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Jennifer Smith

Teaching Associate


Jennifer Smith is a PhD student at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville who specializes in 19th century British literature and contemporary children’s and young adult literatures. Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, she taught Composition and Rhetoric, Humanities, and Children’s Literature courses at Tennessee community colleges. 


  • Connections between the Victorian and the Gothic and contemporary young adult fantasy novels
  • Presentation of gender and “othering” in contemporary young adult literature
  • The influence of the popular in both Gothic and contemporary young adult novels


  • M.A., English, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, 2004
  • B.A., English, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, 2002

Conference Presentations

  • “The Threatened Child, Shapeshifting, and Gender: Uncanny Bedfellows in Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices Trilogy” at the Victorian Popular Fiction Association’s Study Day Conference, Sept. 19-20, 2019, in Dublin, Ireland
  • “’Pretty Boys’ and ‘Pretty-Strong’ Girls: Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver and The Raven Boys series” at the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association’s Conference, February 20-23, 2019 in Albuquerque, NM
  • “Printzes of Literature: Utilizing Young Adult Literature in the Composition Classroom,” at the Two-Year College English Association-Tennessee’s 2011 Conference in Dickson, TN
  • The Dual Enrollment Classroom,” at the Two-Year College English Association-Tennessee Conference, Oct. 8, 2010 in Dickson, TN
  • “Peer Editing,” Round-table Moderator, at the Chattanooga State English Department Conference, August 2011 in Chattanooga, TN

Contact Information

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