Jennifer Mitchel

Jennifer Mitchell, Visiting Assistant Professor


Ph.D.: The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Teaching and Research Interests: 
Victorian, Modern, and Contemporary British literature; Children’s and Young Adult Literature; Gender Studies; Comics and Graphic Novels

Recent Courses

Critical Approaches to Literature
Eminent Authors: Virginia Woolf
Contemporary British Literature

Publications and Presentations
Recent Publications: 
  •   “The Trouble with ‘Victim’: Triangulated Masochism in Jean Rhys’s Quartet.” Rhys Matters: Critical Essays on Jean Rhys. Eds. Kerry Johnson and Mary Wilson. Jefferson. North Carolina: McFarland & Company, 2013. Forthcoming.
  •  “‘A Sort of Mouse-Person’: Radicalizing Gender in Roald Dahl’s The Witches.” Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts. 23.1 (2012): 25-39.
  •  “Of Queer Necessity: Panem’s Hunger Games as Gender Games.” Of Bread, Blood, and The Hunger Games: Critical Essays on the Suzanne Collins Trilogy. Ed. Mary Clark and Leila Pharr. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, 2012. 
  • “Not-So-Nice, Indeed: Mabel Maney, Girl Detectives, and Sexual Awakenings.” Murdering Miss Marple: Essays on Gender and Sexuality in the New Golden Age of Women’s Crime Fiction. Ed. Julie Kim. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, 2012. 
  • “Queering Queer Theory, or Why Bisexuality Matters.” Bisexuality and Queer Theory: Intersections, Connections, and Challenges. Eds. Jonathan Alexander and Serena Anderlini D’Onofrio. New York: Routledge, 2011. [Current Lambda Literary Award Finalist]
Recent Presentations: 
  • Presenter, “‘Un-Chosen One Roolz!’: Sidekicks, Fame, and Autonomy in Harry Potter and Un Lun Dun,” as part of the Children’s Literature Association’s sponsored panel on Childhood and Fame, Modern Language Association Conference, Boston, Massachusetts (January 2013)
  • Seminar Participant, “Masochistic Entanglement: Modernists Tackle Sexology,” as a part of the seminar on Sex and Sexual Modernities, Modernist Studies Association Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada (October 2012)
  • Chair and Co-Organizer, “Transnational Sexualities: Sexology and the Spectacle of Misogyny,” as a part of the Modernist Studies Association Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada (October 2012)
  • Presenter, “The Un-Boy: Orson Scott Card’s Underdeveloped Heroes and Overdeveloped Villains,” as part of the Abiding Disturbance: Dystopias in Children’s Cultures panel, South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference, Atlanta, Georgia (November 2011)
  • Presenter, “‘Out of My Own Skin’: Transforming Bodies in Roald Dahl’s The Witches,” as part of the Social Rebellion and Roald Dahl panel, Children’s Literature Association Conference, Roanoke, Virginia (June 2011) 
  • Presenter, “I Kill Giants, or I Might Kill Readers: Graphic Narrative Pedagogy,” as part of the Teaching the Graphic Narrative panel, American Literature Association Conference, Boston, Massachusetts (May 2011)
  • Presenter, “Queering Masochism: The Rainbow’s Radical Marriage Complex,” as part of The D.H. Lawrence Society’s sponsored panel on Queering Lawrence, Modern Language Association Conference, Los Angeles, California (January 2011)
  • Presenter, “Fairy Tales and Fables: Reinvention in the Graphic Novel,” as part of a panel on Teaching Graphic Novels in the Literature Classroom, Midwest Modern Language Association Conference, Chicago, Illinois (November 2010)
Jennifer Mitchell
Visiting Assistant Professor

Ph.D.: The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Office: EH 463

Phone: 801.626.6596


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