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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: TTh 11am-12:30pm

Courses: Fall 2014
Eng 344: Late Nineteenth Century American Literature
Eng 420: Advanced Studies in Theory and Cultural Studies. Darwin/Marx
          /Freud :Revolutions of Theory & Modernity

Specialization:
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.

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

Awards:
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-
          2011)
Open Resource Grant for “Hart Crane’s The Bridge: A Digital Resource,” JMU (2010-
          2011)
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)

Publications:
"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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