Janine Utell is an award-winning writer 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 volumes Teaching Modernist Women’s Writing in English (Modern Language Association, 2021) and The Comics of Alison Bechdel: From the Outside In (University Press of Mississippi, 2020). These collections feature both established scholars and exciting new voices.
Two single-authored projects are in the works: a biography of queer comix artist and activist Howard Cruse (forthcoming early 2023 from University Press of Mississippi), and a book with the working title “Women and Bullshit: Rhetorics of Anger in 20th-Century Women’s Writing.” She is also collaborating with Amanda O. Latz on an edited volume entitled “Unfurling Unflattening: Tracing Pedagogical Possibilities in Higher Education,” bringing together a variety of transdisciplinary perspectives on Nick Sousanis’s groundbreaking comic Unflattening.
In addition to her writing, Janine is the Editor of “Orientations,” a forum dedicated to feminist and queer modernisms published on Modernism/modernity’s PrintPlus platform. She is a member of the Advisory Boards for Woolf Studies Annual and the Orlando Project, and is frequently invited to facilitate workshops and panels focused on writing, peer review, and publishing. She is currently President of the Modernist Studies Association, and served as the Editor of The Space Between: Literature and Culture 1914–1945 from 2015 to 2020.
Janine has written on topics related to higher education, the humanities, writing 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 at the Chronicle of Higher Education. Until recently, she was Professor and Chair of English and Creative Writing at Widener University in Chester, PA. She divides her time between her home in the Queen Village neighborhood of Philadelphia and her job at the Modern Language Association in New York City.