Dr.  J. Gerald  Kennedy 

Boyd Professor  - English

Bachelor's Degree(s): B. A. Grove City College, (cum laude)

Master's Degree: M. A. Duke University

PhD: Ph. D. Duke University

Phone: (225) 578-9021

E-mail: jgkenn@lsu.edu

Office: 245B2 Allen

Area of Interest

American Literature, short fiction, literary nationalism and modernism 

Awards & Honors

2011 Boyd Professorship in Humanities (LSU Most Distinguished Endowed Chair)
2009 Lillian Gary Taylor Fellowship, University of Virginia
2005-06 Louisiana Board of Regents ATLAS Fellowship
2003 NEH Senior Fellowship
2003 Lifetime Honorary Membership, Poe Studies Association
2003 James W. Gargano Award, Poe Studies Association
2002 Mellon Travel Grant, Harry Ransome Humanities Research Center
2001-02 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship
1999 LSU Distinguished Research Master
1993 LSU Foundation Distinguished Faculty Award
1990 LSU Summer Research Grant; Manship Summer Grant (supplement)
1988 NEH Travel to Collections Grant
1987 LEH Mini-grant for Graduate Humanities Program Lecture Series
1982 Pushcart Prize Selection
1980 LSU Summer Research Grant
1977 NEH Summer Stipend
1976 LSU Summer Research Grant
1974 LSU Summer Research Grant
1973 Phi Beta Kappa, Duke University

Selected Publications

The Life of Black Hawk, ed. (New York: Penguin, 2008).
The Portable Edgar Allan Poe, ed. (New York: Penguin, 2006).
Romancing the Shadow: Poe and Race, ed. with Liliane Weissberg (New York:
Oxford University Press, 2001).
Oxford Historical Guide to Edgar Allan Poe, ed. (New York: Oxford University Press,
French Connections: Hemingway and Fitzgerald Abroad, ed. with Jackson R. Bryer (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1998; paperback, 1999).
Modern American Short Story Sequences: Composite Fictions and Fictions of Community, ed. (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1995).
The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym and the Abyss of Interpretation (New York:
Twayne, 1995).
The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym and Related Tales, ed. (Oxford: Oxford University
Press, 1994).
Imagining Paris: Exile, Writing, and American Identity (New Haven: Yale University
Press, 1993; paperback, 1994).
Poe, Death, and the Life of Writing (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1987).
American Letters and the Historical Consciousness, ed. with Daniel Mark Fogel (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1987).
The Astonished Traveler: William Darby, Frontier Geographer and Man of Letter
(Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1981).

Forthcoming books:
Illusions of National Destiny: Nation-building and Cultural Conflict in the Age of Poe
(Oxford University Press, 2011).
The American Novel to 1870, co-edited with Leland S. Person, Vol. 5, Oxford History of
the Novel in English
, gen. ed. Patrick Parrinder (Oxford University Press, 2011).

The American Turn of Edgar Allan Poe (Baltimore: Edgar Allan Poe Society, 2002).

