Ted Atkinson,
Associate Professor

2010 Lee Hall
Department of English
P.O. Box E
Mississippi State, MS   39762


Editor of the Mississippi Quarterly

Ted Atkinson

Professional Bio

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 QuarterlyJournal of American StudiesMississippi 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

Curriculum Vitae

Teaching Interests:

Southern studies; U.S. literature, 1900-present.




Faulkner and the Great DepressionFaulkner 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