Dr. Jacobs specializes in 20th- to 21st-century American literature, visual culture, and critical theory. The author of The Eye's Mind: Literary Modernism and Visual Culture (Cornell 2001), her current research includes two books: Trace Atlas: American Spatial Itineraries 'After' Postmodernism; and Afterimages: Nabokov • Sebald • Cole. The co-editor of “Genders Future Tense' 1.1: 2016; editor of English Language Notes special issues, Photography and Literature (2006) and Imaginary Cartographies (2014); and editor of the translation, Liliane Louvel's Poetics of the Iconotext (2011), her essays have appeared in such venues as Narrative, NOVEL, Twentieth-Century Literature, GLQ, Journal of Visual Culture, and Culture, and Theory and Critique. Her work has been recognized by an NEH fellowship, and the 2014 Andrew J. Kappel Prize in Literary Criticism, among other fellowships and awards.
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
ENGL 4039 - Critical Thinking in English Studies
Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
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 4820 - Honors Seminar
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
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.