Faculty and Staff Profiles

Jeffrey Scraba
Assoc Professor, English
Email: jscraba@memphis.edu
Office Location: 414 Patterson Hall
  • PhD English - Rutgers University - 2006

Work Experience

  • Associate Professor, English - University of Memphis - 2012-
  • Assistant Professor, English - University of Memphis - 2006-12
Journal Articles
  • Comprehensive bibliographical entry on “Washington Irving” for Oxford Bibliographies Online: American Literature (Oxford UP). Under contract; to be submitted in 2014.
  • “‘It’s all f***ing amalgamation and capital, ain’t it?’: Deadwood, the Pinkertons, and the Closing of the Frontier.” Co-authored with John D. Miles. Forthcoming in The Last Western: Deadwood and the End of American Empire. New York: Continuum, 2012.
  • "Repetition and Remembrance in Poe's Poetry."  The Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe.  Ed. Steven Frye.  Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2010.
  • "'Dear Old Romantic Spain': Washington Irving Imagines Andalucia."  Romanticism and the Anglo-Hispanic Imaginary.  Ed. Joselyn Almeida-Beveridge.  Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2010
  • "Quixotic History and Cultural Memory: Knickerbocker's History of New York."  Early American Studies 7.2 (Fall 2009).
  • "How to Do Things With Worlds: Walter Scott's Experiments in Historiographic Theory."  Working Papers on the Web 9 (Dec. 2006).
  • "Beckwourth's Passing." Western Literature Association Conference, Berkeley, CA, October 2013.
  • “‘The Stout Gentleman’: The Sketch as Transatlantic Dialogue.” American Literature Association, Boston, May 2013.
  • “Justified: The Genre of Law.” Western Literature Association Conference, Lubbock, TX, November 2012.
  • "Outlaw Authorship: Debt and Persona in Chronicles of the Canongate."  Ninth International Scott Conference, Laramie, WY, July 2011
  • "Translating the Frontier in Washington Irving's Tour on the Prairies."  American Literature Association, San Francisco, May 2010
  • "Mapping Time in Irving's The Alhambra."  Symposium Internacional: Washington Irving en la Alhambra, Granada, Spain, February 2010
  • "Remembrance and Reconstruction: Walter Scott's Antiquaries."  North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, Durham, NC, May 2009
  • "'Dear Old Romantic Spain': Washington Irving's Alhambra." Transnational Identities/Imagining Communities (North American Society for the Study of Romanticism/Centro Interdisciplinare di Studi Romantici), Bologna, Italy, March 2008
  • "Reproducing Histories: Walter Scott's Gabions." International Conference on Romanticism, Towson, MD, October 2007
  • "Abbotsford on the Hudson." Scottish Romanticism in World Literatures, Berkeley, CA, September 2006

Appendix A - Teaching Experience

  • ENGL 3220 - British Lit. since 1750
  • ENGL 3330 - Place and Time in American Lit. (The American Western)
  • ENGL 4001 - Honors Seminar (Memphis and the Languages of Place)
  • ENGL 7396 - Form and Genre in American Lit.
  • ENGL 7480 - Cultural Theories: Memory
  • ENGL 3221 - Engl. Lit. of the Romantic Age
  • ENGL 4322 - Major American Writers Since 1860 (Hardboiled!)
  • ENGL 7/8391 - Modern American Novel
  • ENGL 7478/8478 - Textuality and Identity (Quixotes and Quixotism)
  • ENGL 4345 - Studies in American Fiction (American Gothic)
  • ENGL 7481/8481 - Early Popular Literary Traditions (The Gothic)
  • ENGL 7474/8474 - Cultural Texts (Travel, Identity, and Nation in Romantic Writings)
  • ENGL 7000/8000 - Literary Research
  • ENGL 7323/8323 - The Idea of the Frontier in American Culture
  • ENGL 2201 - Literary Heritage
  • ENGL 3327 - American Literature to 1890
Appendix B - Student Advising/Mentoring
  • Kelli O'Brien, PhD Comprehensive Exam Committee Chair. Defense expected Spring 2014.
  • Angelyn Arnold, PhD Comprehensive Exam Committee Chair. Expected defense Spring 2014.
  • Gina Renee Denton, PhD Dissertation Co-Director: "Southern Carnivalesque: Laughter and the Performance of Race in American Fiction, 1885-2010." Defended 2013.
  • Renee Boice, PhD Dissertation Committee: "Horse Power: The Rise and Fall of an Idealized Western Man." Defended 2013.
  • Peter Olsen, PhD Committee: "Transatlantic Politics of Literary Originality in Antebellum Journalism & Fiction: Hawthorne, Poe, Melville, and Elizabeth Stoddard's Dark Passages." Defended 2013.
  • Greg Conley, PhD Committee: “Alien Evolutions: The Evolutionary Transformation of Gothic Horrors into Science Fiction Aliens." Defended 2013.
  • Ben Marshall, MFA Thesis Committee. Defended 2012.
  • Emily Thrash, MFA Thesis Committee. Defended 2011.
  • Bradley Bailey, MA Thesis Director: "Oppositional Rhetoric in Abolitionist Pseudo-Slave Narratives."  Defended Summer 2008.
  • Andy Black, MA Thesis Director: "The Way, The Truth, and The Guide: The Rhetoric of The Federalist Papers."  Defended Summer 2008.