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Dr. Wesley King
Professor English

Department:

English

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EDUCATION
Ph.D. University of Virginia, English Language and Literature, July 2011
B.A. Claremont McKenna College, Literature, with honors, May 1999


DISSERTATION
“The White Symbolic: Aesthetic Racialization in Nineteenth-Century American Literature” examines how aesthetic discourses shaped the experience of race in the nineteenth-century U.S. It traces an aesthetics of whiteness in texts by Frederick Douglass, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, and Emily Dickinson. Drawing upon critical race studies and contemporary theories of identity, my project places American writers who tested the boundaries of racial meaning into conversation by way of the theories of perception and sense that informed their work. My project shows why a return to aesthetics and structures of affect is crucial to understanding how the period approached race.
Committee: Eric Lott (director), Marlon Ross, Michael Levenson, Randolph Pope
Defended: July 28, 2011


ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS
Assistant Professor, Flagler College, 2011-present
Instructor, Hereford Residential College of the University of Virginia, 2008-2011
Teaching Assistant, University of Virginia, 2003-2011


AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
19th-century American literature and culture
African American literature
Critical Theory
Film


HONORS AND AWARDS
Fellow, Hereford Residential College, University of Virginia, Fall 2007 - Spring 2011
Department of English Summer Research Fellowship, Summer 2011
Department of English Graduate Fellowship, University of Virginia, Summer 2010
Bradley Fellowship for Summer Dissertation Research, University of Virginia, Summer 2008
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Fellowship for Summer Dissertation Research, University of Virginia, Summer 2007
English Department Nominee for the University of Virginia Faculty Senate Dissertation-Year Fellowship, Spring 2007 & Spring 2008
Tuition Scholarship, Board and Travel Grant. Awarded by the University of Virginia to attend and present at The Futures of American Studies, Dartmouth College, Summer 2006
Tuition Scholarship, Board and Travel Grant. Awarded by the University of Virginia to attend the School of Criticism and Theory, Cornell University, Summer 2004


PUBLICATIONS
“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.