MVC Professor to Present at American Literature Association Conference

Posted March 24, 2014

Dr. Jennifer Eimers, Missouri Valley College dean of graduate studies has had a paper accepted for presentation at the 25th Annual American Literature Association Conference held May 22-25 in Washington D.C.

Many Southern Renaissance and post-Renaissance writers were devoted admirers of Henry James's writing. Katherine Anne Porter, Caroline Gordon, Peter Taylor, Flannery O’Connor, Ralph Ellison, Elizabeth Spencer, and Eudora Welty acknowledged his influence on their fiction.

“Why this particular group of writers, who appear to have little in common with James and the historical and cultural situation from which he wrote, were such devoted admirers and to what effect he influenced them are the underlying questions my bigger project will explore,” Dr. Eimers said. “This conference paper, an early foray into the subject, will begin by examining the connections between James and Southern authors, then focus on the short stories of Katherine Anne Porter and Peter Taylor. More specifically, I will study James’s influence on their literary portrayals of consciousness.”

In addition to serving as dean of graduate studies, Dr. Eimers also serves as director of the Honors Program and is an associate professor of English.

Dr. Eimers earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of Georgia (2008), an M.A. in English from Creighton University (2001), and a B.A. in English from Grand View College (1999).  She has been at MVC since 2008.                                                                                                                                                        

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