Dr. Laura White

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. (2009), SUNY Binghampton University; MA (1999), University of Delaware; BA (1995), University of Scranton; First Year at MTSU: 2010

Office: PH 371; Phone/Voice Mail: 904-8122


Dr. White will be teaching and developing courses in Contemporary Anglophone Literatures. Her research interests include postcolonial literature and theory, ecocritical approaches to colonial and postcolonial fiction, global ecofeminisms, temporality, affect and the form of the novel. She is currently working on a book based on her dissertation research which investigated narrations of human relationship with the land in contemporary Indian, Australian, and South African novels.

S ee Publications

Conference Presentations

  • "Haunted by Matter: Materialist Environmentalism and Kim Scott's That Deadman Dance," Association for the Study of Literature and Environment Biennial Conference. Lawrence, KS. May 2013.

  • "Urban Hauntings: On Ghosts and Garbage in Chris Abani's GraceLand," African Literature Association Conference, Charleston, SC. March 2013.

  • "Beyond Anthropomorphism: Materialist Narration in Kim Scott's That Deadman Dance," British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference, Savannah, GA. February 2013.

  • "Reframing Tasmania: Richard Flanagan, Richard Wastell and the Environmental Impact of Affective Vision," Visualizing Australia Conference, Stuttgart, Germany. September 2012.

  • "Disciplinary Dark Matter," with Dr. Amy Kaufman. BABEL Conference, Boston, MA. September 2012.

  • "Postcolonial Eco-flaneurs and Posthuman Subjectivities,"; South Central MLA Conference. Hot Springs, AK. October 2011.

  • "Re-Imagining the Human: Ecofeminism, Affect, and Postcolonial Narration,"; Association for the Study of Literature and Environment Biennial Conference. Bloomington, IN. June 2011.

  • "Green Affects: Affective Narration as Environmentalist Intervention,"; American Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference. Vancouver, BC. March 2011.

  • "Submerging the Imperial Eye: Green Narration in Flanagan's Death of a River Guide,"; British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference. Savannah, GA. February 2011.

  • " Narration and Parasite Stigma in Chris van Wyk's Year of the Tapeworm,"; International Society for the Study of Narrative Annual Conference, Cleveland, OH, April 2010.

  • "Slow Alternative: Affective Temporality and the Critique of Economic Rationalism in Thea Astley's Drylands,"; MLA Conference, Philadelphia, PA, December 2009.

  • "The City, The Forest and Evolutionary Time: An Ecocritical Reading of The Voyage Out,"; 19 th Annual Virginia Woolf Conference, Fordham University, NY, June 2009.

  • "Arthur Conan Doyle's Egypt: An Ecocritical Investigation,"; African Literature Association Annual Conference, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, April 2009.

  • "The Eco-politics of Temporal Constructions in Amitav Ghosh's The Hungry Tide,"; American Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference, Harvard University, Boston, MA, March 2009.

  • "Critiquing the Cowboy: Multiple Masculinities in Ruth Ozeki's My Year of Meats,"; Rocky Mountain MLA, Reno, NV, October 2008.

  • Moderator, The Meaning of Food: Culinary Expressions of Cultural Values, Rocky Mountain MLA, Reno, NV, October 2008.

  • "Defending Tradition: The Military Language of Masculinity in Lucky Jim,"; Fordham University Graduate Conference, New York, NY, October 2008.

  • "Imagining the Postcolonial Garden in Zakes Mda's Ways of Dying,"; The Keyboard in the Garden ASLE Symposium, Delaware Valley College, Doylestown, PA, June 2008.

  • "Regarding Working Class Masculinity: The Filmic Gaze and Rebellion in Sillitoe's Saturday Night and Sunday Morning,"; Northeast MLA, Buffalo, New York, April 2008.

  • "Ingestion and Ideology in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Purple Hibiscus,"; Rocky Mountain MLA, Calgary, October 2007.

  • "Building on Gendered Ground: Space and National Identity in Brenda Walker's Wing of Night,"; American Association of Australian Literary Studies Annual Convention, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., March 2007.

  • " Graphic Interventions: Joe Sacco and the Case for Comics in Palestine,"; Visual Dialogues Conference at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, February 2006.