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Brooks Hefner  

Associate Professor of English
Director of Graduate Studies

Office: Keezell 210
Phone: 540-568-3759
Email: hefnerbe@jmu.edu
Office Hours:

Courses: Fall 2015
Eng 662: Studies in 20th- and 21st-Century Literature of the United States: From 
            Little Mags to Pulp Rags: American(s) Publishing in the Modernist Era

American fiction, 1865-1945; popular literary genres (esp. hard-boiled crime and detective           fiction, dime novels, and westerns); American modernism; American periodical
          culture; silent film and film history; popular film genres (western, detective/noir,
          horror, etc.); American language and slang; literature and the American Left; jazz and           literature; early sound recording history and technology.

Ph.D., English, City University of New York, 2009
B.A., German, Transylvania University, 2001
B.A., English, Transylvania University, 1999

Erle Stanley Gardner Endowment for Mystery Studies Fellowship, Harry Ransom Center
          for the Humanities (2011)
Edna T. Shaeffer Humanist Award, JMU (2011)
JMU Library Collections Development Grant, Black Mask pulp collection, JMU (2010-
Open Resource Grant for “Hart Crane’s The Bridge: A Digital Resource,” JMU (2010-
The Alfred Kazin Prize for the Best Dissertation in American Literature and Culture,
          CUNY (2009)
Sponsored Dissertation Fellowship, CUNY (2008-2009)
Sue Rosenberg Zalk Student Travel and Research Grant, CUNY (2007, 2008, 2009)
Doctoral Student Research Grant, CUNY (2007)
Provost’s Fellowship, CUNY (2004-2009)
Rollin Prize (Best graduate essay in American Culture), Popular Culture Association
          and American Culture Association in the South Conference (2006)

“‘The Paper Old and Faded and Falling to Pieces’: Absalom, Absalom! and the Pulping of           History," forthcoming in Faulkner and History. Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Series.           U of Mississippi Press, 2016.

“Outlaws Without a Cause: Generational Conflict in Budd Boetticher’s Ranown Cycle,”
          forthcoming in The Films of Budd Boetticher. Refocus Film Series. Edinburgh UP,

"Weird Investigations and Nativist Semiotics in H.P. Lovecraft and Dashiell Hammett,"                     forthcoming in Modern Fiction Studies.

"Milland Alone: The End of the System, Post-Studio Stardom, and the Total Auteur,”
          forthcoming in the Journal of Film and Video.

"'I Used to Be a Highbrow But Look at Me Now': Phrenology, Detection, and Cultural
          Hierarchy in S.S. Van Dine,” Clues: A Journal of Detection 30.1 (Spring 2012): 30-41.

“Rethinking Blacula: Ideological Critique at the Intersection of Genres,” Journal of Popular             Film and Television 40.2 (Summer 2012): 62-74.

“‘Slipping back into the vernacular’: Anzia Yezierska’s Vernacular Modernism.”
         MELUS 36.3 (Fall 2011): 187-211.

“‘Any Chance to Be Unrefined’: Film Narrative Modes in Anita Loos’s Fiction,” PMLA
          125.1 (January 2010): 107-120.

“Review of Hard-Boiled Masculinities by Christopher Breu,” NeoAmericanist 1.2
          (Spring 2006). Online.

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