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Wesley King: Faculty and Staff

Wesley King
Assistant Professor



Research, Professional and Creative Activity:


  • “The White Symbolic of Emily Dickinson.” The Emily Dickinson Journal. (Spring 2009)

Conference Presentations

  • “The Greek and the Turk: Hiram Powers’s Greek Slave and Aesthetic Racialization.” Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies. University of Kentucky. March 2012.
  • “Noir Adaptation of the Southern Grotesque in John Huston's Wise Blood.” South Atlantic Modern Language Association. Atlanta, GA. November 2011.
  • “The American Renaissance and the Koran.” American Comparative Literature Association. Vancouver, BC. March 2011.
  • “Douglass’s 1893 ‘Lecture on Haiti,’ National Feeling, and the Aesthetic Transformation of the Political Subject.” Midwest Modern Language Association. Chicago, IL. November 2010
  • “Margaret Fuller, Whiteness, and the Anti-Slavery Aesthetic.” C-19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists. Penn State. May 2010.
  • “Time in Global Space.” Panel moderator and organizer. American Comparative Literature Association. New Orleans, LA. April 2010.
  • “Transformation and Hauntology in Chesnutt’s Conjure Tales.” American Comparative Literature Association. Harvard University. March 2009.
  • “Of Marble & Men: Jefferson’s Two Racist Discourses.” The Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature in the U.S. Boca Raton, FL. April 2006
  • “Emily Dickinson, Literary Masochism, and Whiteness.” American Comparative Literature Association. Princeton University. March 2006.
  • “Ahab’s Oedipus and objet a.” American Comparative Literature Association. Penn State. March 2005.
  • “Rhetoric of Cruelty.” Panel moderator and co-organizer. South Atlantic Modern Language Association. Virginia Tech. November 2004.
  • “Miscegenation and Borders in John Sayles’s Lone Star.” The Society for the Study of Popular Culture in the South. New Orleans, LA. September 2004.
  • “Translating Melville’s Whale.” University of Virginia Graduate Conference. March 2004.
  • “Mumbo & Monotheism: Ishmael Reed and Sigmund Freud.” American Studies Roundtable. University of Virginia Graduate Conference. March 2003.

Professional Profile:

Dr. Wesley King specializes in American literature, African American literature, and Film. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. His work in critical race studies and 19th-Century American Literature has appeared in The Emily Dickinson Journal. Additionally, he is a co-editor and contributor to Huston as Adaptor, which is under contract with SUNY Press.

Teaching and Related Service:

  • Instructor, Hereford Residential College of the University of Virginia, 2008-2011
  • Teaching Assistant, University of Virginia, 2003-2011

More Information:

Ph.D. University of Virginia, English Language and Literature, July 2011

B.A. Claremont McKenna College, Literature, with honors, May 1999