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Jill Franks

Jill Franks

Adjunct Faculty

Languages & Literature

“Austin Peay provides resources for program development and every effort is made to support student success.” Dr. Franks on what excites her about working at Austin Peay.

Ph.D.   English Literature, Rutgers University

M.A.    English Literature, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

J.D.      Western New England College School of Law

B.A.     Political Science, University of New Hampshire

Dr. Franks specialized in British modernism in graduate school; she wrote a dissertation on D. H. Lawrence in Italy. She enjoys teaching world literature as well as British literature and theory. She has developed courses on trauma theory, psychoanalytic theory, and feminist theory.

Dr. Franks founded the Film Studies program in 2013. She teaches a variety of film subjects, such as History of Film and Auteur Studies (past auteur seminars have focused on Hitchcock, Charlie Chaplin, and Woody Allen). She has juried for the Nashville Film Festival and established the Austin Peay Genre Film Festival in 2016.

One of her hobbies—which soon became a scholarly pursuit—is giving guided tours of the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, Massachusetts, Dr. Franks’ hometown. Her scholarly work on the poet includes topics such as Emily Dickinson and Legal Concepts, Emily Dickinson and Home, and Emily Dickinson as Precursor to Imagism.

  • D. H. Lawrence
  • Emily Dickinson
  • Trauma literature
  • Psychoanalytic theory
  • History of philosophy
  • History of film
  • Auteur studies
  • Italian cinema
  • English and Irish cinema
I. Books:

Every Stranger a God: Hiking the English Moors. White River Press, 2019.

Woody Allen and Charlie Chaplin: Little Men, Big Auteurs. McFarland, 2019.

British and Irish Women Writers and the Women’s Movement: Six Literary Voices of Their Times.
McFarland, 2013.

The Poetry of Thom Gunn: A Critical Study. Trans. Jill Franks. McFarland, 2008.

Islands and the Modernists: The Allure of Isolation in Art, Literature and Science. McFarland, 2006.

Space and Place in the Works of D. H. Lawrence. Trans. Jill Franks. McFarland, 2002.

Revisionist Resurrection Mythologies: A Study of D. H. Lawrence's Italian Works. Peter Lang, 1994.

II. Editions

Ladies of Lawrence: Collected Essays by Women Lawrentians. D. H. Lawrence Review 39:1, 2014.

Sea and Sardinia. D. H. Lawrence. Introduction. Agave Edizioni, 2010.

Lady Chatterley’s Lover. D. H. Lawrence. Introduction.Easton Press, 2004.

Sea and Sardinia. D. H. Lawrence. Introduction and Notes. Penguin, 1999.


III. Peer-Reviewed Articles:


“Lady Chatterley Films as Cultural Translations.” New Theoretical Perspectives and Cultural Translations. Cambridge Scholars Press, 2016.

“‘To make a world of his own’: Psychoanalysis and Weltanschauung in “The Man Who Loved Islands.” D. H. Lawrence Studies 15.2 (August 2007).

“Sex, Guns and Death: Deborah Warner’s Adaptation of The Last September.” New Hibernia Review 10:3 (Autumn 2006). 121-135.

“Reel Irish: Nationalizing Irish Step Dance and Vaunting the Celtic Tiger.” Working Papers in Irish Studies 06-3 (Spring 2006). 3-17.

“Oxymorons and the Pathetic Fallacy in Evelyn Scott’s The Narrow House: A Lacanian Reading.” Tennessee Philological Bulletin vol. LXII (2005). 30-39.

“Basking in Farah’s Gaze: Gender and Colonial Relations in Sydney Pollack’s Out of Africa.” Tennessee Philological Bulletin vol. XLI (2004). 24-35.

“Men Who Loved Islands: D. H. Lawrence and J. M. Synge in Sardinia and Aran.” Etudes Lawrenciennes 28 (2003): 133-147.

“Myth and Biography in Where Angels Fear to Tread and The Lost Girl.” D. H. Lawrence Review 30.1 (2002). 29-44.

“The Spineless Saint and the Pomegranate-Eater: Forster’s and Lawrence’s Italian Romances.” Etudes lawrenciennes 22 (2000): 89-106.

"Il Duro and Lawrence: The Reflecting Stone." D. H. Lawrence Review 26.1-3 (1997): 109-120.

"Confessions of Sin and Love: Guido di Montefeltro's Relevance to J. Alfred Prufrock." Yeats Eliot Review 14.2 (1996). 20-25.

IV. Book chapters:

“Women’s Lies, Suppressed Voices, Emotional Paralysis and Breakouts in Jennifer Johnston’s The Railway Station Man and Edna O’Brien’s House of Splendid Isolation.” In Crafting Infinity. Cambridge Scholars Press, 2012. 101-118.

"Jesting Within: Voices of Parody and Irony as Expressions of Feminisms in Margaret Laurence's Protagonists." Challenging Territory: The Writing of Margaret Laurence, 1997. 94-111.

"The Regionalist Community: Indigenous versus Outsider Consciousness in Grazia Deledda's La madre and D. H. Lawrence's Sea and Sardinia." Regionalism Reconsidered: New Approaches to the Field. Garland, 1994. 87-104