Author of UNDERSTANDING SAM SHEPARD and the forthcoming UNDERSTANDING RANDALL KENAN, Professor Crank joined the UA faculty in the fall of 2013. He has a B.A. from Washington University in English and Performing Arts, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research focuses on representations of class, race, and sexuality in southern cutlure and literature. His current book-length project explores images of trash and disposability in southern culture. He is also at work on tthe edited collection The Collected Short Prose of James Agee (TN 2018). His book New Approaches to Gone with the Wind (LSU 2015) is available now.
Selected Recent Publications:
Race and New Modernisms. co-authored with K. Merinda Simmons. Bloomsburg Press: under contract
Understanding Randall Kenan. University of South Carolina Press: in-press.
The Morning Watch and Selected Short Prose of James Agee. James Crank, ed. University of Tennessee Press: in press (expected Fall/Winter 2018).
New Approaches to Gone With the Wind. James Crank, ed. Louisiana State University Press, December 14, 2015.
“The Plantation is Burning: On Queer Melancholies, Violent Intimacies, and Plantation Camp.” The Global South, Special Issue: Plantation Modernity, Amy Clukey, Erich Nunn, Jeremy Wells, eds: in-press.
“Noir Orleans: Nick Travers, Ace Atkins, and True Detective Inside/Outside the Big Sleasy. Detecting the South, ed Deborah Barker. Louisiana State University Press: under contract (expected Fall 2018).
"'In the Service of an Anger'": Let us Now Praise Famous Men and the American Civil Rights Movement," in Let Us Now Praise Famous Men at 75, ed. Michael A. Lofaro: in press (expected Spring 2017).
“Down N’ Dirty.” south: an interdisciplinary journal 48.2, Spring 2016: 157-169.
"Too Big to Fail?: Gone with the Wind @ the 21st Century" & "Queer Winds: Sexual Transgressions in Gone with the Wind," in New Approaches to Gone With the Wind. James Crank, ed. Louisiana State University Press, December 15, 2015: 1-7 & 95-109.
"The Hunger Games": Southern Cookin' in an Apocalyptic Time." Southern Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of the South 22.2, Winter/Fall 2015: 34-43.
"Remembering Patsy Yaeger: A Written Roundtable" Mississippi Quarterly 67.1, Winter 2014: :4-30.
“Paternal Nightmare: Division and Masculinity in the Restored Edition of A Death in the Family.” Southern Literary Journal 42.2, Spring 2010: 73-88.
“‘A Piece of the Body Torn Out by the Roots’: Failure and Fragmentation in Let Us Now Praise Famous Men.” Mississippi Quarterly 62:1, Winter 2008-09: 163-1
“Racial Violence, Receding Bodies: James Agee’s Anatomy of Guilt,” in Agee at 100, ed. Michael A. Lofaro University of Tennessee Press: April, 2012, 53-74.
“An Aesthetic of Play: A Contemporary Cinema of South-Sploitation.” in Southerners on Film, ed. Andrew Leiter, McFarland Press, 2011, 204-216.
“The Saddest Joke: Sherman Alexie’s Blues” in Bloom’s Literary Themes: Dark Humor, ed Blake Hobby. New York: Chelsea House: 2010, 219-228.
“The Body as Sacrifice: Ritual Violence in The Morning Watch.” in Agee Agonistes: Essays on the Life and Works of James Agee, ed. Michael A. Lofaro; Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press: 2006, 344-370.
Book Reviews and other Publications
“Unkillable Mockingbird,” Los Angeles Review of Books. Summer 2015: 29-32.
Rev. of Carol Shloss, Flannery O’Connor’s Dark Comedies: The Limits of Inference. Southern Literary Journal 47.1, Fall 2014: 125-129.
Editor, “Dirt and Desire”: Special Issue of south: an interdisciplinary journal 48.2, Spring 2016.
Book Review Editor, south: an interdisciplinary journal (2015 – present).
Editor, The Society for the Study of Southern Literature Newsletter, (2015 – present): http://southernlit.org/
Rev. of Flannery O'Connor, A Prayer Journal. Southern Literary Journal 47.1, Fall 2014: 125-129.
Rev. of Susan Srigley, ed., Dark Faith: New Essays on Flannery O’Connor’s The Violent Bear it Away. Southern Literary Journal 47.1, Fall 2014:125-129
Rev. of Coleman Hutchison, Apples and Ashes: Literature, Nationalism, and the Confederate States of America. Southern Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of the South 20.2, Fall/Winter 2013: 117-120
Rev. of Tim Ryan, Call and Repsonses: The American Novel of Slavery Since Gone With the Wind. Southern Literary Journal 43, Fall 2010: 159-163.
Rev. of Lovalerie King, Race, Theft, and Ethics: Property Matters in African American Literature. Southern Literary Journal 43, Fall 2010: 159-163.
Rev. of Peter Schmidt, Sitting in Darkness: New South Fiction, Education, and the Rise of Jim Crow Colonialism, 1865-1920. Southern Literary Journal 43, Fall 2010: 159-163.