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 -Professor of English-

Department of English 

Ohio University 



Edgar Allan Poe

Spring 2014


English 3230: American Literature 1918 to the Present
1:30-2:50 pm TTh, 14 Ellis Hall

English 4600: Topics in English Studies
Edgar Allan Poe and the Spectres of Race and Slavery
10:30-11:50 am TTh, 119 Ellis Hall

Office Hours: 
9:30-10:30 am, 3-4 pm TTh and by appointment
Contact Information:
Office: Ellis 351
Office phone: (740) 593-9868
E-mail: jonesp2@ohio.edu

E.D.E.N. Southworth


Frederick Douglass

Both my teaching and my research are focused primarily on American Literature.  I have taught a number of American literature courses at Ohio University and other institutions.  For a complete list of my past courses, see my vita.  Here are the courses I am scheduled to teach during the 2013-2014 academic year:

  • English 2010: Critical Analysis of Fiction and Non-fiction Prose (Fall 2013)
  • English 3220: American Literature 1865-1918 (Fall 2013)
  • English 3230: American Literature 1918-Present (Spring 2014)
  • English 4600: Edgar Allan Poe and the American Spectres of Race and Slavery (Spring 2014)

The bulk of my academic writing has focused on the work of nineteenth-century American writers, but I've also written about twentieth-century and contemporary writers. Authors who have been the subject of my work include both well-known and obscure writers --such as Edgar Allan Poe, Walt Whitman, Frederick Douglass, E.D.E.N. Southworth, John Greenleaf Whittier, William Gilmore Simms,  Evelyn Scott, Anne Tyler, Ellen Glasgow, Michael Cunningham, and Ellen Gilchrist.  My first book  Unwelcome Voices: Subversive Fiction in the Antebellum South  was published by the University of Tennessee Press in 2005 and was awarded the Nancy Dasher Award by the College English Association of Ohio.  My second book, Against the Gallows: Antebellum American Writers and the Movement to Abolish Capital Punishment, was published in 2011 by the University of Iowa Press. You can also see my vita for a complete list of my publications, presentations, and professional activities.

Go to my departmental webpage