Essays and Articles:
“Unwinnable Wars, Unspeakable Wounds: Locating ‘The Man That Was Used Up,” Poe
39-40 (Fall 2008): 77-89.
“Cooper’s Europe and his Quarrel with America” A Historical Guide to James Fenimore
, ed. Leland S. Person (New York: Oxford UP, 2007), 91-122.
“Angling for Affection: Absent Fathers, Fatherhood, and Fishing in A Farewell to
Arms,” in Hemingway’s Italy, ed. Rena Sanderson (Baton Rouge: LSU Press, 2006), 119-30.
“The Short Story and the Short-Story Sequence, 1865-1914” in Blackwell Companion to American Fiction,1865-1914, ed. Robert Paul Lamb and G. R. Thompson (Oxford: Blackwell, 2005), 149-74.
“‘A Mania for Composition’: Poe’s Annus Mirabilis and the Violence of Nation
Building, American Literary History 17 (Spring 2005): 1-35.
“Fitzgerald’s ‘One Trip Abroad’ and the Sense of an Ending,” F. Scott Fitzgerald Review
3 (2004):17-26.
“National Narrative and the Problem of American Nationhood,” in Blackwell
Companion to American Literature, 1790-1865
, ed. Shirley Samuels (Oxford: Blackwell, 2004), 7-19.
“Poe, Fitzgerald, and the American Nightmare,” Edgar Allan Poe Review 5 (Fall 2004):
“Incubi nazionali di Poe,” in Fantastico Poe, ed. Roberto Cagliero (Verona: Ombre
Corte, 2004), 21-37. [trans.Hilia Brinis]
“Early Nineteenth-Century American Literature,” in American Literary Scholarship 2001, ed. David J. Nordloh (Durham: Duke University Press, 2003), 251-79.
“Early Nineteenth-Century American Literature,” in American Literary Scholarship 2000, ed. David J. Nordloh (Durham: Duke University Press, 2002), 227-52.
“Fitzgerald’s Expatriate Years and the European Stories,” in The Cambridge Companion
to F. Scott Fitzgerald
, ed. Ruth Prigozy (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001), 118-42.
“Imperiled Communities in Edward P. Jones’s Lost in the City and Dagoberto Gilb’s The
Magic of Blood,” Yearbook of English Studies, 31 (2001):10-23 (with R. Beuka)
“Doing Country: Hemingway’s Geographical Imagination,” Southern Review 35 (Spring
1999): 325-29.
“Figuring the Damage: Fitzgerald’s ‘Babylon Revisited’ and Hemingway’s ‘The Snows
of Kilimanjaro,’” in French Connections: Hemingway and Fitzgerald Abroad, edited with Jackson R. Bryer (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1998), 317-43.
“The Violence of Melancholy: Poe Against Himself,” American Literary History 8 (1996): 533-51.
“Hemingway, Hadley, and Paris: The Persistence of Desire,” in The Cambridge
Companion to Hemingway
, ed. Scott Donaldson (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996), 197-220.
“From Anderson’s Winesburg to Carver’s Cathedral: The Short Sequence and the
Semblance of Community, in Modern American Short Story Sequences: Composite Fictions and Fictions of Community (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1995), 194-215.
“The Limits of Reason: Poe’s Deluded Detectives,” in On Poe: The Best from
American Literature
, ed. Louis J. Budd and Edwin H. Cady (Durham: Duke University Press, 1993), 172-84.  Reprinted from American Literature 47 (1975): 184-96.
“Poe, ‘Ligeia,’ and the Problem of Dying Women,” in New Essays on Poe's Major Tales, ed. Kenneth Silverman (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992), 113-29.
“Pym Pourri: Decomposing the Textual Body,” in Poe’s “Pym”: Critical Explorations,
ed. Richard Kopley (Durham: Duke University Press, 1992), 167-74.
“Out of the Picture: Mrs. Krebs, Mother Stein, and ‘Soldier’s Home,’” Hemingway
12 (1992):1-11. (with Kirk Curnutt)
“Hemingway’s Gender Trouble,” American Literature 63 (1991):187-207.
“Place, Self, and Writing,” The Southern Review 26 (1990): 496-516.
“Elegy for a ‘Rebel Soul’: Henry Clay Preuss and the Poe Debate,” Poe and His Times,
ed. Benjamin F. Fisher IV (Baltimore: Edgar Allan Poe Society, 1990), 226-34.
“The Semiotics of Memory: Suicide in The Second Coming,” in Critical Essays on WalkerPercy, ed. J. Donald Crowley and Sue Mitchell Crowley (Boston: G. K. Hall, 1989), 208-25.  Reprinted from Delta 13 (1981): 103-25.
“Toward a Poetics of the Short Story Cycle,” Journal of the Short Story in English 11
(1988): 9-25.
“Life as Fiction: The Lure of Hemingway’s Garden,” The Southern Review 24 (1988):
“Phantasms of Death in Poe’s Fiction,” in The Tales of Poe, ed. Harold Bloom (New
York: Chelsea House, 1987), 111-33.  Reprinted from The Haunted Dusk: American Supernatural Fiction, 1820-1920, ed. Howard Kerr, John W. Crowley, and Charles L. Crow (Athens, Ga.: University of Georgia Press, 1983), 37-65.
“Parody as Exorcism: ‘The Raven’ and ‘The Jewbird,’” in Critical Essays on Bernard
Malamud, ed. Joel Salzberg (Boston: G. K. Hall, 1987), 108-15.  Reprinted from Genre 13 (1980): 161-69.
“An Interview with Walker Percy,” in Conversations with Walker Percy, ed. Lewis A.
Lawson and Victor A. Kramer (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1985), 226-44.  Reprinted from Delta 13 (1981): 1-20. (with Ben Forkner)
“The Invisible Message: The Problem of Truth in Pym,” in The Naiad Voice: Essays on
Poe's Satiric Hoaxing
, ed. Dennis W. Eddings (Port Washington, N. Y.: Associated Faculty Press, 1983), 124-35. Reprinted in revised form from Topic 30 (1976): 41-53.
“What Hemingway Omitted from ‘Cat in the Rain,’” Les Cahiers de la Nouvelle 1
“Roland Barthes, Autobiography, and the End of Writing,” in The Pushcart Prize, VII:
Best of the Small Presses, ed. Bill Henderson (Wainscott, New York: Pushcart Press, 1982), 429-48.  Reprinted from Georgia Review 35 (1981): 381-98.
“Glimpses of the ‘Heroic Age’: William Darby's Letters to Lyman C. Draper,” The
Western Pennsylvania Historical Magazine
63 (1980): 37-48.
“The Sundered Self and the Riven World: Love in the Ruins,” in The Art of Walker Percy: Stratagems for Being, ed. Panthea Reid Broughton (Baton Rouge: LSU Press, 1979), 115-36.
  “Cooper's Anti-Intellectualism: The Comic Man of Learning,” Studies in American Humor 3 (1979): 69-75.
  “Poe and Magazine Writing on Premature Burial,” Studies in the American Renaissance 1 (1977): 165-78.  
“The Magazine Tales of the 1830s,” American Transcendental Quarterly 24 (1974):
  “The Preface as a Key to the Satire in Pym,” Studies in the Novel 5 (1973): 191-96.
  “Jeffery Aspern and Edgar Allan Poe: A Speculation,” Poe Studies 6 (1973):17-18.

Documentary essay:
“Edgar Allan Poe,” in Mystery and Suspense Writers, Vol. 2, ed. Robin W. Winks and
Maureen Corrigan (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1998), 733-55.

“James D. B. DeBow.” Southern Writers: A Biographical Dictionary. Ed. Robert
Bain, Joseph M. Flora, and Louis D. Rubin, Jr. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press (1979):122-3.  

Improvised Europeans: American Literary Expatriates and the Siege of London, by Alex
Zwerdling. Journal of English and Germanic Philology 99 (2000): 604-07.
Letters from the Lost Generation: Gerald and Sara Murphy and Friends, ed. Linda
Patterson Miller.  Resources for American Literary Study 21 (1995): 326-28.
Paris in American Literature, by Jean Méral. American Literature 62 (1990): 702-03.
Geniuses Together: American Writers in Paris in the 1920s, by Humphrey Carpenter.
American Literature 61 (1989): 114-15.
“Poe, Materiality, and the Fate of Mind,” essay-review of Fables of Mind: An Inquiry into Poe’s Fiction, by Joan Dayan. Poe Studies 21 (1988): 21-22.
The Poe Log, by Dwight Thomas and David K. Jackson. Poe Studies Association
15 (1987): 3-4.
The Problematic Fictions of Poe, James, and Hawthorne, by Judith L. Sutherland.
American Literature 58 (1986): 288-89.
The Sign of Three: Dupin, Holmes, Peirce, ed. Umberto Eco and Thomas A. Sebeok.
Philosophy and Literature 10 (1986): 122-23.
Epistolarity: Approaches to a Form, by Judith Gurkin Altman. L'Esprit Créateur 23 (1983):109-10.
The Literature of Terror: A History of Gothic Forms from 1765 to the Present Day, by
David Punter. ECCB, n.s. 7(1981):367-68.
Literary Impressionism, James and Chekhov, by Peter Stowell. The Henry James Review
Walt Whitman’s Champion: William Douglas O'Connor, by Jerome M. Loving. South
Central Bulletin
Building Poe Biography, by John C. Miller. American Literature 50(1978):655-56.
Variety of Attempt: British and American Fiction in the Early Nineteenth Century, by
Neal Frank Doubleday.  American Literature 49 (1977):273-75.
Poe’s Fiction: Romantic Irony in the Gothic Tales. by G. R. Thompson. Studies in
American Humor