Ted Atkinson

Ted Atkinson

Associate Professor

Editor of the Mississippi Quarterly


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


Ted Atkinson joined the MSU faculty in 2009 and has served as editor of Mississippi Quarterly since 2012. 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. He is currently working on a cultural history of the Tennessee Valley Authority.



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.

Recent Articles and Book Chapters

  • "Labor." Keywords for Southern Studies. (University of Georgia Press, 2016)
  • "Natasha Trethewey’s Joe Christmas and the Reconstruction of Mississippi Nativity." Faulkner and the Black Literatures of the Americas: Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha, 2013. (University Press of Mississippi, 2016)
  • "Long Faulkner: Charting Legacy on a Civil Rights Continuum." Fifty Years after Faulkner: Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha, 2012 (University Press of Mississippi, 2016)
  • "Faulkner on the Mississippi: Popular Currents of Realism in If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem." Southern Quarterly 52.3 (2015): 46-62.

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

Faculty & Staff