Dr. Julie McCown is an assistant professor of English at Southern Utah University. She teaches courses in American literature, critical theory, and composition.
Her interests are early American literature, animal and science studies, and digital humanities/media theory. McCown had published several articles about stop-motion puppets, crocodiles and animal bodies. She also discovered an unknown poem by the 18th century African American poet Jupiter Hammon.
McCown has a bachelor's degree in literary studies with a minor in music and gender studies from the University of Texas at Dallas, a master of arts degree in English from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin and she earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas at Arlington.
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O’Neill GTA Award for Excellence in Teaching (professional)
University of Texas at Arlington, 2015
O’Neill GTA Award for Academic Excellence (professional)
University of Texas at Arlington, 2013
University of Texas at Dallas: B.A., Literary Studies
University of Texas of the Permian Basin: M.A., English
University of Texas at Arlington: Ph.D., English
- Modern Language Association
- Charles Brockden Brown Society
- Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts
- Society for Early Americanists
- American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
- Popular Culture & American Culture Association
Published in "Encountering Animal Bodies"
This essay brings William Bartram’s 1791 Travels and Thomas De Quincey’s 1849 “The English Mail-Coach” into productive conversation with each other, focusing on crocodilians as a central point of connection. As both physical and semiotic specimens in correspondence networks, crocodilians become a medium of exchange through which Bartram and De Quincey confront the limits of personal identity and imperial expansion. By bringing together these two writers, the essay shows how crocodilians, as a medium of exchange, shift from physical, material specimens to abstract, imaginary symbols, and how natural history’s correspondence networks facilitate an abstraction and effacement of animals.
Julie McCown, Cedrick May
A previously unknown poem written by Jupiter Hammon of Long Island is one of the most important discoveries related to this eighteenth-century poet and slave in nearly a century.1 The poem, entitled “An Essay on Slavery, with Submission to Divine Providence, Knowing That God Rules over All Things,” directly addresses questions concerning slavery and is by far the most outspoken antislavery statement by this often-neglected eighteenth-century writer.
ENGL 2010 Writing about Animals
This course builds upon the skills learned in English 1010, reinforcing strategies that foster careful reasoning, argumentation, and rhetorical awareness of purpose, audience, and genre. The course emphasizes critically evaluating, effectively integrating, and properly documenting sources. The course involves several connected writing assignments that culminate in a major research project.
ENGL 2010 Writing About Disney
This course builds upon the skills learned in English 1010, reinforcing strategies that foster careful reasoning, argumentation, and rhetorical awareness of purpose, audience, and genre. The course emphasizes critically evaluating, effectively integrating, and properly documenting sources. The particular section examines and discusses all things Disney including films, parks, merchandise and fan culture.
ENGL 3210 American Literature I
This course is a survey of American literature from its roots to the Civil War. We will be reading a variety of texts and literary genres that touch on many of the important themes, identities, voices, and styles that make up American literature as we know it today.
ENGL 4110 Early American Novels
This course will explore the genre of early American novels. We will read several early American novels, as well as other selected early American texts and literary criticism. This is a discussion-based and writing-intensive course in which students will help generate and facilitate discussion points and complete both short-weekly writings and a larger research paper.
ENGL 4510 Early American Experiments
An experimental project based course that re-thinks how we study early American literature and culture. The class explores different ways of “doing literary studies” and how these experiments promote rigorous and meaningful ways of reading and thinking about literature.