Bob Jackson PhD

Director of Graduate Studies
James G Watson Professor of English Henry Kendall College of Arts & Sciences
English Language and Literature


Robert Jackson works in American cultural studies from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, focusing on interdisciplinary connections among literature, film and media, and social history. His first book examined uses of region by American fiction writers since the Civil War. His current book project, "Fade In, Crossroads: The Southern Cinema, 1890-1940," considers the varied relations between black and white southerners and the motion picture medium from the silent era to World War II.

Ph.D., University of Virginia
M.A., University of Virginia
Ph.D., New York University
M.A., Loyola Marymount College
B.A., University of Chicago

Spatial discourses (from the regional to the transnational, and including architecture, urban planning, and environmental studies)
Race relations (particularly the history and legacies of segregation in the United States
Media technologies from early cinema to new media

Intersections among Literature, Film and Media Social History

The following may be selected publications rather than a comprehensive list.


Seeking the Region in American Literature and Culture: Modernity, Dissidence, Innovation (Southern Literary Studies, Louisiana State University Press, 2005).

Book Reviews

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

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).

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

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

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).

Walden Pond: A History, by W. Barksdale Maynard, for ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 12.1 (Winter 2005).

He Sleeps, by Reginald McKnight, for Controlled Burn (Winter 2002).

Journal Articles

“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).

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

“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).

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

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

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

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

“‘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).

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

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

“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).

“Pop Culture,” Drumvoices Revue (Spring/Summer 1996).

Journal Article Review

“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).


“A Vital Crossroads: On Teaching The Heath Anthology at an Historically Black College,” The Heath Anthology of American Literature Newsletter 26 (Fall 2003).

Magazine/Trade Publication

“The Boston Migration,” ASLE News 15.2 (Fall 2003).

ENGL 2043 Literary Constructions of the Self
ENGL 2313 Reading Major American Writers
ENGL 7533 American Literature, 1914-1960
ENGL 7543 Contemporary American Literature
ENGL 8103 Representative Figures
ENGL 8793 Qualifying Exam Preparation
ENGL 9981 Dissertation