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Katie Frye Faculty Profile

Katie Frye

Assistant Professor of English
Humanities/Teacher Education Division, Seaver College
CAC 102b

Biography

Katie Frye is assistant orofessor 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
  • '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,'" forthcoming in Mississippi Quarterly.
  • "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, 2014
  • Modern Language Association
  • Pearl Butler Evans Award in Graduate Writing, 2006 and 2005
  • UCSB Interdisciplinary Humanities Center Pre-doctoral Fellowship, 2004
  • UCSB Affiliates Graduate Dissertation Fellowship, 2003
  • "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.

Topics

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

Courses

  • English Composition
  • First-Year Seminar: The Cult of Modern Childhood
  • Literature of the American South
  • Love and Marriage in the Nineteenth-Century Novel