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Katie Frye Faculty Profile

Katie Frye

Assistant Professor of English
Humanities/Teacher Education Division, Seaver College
CAC 312

Biography

Katie Frye is assistant professor of English at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. She received her PhD in twentieth-century American literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She completed her undergraduate studies with a degree in English at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. She teaches literature and composition courses in the Humanities and Teacher Education Division. Her research interests include Kate Chopin, William Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor, and Eudora Welty.

Education

  • PhD English, University of California at Santa Barbara
  • MA English, University of California at Santa Barbara
  • BA English, Lipscomb University
  • “Reading Partus Sequitur Ventrem in Flannery O’Connor,” published in Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, January/ February 2021.
  • 'A silver bullet ready to drop into her brain': The Crisis of White Motherhood in Flannery O'Connor's 'Greenleaf,' 'The Enduring Chill,' and 'Everything That Rises Must Converge," published in Mississippi Quarterly, Spring 2017/2018.
  • "The Case against Whiteness in William Wells Brown's Clotel," published in Mississippi Quarterly, Summer-Fall 2009.
  • "Edna Pontellier, Adèle Ratignolle, and the Unnamed Nurse: a Triptych of Maternity in The Awakening," published in Southern Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of the South, Fall/Winter 2006.
  • Brett J. Love Award for Teaching Excellence, Pepperdine University
  • Pearl Butler Evans Award in Graduate Writing
  • UCSB Interdisciplinary Humanities Center Pre-doctoral Fellowship
  • UCSB Affiliates Graduate Dissertation Fellowship
  • “Pulp Fiction: Reading Magazine Culture in Eudora Welty.” American Literature Association Conference. Boston, MA, July 2021. 
  • “Reading Partus Sequitur Ventrem in Selected Short Fiction by Flannery O’Connor.” Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference. San Diego, CA, November 2019.
  • “Turning to Stone: Reading ‘Old Mr. Marblehall’ and ‘Petrified Man’ as Meditations on White Anxiety in the Jim Crow South.” Eudora Welty Society Conference. Charleston, SC, February 2019.
  • “A Professorial Performance: The Death of New Criticism and the Birth of Edu-tainment.” Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference. Bellingham, WA, November 2018.
  • "Nature-Deficit Disorder and Pixar's WALL-E." Christian Scholars' Conference. Nashville, TN, June 2018.
  • "'A silver bullet ready to drop into her brain': The Crisis of White Motherhood in Flannery O'Connor's 'Greenleaf,' 'The Enduring Chill,' and 'Everything That Rises Must Converge,'" Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference. Pasadena, CA, November 2016.
  • "'Just a shape to fill a lack': William Faulkner's Addie Bundren and the [De]Face[ment] of White Trash Motherhood." Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference. Portland, OR, November 2015.
  • "Maternity in Kate Chopin's The Awakening: The Identity Politics of the Grotesque." Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference. Riverside, CA, November 2014.
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Program, Summer 2021
  • Seaver Research Council Grant, Spring 2020
     

Topics

  • American Literature from 1865
  • Narrative representations of motherhood
  • Writers of the Southern Renaissance
  • U.S. race and ethnicity studies
  • Women's Studies

Courses

  • Literature of the American South
  • Love and Marriage in the Nineteenth-Century Novel
  • Readings in Eudora Welty
  • Humanities 313