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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: MWF 9:30-10:30am, 1:15-2:15pm

Courses: Spring 2016
Eng 248: Survey of American Literature II (with William Lawton)
Eng 356: Modern American Novel

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)

Peer-Reviewed Essays:
"Weird Investigations and Nativist Semiotics in H.P. Lovecraft and Dashiell Hammett."
          Modern Fiction Studies
60.4 (Winter 2014): 651-676

"Milland Alone: The End of the System, Post-Studio Stardom, and the Total Auteur.” Journal           of Film and Video 66.4 (Winter 2014): 3-18.

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

"'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.

“‘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.

Book Chapters:
“Pulp Magazines,” American Literature in Transition: The 1920s. Ed. Ichiro Takayoshi.
          Cambridge UP. Forthcoming.

“‘The Paper Old and Faded and Falling to Pieces’: Absalom, Absalom! and the Pulping of           History,” Faulkner and History. Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Series. U of Mississippi           P. Forthcoming.

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

Other Publications
“Review of The Lost Detective: Becoming Dashiell Hammett by Nathan Ward,” Resources           for American Literary Study 39 (2016). Forthcoming.

Introduction and editorial consultation, Them That Lives By Their Guns: The Collected
          Hard-Boiled Stories of Race Williams, Vol. 1
 by Carroll John Daly. Altus Press, 2015.

“Review of Hard-Boiled Masculinities by Christopher Breu,” NeoAmericanist 1.2 (Spring           2006). Available online at <http://www.neoamericanist.org>.

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