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Jacobs, Karen S Associate Professor

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Research

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  • Dr. Jacobs specializes in twentieth-century and contemporary American literature, visual culture, and critical theory. She is the author of The Eye's Mind: Literary Modernism and Visual Culture (Cornell 2001). She is currently completing two books: Trace Atlas: American Spatial Itineraries 'After' Postmodernism, investigates a selection of recent theoretical works and post-1980 American novels that imagine post-Cartesian engagements with space, mapping, and the atlas form. Afterimages: Nabokov • Sebald • Cole, considers how photographs and photographic absence mediate dense intertextual conversations about exile and diaspora in the work of these migrant novelists. She is the co-editor of the journal Genders, including “Genders Future Tense' 1.1, and “Gendering Postnature' 1.3; the editor of English Language Notes special issues, Photography and Literature (2006) and Imaginary Cartographies (spring 2014); and the editor of Liliane Louvel's Poetics of the Iconotext (2011).

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  • Twentieth- and twenty-first-century American literature, modernism and postmodernism, visual culture and text-image studies, postmodern space, postmodern body, contemporary ecofictions, the experimental novel, women writers, critical theory, literary and narrative theory, environmental and ecological theory, feminist, gender and sexuality theory, literature and representations of the Holocaust

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Teaching

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  • ENGL 4039 - Critical Thinking in English Studies
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Concerned with developments in the study of literature that have significantly influenced our conception of the theoretical bases for study and expanded our understanding of appropriate subject matter. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours.
  • ENGL 4685 - Special Topics in American Literature
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019
    Explores a special topic in American literature. May be repeated for a total of 9 units for different topics.
  • ENGL 4820 - Honors Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Prepares prospective honors students to write honors theses. Focuses on sharpening the skills needed to write a successful thesis, including research techniques and the ability to evaluate and respond to secondary materials. Required for Honors in English Literature.
  • ENGL 5549 - Studies in Special Topics 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Studies special topics that focus on a theme, genre, or theoretical issue not limited to a specific period or national tradition. Topics vary each semester. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours.

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