Martyn Richard Bone

Martyn Richard Bone

Associate Professor

Martyn Bone, associate professor of American literature

My main research areas are the literature and culture of the U.S. South, African American literature, and transnational American studies. I teach a range of courses in American literature, African American literature, U.S. southern literature, American studies, and U.S. popular music.

I am the author of Where the New World Is: Literature about the U.S. South at Global Scales (University of Georgia Press, 2018: Where the New World Is) and The Postsouthern Sense of Place in Contemporary Fiction (Louisiana State University Press, 2005: Postsouthern). My third monograph, Matters of Black Southern Life and Death: The Writing of Jesmyn Ward, will be published by the University of Iowa Press in spring 2025. This project was supported by a 2022-23 Carlsberg Foundation monograph fellowship: Carlsberg monograph fellowship

I am the editor of Perspectives on Barry Hannah (University Press of Mississippi, 2007) and coeditor of the University Press of Florida mini-series Creating Citizenship in the Nineteenth-Century South (2013); The American South in the Atlantic World (2013); and Creating and Consuming the American South (2015). 

I have contributed to numerous books including Jesmyn Ward: New Critical Essays (Edinburgh University Press, 2023), A History of the Literature of the U.S. South (Cambridge University Press, 2021), The Oxford Handbook of the Literature of the U.S. South (Oxford University Press, 2016), the New Cambridge Companion to William Faulkner (Cambridge University Press, 2015), and the Cambridge Companion to American Fiction after 1945 (Cambridge University Press, 2011). My articles have appeared in American Literature, Journal of American Studies, CR: New Centennial Review, African American Review, and other journals.

I was previously associate professor of English at the University of Mississippi and lecturer in American studies at the University of Nottingham. I have been a visiting professor/scholar at Mississippi, the University of Sydney (twice), and the University of Manchester.

I am a member of the department's research forum in environmental humanities. At the end of 2022, I was elected to the faculty PhD committee, which I have chaired since August 2023.

Primary fields of research

American literature
American studies
Literature and culture of the U.S. South
African American literature
Transnational American studies

Current research

Literature and culture of the U.S. South in global contexts
The writing of Jesmyn Ward



American literature and culture
American studies
Literature and culture of the U.S. South
Transnational American studies
African American literature and culture

Fields of interest

Contemporary American literature
Literary geography
The Black Atlantic
American popular music since the 1960s

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