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Paul C. Jones


Director of Graduate Studies

American Literature

Office: Ellis 369
Office Phone: 593-9868
Office Hours: MW 10-11, 2-3; Th 1-2, and by appointment (Fall 2015)
Email: jonesp2@ohio.edu
Personal Website


Ph.D., University of Tennessee
M.A., University of Arkansas
B.A., University of Arkansas



Against the Gallows: Antebellum American Writers and the Movement to Abolish Capital Punishment, U of Iowa P, 2011.

Unwelcome Voices: Subversive Fiction in the Antebellum South, U of Tennessee P, 2005.

Evelyn Scott: Recovering a Lost Modernist, edited with Dorothy Scura, U of Tennessee P, 2001.

Selected Articles:

• “‘Edgar Allan Poe and the Art of Fiction,” A History of Virginia Literature,, ed. Kevin Hayes, Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2015. 180-191.

• “‘Her Little Maid Mandy’: The Abolitionist Slave Owner and the Rhetoric of Affection in the Life and Early Fiction of E. D. E. N. Southworth,” J19 2.1 (Spring 2014): 53-82.

• “Surviving National Disunion: Civil War Novels of the 1860s,” Oxford History of the Novel in English, Vol. 5: American Novels to 1870, eds. J. Gerald Kennedy and Leland Person, New York: Oxford UP, 2014. 564-78.

• “A Scribbling Woman’s Rebuttal: Grace Greenwood Responds to the Hawthornes,” Nathaniel Hawthorne Review 39.2 (Fall 2013): 166-81.

• “Revising Uncle Tom’s Cabin: Sympathy, the State, and the Role of Women in E. D. E. N. Southworth’s The Lost Heiress,” E. D. E. N. Southworth: Recovering a Nineteenth-Century Popular Novelist, eds. Melissa Homestead and Pam Washington, Knoxville: U of Tennessee P, 2012. 183-204.

• “Slavery and Abolitionism,” Edgar Allan Poe in Context, ed. Kevin Hayes, Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2012. 138-47.

• “‘That I could look . . . on my own crucifixion and bloody crowning’: Walt Whitman’s Anti-Gallows Writing and the Appeal to Christian Sympathy,” Walt Whitman Quarterly Review 27 (Fall 2009): 1-27.

• “Trust Thyself?: Teaching Poe’s Murder Tales in the Context of Transcendental Self-Reliance,” Approaches to Teaching Poe’s Prose and Poetry, MLA, 2009. 154-60.

• “‘I put my fingers around my throat and squeezed it, to know how it feels’: Anti-Gallows Sentimentalism and E.D.E.N. Southworth’s The Hidden Hand,” Legacy (2008): 41-61.

• “The Politics of Poetry: The Democratic Review and the Gallows Verse of William Wordsworth and John Greenleaf Whittier,” American Periodicals 17 (2007): 1-25.

• “Recovering Southern Identity in Evelyn Scott’s Migrations and Escapade,” Mississippi Quarterly 59.4 (2006): 557-75.

• “Burning Mrs. Southworth: True Womanhood and the Intertext of Ellen Glasgow’s Virginia,” Southern Literary Journal 37 (2004): 25-40.

• “A Re-Awakening: Anne Tyler’s Post-Feminist Edna Pontellier in Ladder of Years,” Critique 44 (2003): 25-40; reprinted in Contemporary Literary Criticism, Vol. 205, Thomson Gale, 2005. 319-26.

• “William Gilmore Simms’s Last Word on Slavery: The Racial Politics of ‘Bald-Head Bill Bauldy’ and ‘The Humours of the Manager,’” Southern Quarterly 41 (2003): 110-18.

• “The Danger of Sympathy: Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘Hop-Frog’ and the Abolitionist Rhetoric of Pathos,” Journal of American Studies 35 (2001): 239-54.

• “‘This Dainty Woman’s Hand...Red with Blood’: E.D.E.N. Southworth’s The Hidden Hand as Abolitionist Narrative,” ATQ 15 (2001): 59-80.

• “Copying What the Master Had Written: Frederick Douglass’s The Heroic Slave and the Southern Historical Romance,” Southern Quarterly 38 (2000):78-92.

Curriculum Vitae

Sam and Susan Crowl Professorship of English, 2015-2020

Unwelcome Voices: Subversive Fiction in the Antebellum South was awarded the Nancy Dasher Prize for Literary Scholarship by the College English Association of Ohio in 2008.

Kate and Hall Peterson Fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society, April 2008

Secretary/Treasurer, Poe Studies Association, 2006-2011


English 2010: Critical Analysis of Fiction and Nonfiction Prose
English 250: Introduction to Textual Analysis
English 253: American Literature Survey
English 254 / 307J: Writing and Research in English Studies
English 3080J: Writing and Rhetoric II
English 321/3210: American Literature to 1865
English 322/3220: American Literature, 1865-1918
English 323/3230: American Literature, 1918 to the Present
English 327: African American Fiction
English 3570: Law and Literature
English 4600: Poe and the American Specters of Race and Slavery
English 460: Ohio in the American Literary Imagination
English 460: American Women Writers in the 19th Century
English 460: America's Literature of Fear: The Gothic Tradition in the U.S.
English 465: Major American Authors--Nathaniel Hawthorne
Graduate Courses: Topics have included the American Gothic, American Romanticism, The Novel and the Nation, Sympathy in Nineteenth Century American Literature, and American Realism

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