Ted Atkinson joined the MSU faculty in 2009. Atkinson currently serves as editor of Mississippi Quarterly. His areas of research and teaching interest include southern studies, modern and contemporary American literature and culture, and William Faulkner. Atkinson’s publications include a book, Faulkner and the Great Depression: Aesthetics, Ideology, and Cultural Politics (University of Georgia Press, 2006), essays in several collections, and articles in Southern Quarterly, Journal of American Studies, Mississippi Quarterly, Studies in American Culture, Faulkner Journal, and Southern Literary Journal, among others. His current research project focuses on literary and cultural depictions of rural electrification, with a particular focus on “TVA modernism”—art engaged with the work of the Tennessee Valley Authority in the 1930s and beyond.
Ph.D. 2001 Louisiana State University
M.A. 1996 Mississippi College
B.A. 1990 University of Mississippi
Southern studies; U.S. literature, 1900-present.
- Realism for the People in American Literature and Culture, 1935-1945 (Fall 2015)
- Deep Souths: Floods in Southern Literature and Culture (Fall 2014)
- American Novel since 1900: Fictions of History (Spring 2014)
- Beyond the Southern Gothic (Fall 2013)
- The Global American South (Fall 2012)
- Southern Geographies (Spring 2011)
Faulkner and the Great Depression: Aesthetics, Ideology, and Cultural Politics (Univ. of Georgia Press, 2006). Link to UGA Press author’s page: http://www.ugapress.uga.edu/index.php/books/
Selected Articles and Book Chapters
“Faulkner on the Mississippi: Popular Currents of Realism in If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem.” Southern Quarterly 52.3 (2015): 46-62.
“Class Fantasies, Hollywood Liberalism, and the Bush Doctrine in Film Adaptations of “Two Soldiers” and All the King’s Men.” Faulkner and Warren. Cape Girardeau, MO: Southeast Missouri State University Press, 2015. 46-55.
“Mississippi (and Bensonhurst) Burning: Fantasies of Containment, Racist Enjoyment, and the Real of Social Evil.” A History of Evil in Popular Culture: What Hannibal Lecter, Stephen King, and Vampires Reveal About America. Vol. 1. Ed. Sharon Packer and Jody Pennington. Praeger Press, 2014. 1-17.
“‘Blood Petroleum’: True Blood, the BP Oil Spill, and Fictions of Energy/Culture.” Journal of American Studies 47.1 (2014): 213-29.
“Defying the Cultural Logic of Southern Exceptionalism in Absalom, Absalom! and Song of Solomon.”Faulkner and Morrison. Ed. Robert W. Hamblin and Christopher Rieger. Southeast Missouri State University Press, 2013. 53-71.
Professional Affiliations and Service
- President, William Faulkner Society, 2015-2018
- Executive Committee Member, MLA Southern United States Forum
- Member, Modern Language Association
- Member, Society for the Study of Southern Literature
- Member, Southern American Studies Association
- Member, Board of Governors, Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters