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 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 QuarterlyJournal of American StudiesMississippi 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.  


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/

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