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Wesley King

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

Office Hours (Virtual):

  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM