English Department
Professor Jennifer Mitchell '04

Jennifer Mitchell '04

Job Title
Associate Professor of English
Karp Hall 108

Research interests

Modernist and contemporary British and anglophone literature; gender, sexuality, and queer studies; critical theory; children’s and adolescent literature; popular culture.



Ordinary Masochisms: Agency and Desire in Victorian and Modernist Fiction. University Press of Florida, October, 2020.

Edited Collections

The Female Fantastic: Gendering the Supernatural in the 1890s and 1920s. Co-Editor, with Lizzie Harris McCormick and Rebecca Soares. Routledge, 2019.

Girls and the Awkward Politics of Privilege, Gender, and Race. Co-Editor, with Elwood Watson and Marc Shaw. Lexington Books, 2015.

Journal Articles

“Cruelty, Subjectivity, and Masochistic Possibility in The Rainbow.” The D.H. Lawrence Review 41.2 (2018): 49-71.

“‘The Best Lesbian Show Ever!’: The Contemporary Evolution of Teen Coming-Out Narratives,” The Journal of Lesbian Studies. 19.4 (2015): 454-469.

“Flush, Courtship, and Suffering: Woolf in the Early 1930s.” Virginia Woolf Miscellany. 87 (2015).

“‘A girl. A machine. A freak.’: A Consideration of Contemporary Queer Composites.” Bookbird. 52.1 (2014): 51-62.

“‘A Sort of Mouse-Person’: Radicalizing Gender in Roald Dahl’s The Witches.” Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts. 23.1 (2012): 25-39.

“Queering Queer Theory, or Why Bisexuality Matters.” Journal of Bisexuality. 9.3/4 (2009): 297–315. Co-author, with Laura Erickson-Schroth.

Book Chapters

“Fantastic Transformations: Queer Desires and ‘Uncanny Time’ in Work by Radclyffe Hall and Virginia Woolf.” The Female Fantastic: Gendering the Supernatural in the 1890s and 1920s. Eds. Lizzie Harris McCormick, Jennifer Mitchell, and Rebecca Soares. 2019. 152-166.

“She’s Just Not That Into You: Dating, Damage, and Gender,” Girls and the Awkward Politics of Privilege, Gender, and Race. Eds. Jennifer Mitchell, Elwood Watson, and Marc Shaw. Rowman and Littlefield.
2015. 9-26.

“‘A Mom-Shaped Hole’: The Dystopian Maternal.” Mothers in Children’s and Young Adult Literature. Eds. Karen Coats and Lisa Fraustino. Jackson: U P of Mississippi, 2015. 236-252.
[The Children’s Literature Association Edited Book Award Winner, 2018]

“Masochism and Marriage in The Rainbow and Ulysses.” Modernists at Odds: Reconsidering Joyce and Lawrence. Eds. Heather Lusty and Matthew J. Kochis. Gainesville: U P of Florida, 2015. 175-95. Co-author with Johannes Hendrikus Burgers.

“The Trouble with ‘Victim’: Triangulated Masochism in Jean Rhys’s Quartet.” Rhys Matters: New Critical Perspectives. Eds. Kerry Johnson and Mary Wilson. Jefferson: McFarland & Company, 2013. 189-211.

“Of Queer Necessity: Panem’s Hunger Games as Gender Games.” Of Bread, Blood, and The Hunger Games: Critical Essays on the Suzanne Collins Trilogy.Eds. Mary Clark and Leila Pharr. Jefferson: McFarland & Company, 2012. 128-38.

Additional media

Academic credentials

B.A., Union College; M.A., Washington University; Ph.D. The CUNY Graduate Center