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Department of English Language and Literature

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Robert Brinkmeyer

Director of Southern Studies
Emily Brown Jefferies Professor of English
Department of English Language and Literature

Phone Number: (803) 777-2340
Office: Gambrell 119


PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1980

Areas of Specialization 

   Modern Southern literature and culture
   American Regionalism
   Western literature
   Editorial Board, The Flannery O'Connor Review.
   Editorial Board, The Mississippi Quarterly.
   Series Editor, Southern Revivals, University of South Carolina Press
   Editorial Board, "New Directions in Southern Studies" book series, University of North Carolina Press.

Recently Taught Courses 

ENGL 285    Themes in American Writing: Literature of the West and the Western Hero
SOST 405/ENGL 429    Southern Writers and the West
SOST 500  The National and Global South

Professional Accolades 

   2010 PROSE Award, given by the Association of American Publishers, for the best book published in literature, language, and linguistics in 2009 (for The Fourth Ghost: White Southern Writers and European Fascism, 1930-1950).
   2008 Warren-Brooks Award for Academic Excellence (for The Fourth Ghost: White Southern Writers and European Fascism, 1930-1950).
   John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, 2003-2004.
   Lamar Lecture Series Speaker, Mercer University, October 1998.
   Bicentennial Chair in American Studies, Senior Fulbright Appointment, University of Helsinki, 1994-1995.

Current Research Projects 

I have recently been working on Flannery O’Connor, something I haven’t done in a while.  This past summer, I taught at a NEH Summer Institute on Reconsidering Flannery O’Connor, and I gave a public lecture comparing the fiction of O’Connor with that of Eudora Welty, including looks at their recent critical receptions.  I will be revising this talk for publication in the coming months.  I am continuing work on my longer project on craftsmanship and handwork in the construction of Southern identity, as seen in representative writers of the twentieth century, including Booker T. Washington, the Nashville Agrarians, James Agee, Eudora Welty, and Cormac McCarthy.  I may sneak O’Connor into this project, though I’m not sure at this point.

Selected Publications 

   The Fourth Ghost: White Southern Writers and European Fascism, 1930-1950. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2009.
   Remapping Southern Literature: Contemporary Southern Writers and the West. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2000. Delivered as the 42nd Annual Lamar Lectures at Mercer University (October 1998). Paperback edition, with new preface, published in November 2007.
   Katherine Anne Porter's Artistic Development: Primitivism, Traditionalism, and Totalitarianism. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1993.
   The Art and Vision of Flannery O=Connor. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1989.
   Three Catholic Writers of the Modern South. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1985.

Recent Presentations 

   “The Pursuit of Mystery in the Fiction of Flannery O’Connor and Eudora Welty.”  International Conference on Flannery O’Connor and the Mystery of Place, Dublin, Ireland, 24-27 July 2014.
   “Borne Away, Maybe, by Violence: Reading Flannery O’Connor Alongside Eudora Welty.”  NEH Summer Institute, Reconsidering Flannery O’Connor, Georgia College & State University, Milledgeville, GA, 16 July 2014.
   “Traveling to Europe, Re-Visioning the South: Lillian Hellman’s Anti-Fascist Art.”  Narratives of Encounters in the North Atlantic Triangle, International Conference, University of Vienna, Austria, 4-6 October 2013.