Janine Utell is Professor and Chair of English at Widener University in Chester, PA, USA, where she teaches 19th and 20th century British literature, narrative theory, and first-year writing; she also plays an active role in general education and assessment, as well as advocating for greater visibility for and commitment to the humanities.
She has three projects under contract at the moment. The first is a book analyzing the use of narrative technique in life writing and film about couplehood. This project, “Literary Couples and 20th Century Life Writing: Narrative and Intimacy,” is due to Bloomsbury in 2018. The second is an edited collection of essays on teaching modernist women’s writing in English; this is due to MLA Publications, for their “Options for Teaching” series, also in 2018. The third is a collection of essays on the comics of Alison Bechdel for the series “Critical Approaches to Comics Artists” at UP of Mississippi; this is also due in 2018.
Janine’s second book, Engagements with Narrative, was published by Routledge in 2015. Her first book, James Joyce and the Revolt of Love: Marriage, Adultery, Desire, was published with Palgrave Macmillan in 2010. In addition to her research, she 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, and is Mentoring Coordinator for the Council of Editors of Learned Journals (a two-year term beginning in 2017). She also serves on the Advisory Boards for Woolf Studies Annual and the Orlando Project.
Higher ed interests include writing pedagogy, general education, assessment, and the role of women in leadership and professional development; she has written about some of these 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. An award-winning teacher-scholar, Janine is frequently invited to facilitate faculty development workshops focused on teaching and learning, and to speak throughout the Philadelphia region and beyond on issues related to the humanities, higher education, and the arts. A resident of the Queen Village neighborhood in Philly, she also serves the community in a variety of ways, most recently as a member of the Communications Committee for The Spruce Foundation.
Janine holds a BA (summa cum laude) in English and French from Barnard College and a PhD in English from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.