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Jared Young

Jared Young

PhD Student, Literature

Office: Morrill 401
Phone: (405)744-1880

MA in Literature, The University at Albany SUNY, Albany, NY

BS in Art Education with a Minor in English, SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, NY


Areas of Interest
  • 20th Modernism and Postmodernism

  • Disability Studies and Theory

  • War Fiction

  • Bob Dylan

Recent Courses Taught
  • ENGL 1113: Composition I

  • ENGL 1213: Composition II

  • ENGL 2413: Conversations in Literature

Selected Conference Presentations
  • Affect: Research & Pedagogy (A roundtable discussion hosted by the Oklahoma State University Literature and Screen Studies Research Group): “‘Her Prim Answering Smile’: Oral Expression and the Disfigured Mouth in J.M. Coetzee’s Life & Times of Michael K,” (October 2019).

  • XVIIIth International Hemingway Conference in Paris, France: “Where is the Glass Family’s Count Greffi?: The Textual Significance of J.D. Salinger’s references to Ernest Hemingway,” July 2018. (Also served as a panel chair.)

  • XVIIth International Hemingway Conference in Oak Park, Illinois: “From the Great War to the Bad Place: Hemingway’s Call for Spirituality in the Face of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in American Society,” July 2016.

  • Elizabeth Madox Roberts Conference in Springfield, Kentucky: “Elizabeth Madox Roberts and Transcendentalism,” April 2016. (Also served as a panel chair.)

  • Southern Atlantic Modern Language Association in Atlanta, Georgia: “Elizabeth Madox Roberts’ The Time of Man and Henry David Thoreau’s Walden: Ellen Chesser’s Quest for a Sense of Spirit Through the Land,” November 2014.

  • Elizabeth Madox Roberts Conference in Springfield, Kentucky: “Elizabeth Madox Roberts and Jack Kerouac: Catholic Ritual in the Act of Travel,” April 2013. (Also served as a panel chair.)

  • Southern Atlantic Modern Language Association in Durham, North Carolina: “Elizabeth Madox Roberts’ Flood: Sanctuary within Disaster,” November 2012.

Awards and Recognition
  • OSU Foundation Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowship (Fall 2020)

  • OSU FYC Certificate for Outstanding Achievement in Writing Pedagogy (Spring 2020)

  • Leonard J. Leff Film Studies Scholarship, OSU (Spring 2019)

  • Paul Klemp Renaissance Studies Scholarship, OSU (Spring 2019)

  • E.P. Walkiewicz Contemporary Studies Scholarship, OSU (Spring 2018)

  • Houston-Truax-Wentz Graduate Travel Award (Spring 2018)

  • Hinkle Travel Grant (Fall 2017)

Professional Appointments or Professional Service
  • Sherwood Fellow for the Milton Quarterly (2020-2021)

  • Graduate Student Representative Hiring Committee Spring 2020

  • Digital Badge Coordinator, OSU Writing Center (Fall 2018)

  • West Satellite Supervisor, OSU Writing Center (Fall 2017-Fall 2018)

  • Leader, “Graduate Students & the Writing Center” Inquiry Group, OSU Writing Center (Fall 2017-Fall 2018)

Current Research

Drawing from existing literary scholarship, military history, and the burgeoning field of disability studies, my dissertation critically analyzes literary representations of service related disability in American WWII fiction. By attending to these images, scenes, and narratives of impairment stemming from military service in novels by veteran writers such as James Jones, Norman Mailer, Kurt Vonnegut, J.D. Salinger—and even in the nonfiction and poetry of civilians such as James Baldwin and Gwendolyn Brooks—I chart a nuanced examination of the implications that arise when characters’ corporeal or cognitive aberrations overthrow the ablebodied expectations of the U.S. Armed Forces as well as American society. From critiques of the military as a disabling institution to impaired veterans’ remascualization efforts; from the complex intersection between race, soldiering, and disability to postmodernism’s formal reconceptualization of war narratives; I argue that American WWII literature pushes back against, in Paul Fussell’s words, the “Disneyfied” illustrations of the global conflict and instead inaugurates a vast and engaging conversation regarding the unsettling stigmatizations, experiences, and political significance of soldiers’ impaired bodies and minds--all of which is relevant when thinking about contemporary war fiction and the material impact of combat on soldiers to this day.


Beyond the dissertation, I am also currently revising an article that examines the coded language embedded in Katherine Mansfield’s short stories as well as an article that explores Michael K’s idiosyncratic system for negotiating his hostile, ableist environment in J.M. Coetzee’s The Life & Times of Michael K.

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