Homer C. Nearing, Jr. Distinguished Professor in English and Chair of English and Creative Writing + Affiliate Faculty in Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies, Widener University

First Vice President, Modernist Studies Association

Modernism, Narrative, Narrative Theory, Life Writing, Gender, Sexuality, Women’s Studies, Mentoring, Pedagogy, Scholarly Communication / Publishing


PhD, English and 20th Century Studies, Graduate Center of the City University of New York, 2003


Options for Teaching Modernist Women’s Writing (2021, MLA)

Literary Couples and 20th-Century Life Writing: Narrative and Intimacy (2019, Bloomsbury)

The Comics of Alison Bechdel (2019, U of Mississippi P)

Engagements with Narrative (2015, Routledge)

James Joyce and the Revolt of Love: Marriage, Adultery, Desire (2010, Palgrave Macmillan)

articles in Journal of Modern LiteratureLife WritingCollege Literature, James Joyce Quarterly.


Modern Language Association

  • Member, Executive Committee, GS Comics and Graphic Narratives

Modernist Studies Association

  • First Vice President

The Space Between Society

Feminist inter/Modernist Association

International Virginia Woolf Society

Council of Editors of Learned Journals

  • Secretary

Janine M. Utell

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