Janine Utell is an award-winning writer, teacher, and editor. Her areas of interest include modernist studies, multimodal narrative (including film and comics), life writing, and the intersections among gender, sexuality, affect, intimacy, and ethics.
She is the author of three books, Literary Couples and 20th-Century Life Writing: Narrative and Intimacy (Bloomsbury, 2019), Engagements with Narrative (Routledge, 2015) and James Joyce and the Revolt of Love: Marriage, Adultery, Desire (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). She is the editor of the volume The Comics of Alison Bechdel: From the Outside In (University of Mississippi Press). She has an additional edited volume forthcoming: “Options for Teaching Modernist Women’s Writing in English” (MLA Publications). These collections feature both prominently established scholars and exciting new voices.
Three new projects are in the works: a biography of LGBTQ comix artist and advocate Howard Cruse, a book with the working title “Women and Bullshit: Rhetorics of Anger in 20th-Century Women’s Writing,” and an edited volume (in collaboration with Amanda Latz, Ball State University) entitled “Unfurling Unflattening: Tracing Theoretical, Methodological, and Pedagogical Possibilities,” bringing together a variety of perspectives on Nick Sousanis’s groundbreaking graphic work Unflattening.
In addition to her writing, Janine serves as the editor of The Space Between: Literature and Culture 1914-1945, the peer-reviewed digital journal and scholarly community for The Space Between Society. She also serves on the Advisory Boards for Woolf Studies Annual and the Orlando Project, and is frequently invited to facilitate workshops focused on writing, peer review, and publishing. At Widener she is the founder and facilitator of the Widener University Faculty Writing Group. She has just completed a two-year term as Mentoring Coordinator for the Council of Editors of Learned Journals (2017–2019). She currently serves as Secretary for the Council of Editors of Learned Journals, and is Second Vice President for the Modernist Studies Association.
Janine has also written on topics related to higher education, the humanities, writing time management and productivity, and leadership and mentoring (all with frequent references to her obsessions with cooking and baseball) as a former contributor to the University of Venus blog at Inside Higher Ed, an occasional contributor to Hybrid Pedagogy, and as a guest blogger for ProfHacker at the Chronicle of Higher Education. She is the Homer C. Nearing, Jr. Distinguished Professor in English and English and Creative Writing department chair at Widener University, where she also serves as an affiliated faculty member in the Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies program. Janine lives in the Queen Village neighborhood of Philadelphia.