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Stephanie Rountree

Instructor    Graduate Teaching Assistant

Ph.D. Candidate in Literature Studies, Georgia State University, May 12, 2017 [expected]
Dissertation: “American Corpus: The Subversion of National Biopower in Post-Emancipation Literature"

M.A. English, University of North Florida, 2010

B.A. English/Creative Writing, Florida State University, 2005
Religion and Business minors


American Literature since 1865, feminist theory and gender studies, media studies, nationalism and anti-imperialism studies, southern studies, disability studies, critical eating studies

Stephanie Rountree is a Ph.D. Candidate and Provost’s Dissertation Fellow at Georgia State University. On April 10, 2017, she will defend her dissertation entitled “American Corpus: The Subversion of National Biopower in Post-Emancipation Literature,” which investigates public policies that relegate human bodies as technologies of U.S. (neo)liberalism in literature and history, 1865-2011. She has published several refereed articles and book chapters on American culture, literature, and media, all employing methodologies in feminist theory and nationalism studies. She serves as co-editor of Small-Screen Souths: Region, Identity, and the Cultural Politics of Television (LSU Press, Fall 2017, forthcoming) and as co-curator and co-author of the forthcoming roundtable issue of Mississippi Quarterly entitled Blast South: Manifestos of Southern Vorticism (Fall 2016). Her research has been funded by GSU’s University Research Services & Administration’s 2016 Dissertation Research Grant and by the Office of Graduate Program’s 2016-17 Provost’s Dissertation Fellowship. Her teaching endeavors have garnered both CETL’s 2016 Certificate of Excellence in College Teaching and LDS’s Advanced Teaching Fellowship (2013-2016). Two of her Freshman Composition students have won GSU’s Bert H. Flanders Freshman English Award (2013 and 2016) for outstanding freshmen-level essays written in her course on “Issues and -Isms: Scholarly Approaches to Current Events.” Her pedagogy employs feminist methodologies in academic research and writing, emphasizing student interest and personal engagement in social justice issues for transference beyond the college classroom. In 2014, she co-founded the Emerging Scholars Organization, an affiliate of the Society for the Study of Southern Literature, and served as its inaugural President (2014-2016). In 2013 and 2014, she also served as Conference Coordinator for the South Atlantic Modern Language Association’s annual conferences in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information on Stephanie’s scholarship and pedagogy, visit



Full-Length Works: 
Small-Screen Souths: Region, Identity, and the Cultural Politics of Television. Louisiana State UP. Co-Editor with Lisa Hinrichsen and Gina Caision. Fall 2017. Forthcoming.

Blast South: Manifestos of Southern Vorticism. Special Roundtable for Mississippi Quarterly. Co-Editor and Contributing Author. Fall 2016. Forthcoming. 

Refereed Journal Articles: 
“‘[V]isible, unfamiliar, remarkable’: Private Bodies and Public Policy in Eudora Welty’s Losing Battles (1970).” south: a scholarly journal 48.2, November 2016, 225-245. Forthcoming.

“Does the Subaltern Speak? Reimagining Hurricane Katrina in Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012).” Ethos: A Digital Review of Arts, Humanities, and Public Ethics 2.2, October 2015. 4-18.

“Poop, Pie, & Politics in The Help: Rescuing the (Literary) Body from Political Obsolescence.” Word and Text: A Journal of Literary Studies and Linguistics 3.2, 2013. 59-71.
Book Chapters:
 “An ‘archaeology of [narrative] silence’: Cognitive Segregation and Productive Citizenship in McCullers’s The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1940).” Carson McCullers in the Twenty-First Century. Palgrave Macmillan. Eds. Alison Graham Bertolini and Casey Kayser. October 2016. Forthcoming.

“Into Culture: Research and Writing Beyond the Classroom.” Georgia State University’s Guide to First-Year Writing 3rd, and 4th Editions. Expanded and Revised with Co-Author Jennifer Vala. Southlake, TX: Fountainhead Press, 2014 and 2015. 307-354.

 “Writing through Culture.” Georgia State University’s Guide to First-Year Writing 2nd Ed. Co-Author with Jennifer Vala. Southlake, TX: Fountainhead Press, 2013. 161-182.