Research Interests: American Cultural Studies, Digital Composition, the City as Text, Inter-war American Literature, Cold War American Literature, the Pedagogy of Surprise
Tracks Taught in MALS: American Studies
Courses Taught in MALS: MALS 70000 - Introduction to Graduate Liberal Studies
MALS 73100 - American Culture and Values
"Different Dispatches: Journalism in American Modernist Prose. New York: Routledge, 2006.
Forthcoming: “Gender Fantasies, Sexual Adventures, and Imagined Communities in Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio.” A chapter in a collection of new essays on Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio published as part of the Rodopi Dialogue Series.
“Where ‘death and the graveyard are final’: The Shifting Boundaries of Authority in Zora Neale
Hurston’s Tell My Horse.” Interdisciplinary Literary Studies. 12.2 (Spring 2011): 32-52.
“Returning South: Reading Culture in James Agee’s Let Us Now Praise Famous Men and Zora
Neale Hurston’s Mules and Men.” Southern Literary Journal. 41.2 (Spring 2009): 69-86.
“‘The Shock of Recognition’: Bob Ames Rereads Sister Carrie.” Dreiser Studies. 32.1 (Spring 2001): 36-55.
"A New Kind of Meditation: Wallace Stevens’ ‘The Plain Sense of Things.’” The Wallace Stevens Journal. 23.1 (Spring 1999): 27-48.
“Writing Writing Lives: The Collaborative Production of a Composition Text in a Large
First Year Writing Program.” With Sara Garnes, Vic Mortimer, Jennifer Phegley, and Kathleen R. Wallace. (Re)Visioning Composition Textbooks. Ed. Fred Gale and Xin Gale. Albany, New York: SUNY P, 1999. 249-266.
About Professor Humphries:
Recently, I have returned to some of my earliest interests in pedagogy, the theory and teaching of writing, and ways of framing the writing classroom as a site of civic engagement, reflection, and community building, all informed by new modes of digital composition and social media. I have a background in economics as well as English and American Studies, and so much of my research and teaching are informed by interdisciplinary perspectives and an interest in considering the ways in which culture is made visible and contested. I currently have two works in progress in this vein, “Bracketing the Cold War: The Nuclear Family in Robert Penn Warren’s All the King’s Men and Chang Rae Lee’s Native Speaker” and “Going off the Gold Standard in Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer.”
In teaching the Introduction to Graduate Liberal Studies course, I like to leave space for students' own interests. Most recently, I structured the course around the idea of ""city as text,"" which allowed for different topics and themes to grow organically, from the foundations of Progressivism to the legacy of #OWS.
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