-631-3736 Zink Hall Room 343

Education

PhD – University of Virginia PhD – New York University MA – University of Virginia MA – Loyola Marymount College BA – University of Chicago

Bio

Robert Jackson explores interdisciplinary connections among literature, film and media, and social history in the modern and contemporary United States. His most recent book, Fade In, Crossroads: A History of the Southern Cinema, considers the varied relations between black and white southerners and the motion picture medium from the silent era to midcentury. Current projects include a study of James Baldwin's circle of political and cultural allies in the early 1960s, and a study of William Faulkner as a theorist of race and media emerging from the Jim Crow South.

Research Interests

Modern and Contemporary American Literary Studies
US Cultural and Intellectual History since 1865
Cinema and Media Studies
African American Studies
US Southern Studies
The Global South
Political, Social, and Cultural Activism

Teaching Interests

Modern and Contemporary American Literary Studies
US Cultural and Intellectual History since 1865
Cinema and Media Studies
African American Studies
US Southern Studies
The Global South
Political, Social, and Cultural Activism

Publications

  • “Lynching Films,” The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Media, gen. ed. Charles Reagan Wilson, vol. eds. Allison Graham and Sharon Monteith (University of North Carolina Press, 2011).

  • “The Celluloid War Before The Birth: Race and History in Early American Film,” American Cinema and the Southern Imaginary, eds. Deborah Barker and Kathryn McKee (University of Georgia Press, 2011).

  • “The Secret Life of Oscar Micheaux: Race Films, Contested Histories, and Modern American Culture,” Beyond Blackface: African Americans and the Creation of American Popular Culture, 1890-1930, ed. W. Fitzhugh Brundage (University of North Carolina Press, 2011).

  • “The Professional Southerner and the Twenty-First Century,” Storytelling, History, and the Postmodern South, ed. Jason Phillips (Louisiana State University Press, 2013).

  • “Images of Collaboration: William Faulkner’s Motion Picture Communities,” Faulkner and Film: Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha 2010, eds. Peter Lurie and Ann J. Abadie (University Press of Mississippi, 2014).

  • “Primeval, Goddam, and Beyond: On Mississippi,” William Faulkner in Context, ed. John T. Matthews (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

  • “Skin and Structure: William Faulkner’s Media Surfaces,” William Faulkner in the Media Ecology, eds. Julian Murphet and Stefan Solomon (Louisiana State University Press, 2015).

  • Reading for Liberalism: The Overland Monthly and the Writing of the Modern American West, by Stephen J. Mexal, for American Literary History, ALH Online Review Series II (April 2015).

  • The Essential Chaplin: Perspectives on the Life and Art of the Great Comedian, edited with an introduction by Richard Schickel, for Virginia Quarterly Review 82.4 (Fall 2006).

  • Off the Rim: Basketball and Other Religions in a Carolina Childhood, by Fred Hobson, for Virginia Quarterly Review 82.3 (Summer 2006).

  • Holding Out and Hanging On: Surviving Hurricane Katrina, by Thomas Neff, for Virginia Quarterly Review 84.2 (Spring 2008).

  • A Web of Words: The Great Dialogue of Southern Literature, by Richard Gray, for Virginia Quarterly Review 84.3 (Summer 2008).

  • Mark Twain: The Adventures of Samuel L. Clemens, by Jerome Loving, for Journal of Southern History 77.4 (November 2011).

  • Lynching and Spectacle: Witnessing Racial Violence in America, 1890-1940, by Amy Louise Wood, for Journal of Southern History 77.1 (February 2011).

  • “Mode Indigo,” Review Essay on Violet America: Regional Cosmopolitanism in U.S. Fiction Since the Great Depression, by Jason Arthur; and Finding Purple America: The South and the Future of American Cultural Studies, by Jon Smith,” for Twentieth-Century Literature 59.4 (Winter 2013).

  • Reading for Liberalism: The Overland Monthly and the Writing of the Modern American West, by Stephen J. Mexal, for American Literary History, ALH Online Review Series II (April 2015).

  • The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of the American South, ed. Sharon Monteith, for Journal of Southern History 81.2 (May 2015).

  • “The Emergence of Mark Twain’s Missouri: Regional Theory and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” Southern Literary Journal 35.1 (Fall 2002).

  • “Region, Idolatry, and Catholic Irony: Flannery O’Connor’s Modest Literary Vision,” Logos 5:1 (Winter 2002).

  • “The American Nomad: Truths and Fictions,” ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 10.2 (Summer 2003).

  • “The Mere Region,” Southern Spaces: An Internet Journal and Scholarly Forum.

  • “‘We’re Trying Hard as Hell to Free Ourselves’: Race and Southern History in the Making of William Faulkner’s Literary Terrain,” co-authored with Grace Elizabeth Hale, A Companion to William Faulkner, ed. Richard C. Moreland (Blackwell, 2006).

  • “A Southern Sublimation: Lynching Film and the Reconstruction of American Memory,” Southern Literary Journal 40.2 (Spring 2008).

  • “The Southern Disaster Complex,” Mississippi Quarterly 63.4 (Fall 2010).

  • “The Existentialism of the Professional Bureaucrat: Roy Wilkins, the NAACP, and the Institutional Autobiography,” a/b: Auto/Biography Studies (Winter 2008).