AboutDr, Rountree is a teacher and scholar of U.S. literature and media with expertise in gender studies and southern studies. Her scholarship focuses on the diverse, embodied experiences of people who live in, come from, and pass through the U.S. South. Most importantly, her teaching and research privileges the inherent dignity of humanity across identities and backgrounds.
Education2017 Ph.D. English, Literary Studies, Georgia State University
2010 M.A. English, University of North Florida
2005 B.A. Creative Writing, Florida State University
Contract Record, Document, Archive: Constructing the South Out of Region (edited collection), Co-Editor with Lisa Hinrichsen and Gina Caison. Under advance contract with LSU Press.
2021 Remediating Region: New Media and the U.S. South (edited collection), Co-Editor with Gina Caison and Lisa Hinrichsen. Louisiana State UP, forthcoming fall 2021.
2017 Small-Screen Souths: Region, Identity, and the Cultural Politics of Television. Louisiana State UP, 2017 Honorable Mention for Hugh C. Holman Book Prize, Co-Editor with Lisa Hinrichsen and Gina Caison, 2017.
2017 Blast South: Manifestos of Southern Vorticism. Special Roundtable, Mississippi Quarterly 68.1-2 (Winter-Spring 2015), July 2017, 5-42. Lead Curator and Introduction Co-Author.
Articles and Book Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)
2021 “In Formation: Mediating Identity through Space and Place,” section introduction to Remediating Region: New Media and the U.S. South, Louisiana State UP, Co-Edited by Gina Caison, Lisa Hinrichsen, and Stephanie Rountree. Forthcoming Fall 2021.
2021 “A Literary Genealogy of ‘Slavery’s Capitalism’ in Chesnutt and Faulkner.” Faulkner and Slavery, UP of Mississippi, Edited by Jay Watson, 155-172. Forthcoming June 2021.
2017 “Southern Confection: Toward a Rubric of Anteliberalism.” Mississippi Quarterly 68.1-2 (Winter-Spring 2015), published July 2017, 12-15. Special Roundtable Blast South: Manifestos of Southern Vorticism.
2016 “An ‘archaeology of [narrative] silence’: Cognitive Segregation and Productive Citizenship in McCullers’s The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1940).” Carson McCullers in the Twenty-First Century, Palgrave Macmillan, Edited by Alison Graham-Bertolini and Casey Kayser, 2016, 189-208.
2016 “‘[V]isible, unfamiliar, remarkable’: Private Bodies and Public Policy in Eudora Welty’s Losing Battles (1970).” south: a scholarly journal 48.2, Fall 2016, 225-245.
2015 “Does the Subaltern Speak?: Reimagining Hurricane Katrina in Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012).” Ethos: A Digital Review of Arts, Humanities, and Public Ethics 2.2, Oct. 2015, 4-18.
2013 “Poop, Pie, & Politics in The Help: Rescuing the (Literary) Body from Political Obsolescence.” Word and Text: A Journal of Literary Studies and Linguistics 3.2, 2013, 59-71.
ProjectsAmerican Anteliberalism: Literatures of Enslavement and Public Health [monograph in process]
American Anteliberalism is a study of slavery’s influence on U.S. public health policy in post-Emancipation literature by Charles Chesnutt, William Faulkner, Edwidge Danticat, Louise Erdrich, Eudora Welty, and Carson McCullers. It examines literary representations of select public health policies, such as immigration disease quarantine, homelessness management, and several others. Doing so, I establish my original framework of “anteliberalism” to articulate the pre-liberal, indeed feudal, logic that organizes technologies of U.S. settler capitalism under the mantle of “public health” as evident in select national literatures, 1865 to the present day.