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Erin Kingsley
Associate Professor

423.652.4828
Biography

Virginia Woolf wrote that “the value of education is among the greatest of all human values” (Three Guineas), and my life is a testament to the veracity of this statement. From humble roots growing up on a farm in southern Idaho, education has radically altered the trajectory of my life and continues to inform my passions and hobbies, giving form and substance to my days. I am honored to come alongside my students as friends, knowing I will learn as much from them as they will from me. Our time in the classroom enriches both of our journeys: I teach them about literature while they teach me about life, about humanity in all its beautiful forms. It’s a gift, this brief interval before they graduate and move on, a gift that I never take for granted.

My scholarly interests include digital pedagogies, global modernisms, women’s studies, post-colonialism, and the body. My dissertation (currently a monograph project) examined the portrayal of gestation and parturition in British modernist texts. Other articles I’ve written have looked at the grotesque and deviant body in Robert Coover, pregnancy as a manifestation of otherness in Olive Moore, the disembodied pregnant rhetoric of Woolf, and the acerbic writerly wit of little-known modernist journalist Beatrice Hastings. I am also a certified course reviewer for the Quality Matters rubric, and as a PhD student, I won a fellowship to serve as an Instructional Designer for University of Colorado literature courses. Quality online instruction is near and dear to my heart, and I firmly believe online teaching and learning can be life-changing if done correctly. I also believe in a “pedagogy of kindness,” striving to adhere to a mentality of compassion and graciousness in all interactions with students, fellow faculty, and really any human that crosses my path.

At King, I teach a panoply of online and face-to-face literature courses, including Shakespeare, a sophomore literature survey that spans from Sophocles’ Antigone (c. 441 b.c.) to Thi Bui’s The Best We Can Do (2017), modern and contemporary British and American literatures, world literature, Appalachian film, and honors composition. I am the co-founder and faculty advisor for King’s undergraduate creative writing journal, The Holston, and I am also the faculty advisor for Alpha Lambda Tau, the literature department’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta honor society. I led a student travel trip to England, Scotland, and Ireland in 2018, and co-led a trip to Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Vietnam in 2019. I eagerly anticipate leading more trips once circumstances permit, as I have experienced firsthand the life-changing power of seeing the world.

Outside of King, I am an Associate Editor for the Feminist Modernist Studies journal, and served as Managing Editor in 2o2o (https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rfmd20/1/1-2). I am a founding member of the Feminist inter/Modernist Association (https://fimassociation.org/), sit on its board, and serve on its conference planning committee. I am a Membership Coordinator for the International Virginia Woolf Society, and also serve on its conference planning committee. Here in Bristol, I am on the board of the Sullivan County Imagination Library (which raises funds to send books to children in the county ages 0-5), and am also its Secretary. I am a regular volunteer at my church and am the co-chair of the Evangelism and Outreach Committee.

I share a cozy home in the woods with my husband, our two kids, and our dog, where evening dance parties, water gun battles, and rousing bouts of Frisbee are known to break out spontaneously. Eating delicious food is a passion of mine, as is voraciously reading all the things, travel, photography, film, and design.

Education
  • Ph.D. in Literature, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2014
  • M.A. in Literary Studies, University of Colorado at Denver, 2006
  • B.A. in Literature, George Fox University, Newberg, OR, 2001
Recent Publications and Presentations

Articles and Book Chapters

“‘in the centre of a circle’: Olive Moore’s Spleen and Gestational Immigration.” Feminist Modernist Studies 1.1-2 (Spring 2018): 138-156.

“Beatrice Hastings and the Maternity War in The New Age.” In Beatrice Hastings: On the Life & Work of a Modern Master. Ed. Benjamin Johnson. Warrensburg, MO: Pleiades Press, 2016.

“Birth Giving and the Racialized Other in Jean Rhys’s Voyage in the Dark and Good Morning, Midnight.” Philological Quarterly 94.3 (Fall 2015): 291-312.

“Bloodless Birth: Reproduction and the Masculine Mind in Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own.” Virginia Woolf Miscellany 86 (Fall 2014/Winter 2015): 39-41.

“‘Nothing could be that grotesque and live’: Mapping Abject Body Space in Robert Coover’s Pinocchio in Venice.” Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction 55.1 (2014): 33-45.

Review Essays:

Rev. of Virginia Woolf and Heritage (eds. Jane de Gay, Tom Breckin and Anne Reus) and ‘Eternally in yr debt’: The Personal and Professional Relationship Between Virginia Woolf and Elizabeth Robins (Hilary Newman), in Virginia Woolf Miscellany 94 (Fall 2018/Winter 2019): 36-37.

Rev. of Alexandra Harris, Virginia Woolf, in Virginia Woolf Miscellany 88 (Fall 2015): 33-34.

Rev. of Mel Y. Chen, Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial Mattering, and Queer Affect, in H-Net Reviews (Dec. 2014).

Works in Progress

Gestational Modernism: Pregnancy and Childbirth in the British Modernist Novel (monograph)

Recent Presentations: 

“considerable fame among my profession”: The Female Writer in “The Journal of Mistress Joan Martyn.” Forthcoming at the 2021 Annual Conference for Virginia Woolf. Vermillion, SD. (2021)

“Beatrice Tina, the Feminist Killjoy, and the Hysterical Suffragette.” Forthcoming at Feminist inter/Modernist Association 2. Chicago, IL. (2021)

“‘Hysterical Inconsistency’: Beatrice Tina’s Dubious Feminism.” Modernist Studies Association International Conference. Toronto, Canada. (2019)

“Flesh and Steel.” Seminar Roundtable. Modernist Studies Association Annual Convention. Pasadena, CA. (2016)

“Queering Mrs. Dalloway.” The 29th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf. Cincinnati, OH. (2019)

“Resistance and its Embodiments: 100 Years of Pregnancy.” Intersections of Resistance in the Space Between, 1914-1945. Joint Conference of the Space Between Society and the Feminist inter/Modernist Association. Greeley, CO. (2018)

“Fits and Misfits: Unruly Modernism, Gestational Deviance.” Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900. Louisville, KY. (2018)

“Why the Pregnant Body Matters in Modernist Studies.” Keynote Speech. Southern Appalachian Student Conference on Literature. Johnson City, TN. (2018)

Certifications and Training:

OLC Online Teaching Certificate. Online Learning Consortium. (2016)

Applying the Quality Matters Rubric to Online Courses Certificate. Quality Matters. (2014)

Certificate in College Teaching. Graduate Teacher Program. University of Colorado at Boulder. (2011)

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