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Jill Fennell

Faculty, post-doc lecturer


Jill Fennell is a Post-doctoral lecturer with her doctorate from the University of Tennessee in English with a concentration in Literature and Critical Theory.


  • Southern Literature
  • Critical Theory


Ph.D. English, University Tennessee, Knoxville, 2019

M.A. English, Texas Tech University, 2014

B.A. English, Southern Arkansas University, 2012



  • “An Economics of Apathy: Anxieties of Capital and Care in Delta Wedding.” Eudora Welty Review. (Revise & Resubmit)

Book Review

  • “Building a Legacy: A Review of Teaching the Works of Eudora Welty: Twenty-First-Century Approaches edited by Mae Miller Claxton and Julia Eichelberger.” Eudora Welty Review. (2018) 10 112-115.

  • "A Review of Serious Daring: The Fiction and Photography of Eudora Welty and Rosamond Purcell by Susan Letzer Cole." Eudora Welty Review (Forthcoming 2017) (Solicited)
  • "A Review of Twentieth-Century Women's Writing in Wales: Land, Gender, and Belonging by Katie Gramich." Canadian Review of Comparative Literature. 2013: 40.2 221-224. Print. (Solicited)


  • "Blue Racer" Emergence. Magnolia, AR: SAU Writing Contest, 2012. 26. Print.
  • "Pennies" Emergence. Magnolia, AR: SAU Writing Contest, 2011. 6-7. Print

Short Story

  • "Sun & Shade" Emergence. Magnolia, AR: SAU Writing Contest, 2012. 49-54. Print

Professional Service

  • Humanities Center Mentor Program, Mentor, University of Tennessee Humanities Center (2015-2017)

Awards, Honors & Grants

  • Oscar Roy Ashley Graduate Fellowship, University of Tennessee, 2017-2018

Associations & Organizations

  • Emerging Scholars Organization of SSSL
  • Society for the Study of Southern Literature (SSSL)
  • The Eudora Welty Society
  • South Atlantic Modern Language Association
  • Graduate Students of English, UTK

Conference Presentations

Peer-Reviewed Conference Presentations

  • “Anticatharsis in Absalom, Absalom!: The Fragmentation of Empathy in Faulkner’s Assemblage of the South” South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference 90. Birmingham, AL. Nov. 2018. (Upcoming)

  •  “Insufferable Indignation: Putting the Seething South on Notice” Society for the Study of Southern Literature Conference. Austin, TX. Feb. 2018.

  • “Inside the Trojan Horse.” SAMLA 88. Jacksonville, FL. 6 Nov. 2016.
  • “An Economics of Apathy: Memory, History, and Myth in Delta Wedding” Society for the Study of Southern Literature Conference. Boston, MA. 12 Mar. 2016.
  • “Red-Blooded Americans Eat Red Meat: Conspicuous Carnivorism, Conservatism, and Immunitary Subjecthood” 28th Annual Meeting of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts. Dallas, TX. 9 Oct. 2014.
  • “Nature Trouble: The Need for Postmodern Feminism in Ecocriticism” Conference of the Sowell Family Collection in Literature, Community, and the Natural World. Lubbock, TX. 11 Apr. 2014.
  • “Ideological (Re)Presentation in Composition: Teacher/Student Subjective Performance Spaces in Transaction” South Central Modern Language Association Conference. New Orleans, LA. 4 Oct. 2013.
  • “‘Line Your Lips and Keep ‘em Closed’: Class and Gender Constructs in Women’s Country Music” Texas Tech 2013 Comparative Literature Conference: Gendering Globalization. Lubbock, TX. 12 Apr. 2013.
  • “Is Country Music More Real? Loretta Lynn’s Ownership and Performative Acts of Southern Gender Codes” Popular Culture Association/ American Culture Association National Conference. Washington, D.C. 27 Mar. 2013.

Contact Information

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