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Dr. Jordan Cofer

Academic Affairs
Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs, Learning Resources

Carlton 205
229. 391.4971
jcofer@abac.edu
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Biography

My name is Jordan Cofer and I am the Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs, in charge of learning resources, and an associate professor of English. On campus, I have been heavily involved with ABAC, previously serving as the the Head of the Department of English and Communication department, overseeing the Writing Center and advising several student clubs. I have also hosted a campus radio show, worked with The Stallion and Pegasus, our campus literary journal. I teach writing classes, as well as American Literature, British Literature, World Literature and several courses in the Rural Studies program and the Honors Program.

Nationally, I have been involved in a lot of research related to Flannery O’Connor. I recently completed an NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) fellowship to study O’Connor. I am also a reader for The Flannery O’Connor Review and have been a featured speaker at various events. My book, The Gospel According to Flannery O’Connor, was published with Bloomsbury Press and my American Literature textbook, Writing the Nation was published with University of North Georgia Press. If you have any questions about the classes that I teach or my research, feel free to contact me: jcofer@abac.edu

Education

Ph.D. Texas Tech University

M.A. Virginia Tech

B.A. Southwest Baptist University

Additional Studies: Harvard University

Publications/Research

Books

Writing the Nation: A Concise Introduction to American Literature 1865-Present. Dahlonega, GA: University of North Georgia Press, 2016.

The Gospel According to Flannery O’Connor. New York: Bloomsbury, 2014.

Scholarly Essays

“Putting Butler on Trial: A Creative Approach to Teaching Hamlin Garland’s ‘Under the Lion’s Paw’” American Literary Naturalism. 7.1 (Fall 2012): 11-14.

“Cain as the unifying allusion in Jean Toomer’s Cane.” The Explicator. 69.4 (2011): 175-178.

“Flannery and Franz: Elements of the Kafkaesque in Flannery O’Connor’s Wise Blood.”  Wise Blood: A Re-Consideration. Rodopi Press, 2011. 161-180.

“Flannery O’Connor’s Role in Popular Culture: A Review Essay’” The Southern Quarterly  47.2 (2010): 140-157.

“The All-Demanding Eyes: Following the Old Testament and New Testament Allusions in Flannery O’Connor’s ‘Parker’s Back.’”  The Flannery O’Connor Review 6 (2008): 30-39.

“From Dishonor to Glory: Flannery O’Connor’s Pauline Allusions in ‘Judgment Day’” Intégrité: A Journal of Faith and Learning 5.2 (2006): 45-53.

Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction

“Running: A Small, Good Thing” Pegasus 39 (2012): 31-38.

“How I Killed J.D. Salinger” Pegasus 37 (2010): 44-47. “An Exercise in Futility” Broken Bridge Review 1 (2006): 132-137.

“The Life of Persephone” Edgar Literary Magazine.  Summer (2005): 8-9.

“The Tragedy of Vincent van Gogh.” Our Time is Now. 2 (2003):120-31.

Reviews and Notes   Rev. of Flannery O’Connor in the Age of Terrorism ed. Avis Hewitt and Robert Donahoo.  Christianity and Literature.  61.2 (2012): 328-331. Rev. of John in the Company of Poets: The Gospel in Literary Imagination by Thomas Gardner.  Christianity and Literature.  61.1 (2011). 161-164. Rev. of Desire, Violence and Divinity in Modern Southern Fiction by Gary Ciuba.  Southern Quarterly.  46.1 (2008): 177-180.

 

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