Wesley King

Wesley King

Associate Professor, Honors Program Director

Professional Profile

Dr. Wesley King is the director of the Honors Program at Flagler College. He 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 John Huston as Adaptor, which was published by SUNY press in 2017.


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

Courses Taught

  • Early and Transcendental American Literature
  • African American Literature
  • Southern Writers
  • English Senior Seminar (Topics include: Emily Dickinson, Nathaniel Hawthorne)
  • Literary Criticism
  • Hitchcock & Psychoanalysis
  • John Huston's Adaptations (Selected Topics)
  • Western Literature
  • Modern Fiction
  • Cuban Literature (Selected Topics, with study-abroad component)
  • Early American Literature
  • Late American Literature
  • Topics in College Writing Honors/
  • Topics in College Writing (Topics include: "Discipline & Punishment," "Movies & Culture," "Conspiracy Theories")
  • Introduction to Literature (Topics include: "The Hunger Games," "Identity & Politics," "Music & Culture")
  • Selected Topics in English General Education (Topics include: "Conspiracy Theories in Film")
  • English Independent Study ("Lacanian Psychoanalysis," "Race & Psychoanalysis in American Literature")
  • Honors Capstone Committee
  • Honors Prospectus
  • Honors Great Works Study
  • Keystone Seminar
  • English Internship
  • Honors Internship
  • English Research Assistant



  • John Huston as Adaptor. Co-edited with Douglas McFarland. New York: SUNY, 2017.
  • "Editors' Introduction: Huston as Reader" (with Douglas McFarland). John Huston as Adaptor.
  • “O'Connor's Symbolic Motif and the Psychoanalytic Objects of Huston's Wise Blood.” John Huston as Adaptor.  
  • "'Proceed with the Execution': Casting, Convention, and the Diminishment of Rose in The African Queen" (with Douglas McFarland). John Huston as Adaptor.
  • "The White Symbolic of Emily Dickinson." Emily Dickinson Journal 18.1 (2009): 44-68. Republished in Poetry Criticism. Vol 131. Detroit, MI: Gale, 2012.

Conference Presentations

  • “Race and the Psychoanalytic Objects of Melville’s ‘Whiteness of the Whale.’” LACK II Conference. Colorado College. October 2017.
  • “Flannery O'Connor's Symbolic Motif and the Psychoanalytic Objects of John Huston’s Wise Blood.” Association of Adaptation Studies. Flagler College. September 2014.
  • “Aesthetic Theory, Race, and Melville's Thing of Whiteness." Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies. University of Houston. March 2014.
  • “The Logic of the Symbol in John Huston’s Wise Blood.” South Atlantic Modern Language Association. Raleigh-Durham, NC. November 2012.
  • “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.

More Information

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

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

Office Hours (On Campus):

  • Monday: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM