|Jill Franks, Ph.D.|
Professor, English Literature
Austin Peay State University
Phone: (931) 221-7879
Office: Harned Hall, Rm. 131
Ph.D. English Literature, Rutgers University (1992)
M.A. English Literature, University of Massachusetts (1987)
J.D. Law, Western New England College (1982)
B.A. Political Science, University of New Hampshire (1978)
Coordinator of Film Studies Minor
Study Abroad Coordinator
Spain, May 14-June 16, 2014
Research and Teaching Interests
Film Studies, especially auteurs
Psychoanalysis and Literature
Twentieth-Century British and Irish Literature
Women's Studies and Feminist Theory
Summary of Research Interests
I work in twentieth-century British and Irish studies, combining psychoanalytical, postcolonial, and gender approaches. My recent book, British and Irish Women Writers and the Women's Movement: Six Literary Voices of Their Times, examines writers of iconic status in England and Ireland, comparing their feminist consciousness in the framework of the women's movements in their nations. My book, Islands and the Modernists (2006), examines how pioneers in the fields of anthropology, literature, painting, and evolution used islands as real and metaphorical laboratories. My doctoral work on D. H. Lawrence and Italy resulted in the book, Revisionist Resurrection Mythologies (1994). I am interested in questions of identity formation in gender, national, regional, and historical contexts.
Links to Published Essays, full text
British and Irish Women Writers and the Women's Movement: Six Literary Voices of Their Times. McFarland, 2013. 220 pp.
Islands and the Modernists: The Allure of Isolation in Art, Literature and Science. McFarland, 2006. 206 pp.
Revisionist Resurrection Mythologies: A Study of D. H. Lawrence's Italian Works. Peter Lang, 1994. 191 pp.
In progress: Neil Jordan: Gender, Nation and Trauma. Bucknell University Press Contemporary Irish Writers Series.
The Poetry of Thom Gunn: A Critical Study. Stefania Michelucci. McFarland, 2008. 206 pp.
Space and Place in the Works of D. H. Lawrence. Stefania Michelucci. McFarland, 2002. 178 pp.
Editions of Literary Texts:
Sea and Sardinia. D. H. Lawrence. Introduction. Sassari: Agave Edizioni, 2010.
Lady Chatterley’s Lover. D. H. Lawrence. Introduction. Norwalk, CT: Easton Press, 2004.
Sea and Sardinia. D. H. Lawrence. Introductory essay and Notes. London: Penguin, 1999.
“Women’s Lies, Suppressed Voices, Emotional Paralysis and Breakouts in Jennifer Johnston’s The Railway Station Man and Edna O’Brien’s House of Splendid Isolation.” Crafting Infinity. Eds. Marguerite Quintelli-Neary and Rory Cornish. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2012. 101-118.
"To make a world of his own: Pscyhoanalysis and Weltanschauung in The Man Who Loved Islands." D. H. Lawrence Studies 15.2 (August 2007). Eds. Michael Bell, Chong-wha Chung, Virginia Hyde and Nak-chung Paik. Seoul: The D. H. Lawrence Society of Korea. 147-157.
“Sex, Guns and Death: Deborah Warner’s Adaptation of The Last September.” New Hibernia Review 10:3 (Autumn 2006). 121-135.
“Reel Irish: Nationalizing Irish Step Dance and Vaunting the Celtic Tiger.” Working Papers in Irish Studies 06-3 (Spring 2006). 3-17.
“Oxymorons and the Pathetic Fallacy in Evelyn Scott’s The Narrow House: A Lacanian Reading.” Tennessee Philological Bulletin vol. LXII (2005). 30-39.
“‘Every civilised body is bound to have its vermin’: The Abject in Women in Love.” D. H. Lawrence Studies 12.2 (August 2004). Special issue edited by Michael Bell, Chong-wha Chung, Keith Cushman, and Nak-chung Paik. Seoul: The D. H. Lawrence Society of Korea. 39-57.
"Jesting Within: Voices of Parody and Irony as Expressions of Feminisms in Margaret Laurence's Protagonists." Challenging Territory: The Writing of Margaret Laurence. Ed. Christian Riegel. Edmonton, AB: U of Alberta P, 1997. 94-111.
"The Regionalist Community: Indigenous versus Outsider Consciousness in Grazia Deledda's La madre and D. H. Lawrence's Sea and Sardinia." Regionalism Reconsidered: New Approaches to the Field. Ed. David Jordan. New York: Garland, 1994. 87-104.