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.

During the 2022-23 academic year, I am on research leave supported by a Carlsberg Foundation monograph fellowship, as well as a visiting scholar fellowship from the University of Sydney (in the fall 2022 semester). My research project concerns the writing of US author Jesmyn Ward: see Carlsberg Foundation project description

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_ publisher website and The Postsouthern Sense of Place in Contemporary Fiction (Louisiana State University Press, 2005) _The Postsouthern Sense of Place_ publisher website

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 am a member and former coordinator of the department's research forum in twenty-first century Anglophone world literatures. At the end of 2022, I was elected to the faculty PhD committee.

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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