Patsy J. Daniels

Professor of English  

Ph.D., Literature and Criticism, Indiana University at Pennsylvania
M.A., English, University of Nebraska
B.A., Liberal Studies, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Office: 451 College of Liberal Arts Building
Phone: 601.979.1480


Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications/Projects


Dr. Patsy J. Daniels earned her B.A. in Liberal Studies from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, her M.A. in English from the University of Nebraska Graduate College, and her Ph.D. in Literature and Criticism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  Her dissertation, The Voice of the Oppressed in the Language of the Oppressor: A Discussion of Selected Post-Colonial Literature from Ireland, Africa, and America, uses several contemporary theories, notably postcolonialism, feminism, ecofeminism, multiculturalism, and Bakhtinian dialogics. 

Research for this work gave Dr. Daniels expertise in the Harlem Renaissance, Irish literature, and the British Modernists.  Other areas strengthened through this research are literary theory, comparative literature, American fiction, and contemporary literature. 

In addition, Dr. Daniels has taught Native American literature at the undergraduate level and participated in a five-week study of American Indian Ethno-history at the University of Oklahoma in the summer of 2007.  She also participated in a three-week study of Asian Studies at the University of Hawaii in the summer of 2005. 

Besides publishing her dissertation as a volume in the Routledge series Literary Criticism and Cultural Theory, Dr. Daniels has published on such disparate authors as Joseph Conrad, William Butler Yeats, Emily Dickinson, and Jack Kerouac.  She regularly makes presentations at local, regional, national, and international conferences.

Dr. Daniels serves as Editor for the Jackson State University Researcher: An Interdisciplinary Journal and evaluates articles for publication for College Literature, LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory, International Journal of the Humanities, and the Journal of Intercultural Disciplines

Dr. Daniels proposed, planned, and carried out, with colleague Elizabeth S. Overman from the History and Philosophy Department, Jackson State University=s first Faculty-Led Study Abroad.  They taught World Literature and World History to JSU students in Beijing for three weeks in the summer of 2007.  She took her Comparative Literature students on a ten-day tour of England in May 2012. 

Before coming to Jackson State University, Dr. Daniels taught at Lane College for six years, at Tennessee State University for four years, and at Austin Peay State University for four years.

Courses Taught:

Advanced Lab Writing
American Literature Seminar
Classical and World Literature I and II
Comparative Literature
Literary Criticism
Survey of Grammar
Twentieth Century American Literature

African American Literature
Children’s Literature
Comparative Literature
Composition I and II
Honors Composition I and II
Introduction to Literature
Literary Criticism
Native American Literature
Twentieth-Century American Fiction
World Literature
Honors World Literature

Titles of Student Research Projects Directed
“An Ethical Reconsideration of the Oedipus Complex in D. H. Lawrence’s Sons and Lovers”

“Otherness in Three Female Adolescent BildungsromanenA Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers, and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee”

“A Comparative Analysis of Race, Identity, and Class as Represented in Selected Black Essays:  An Examination of Black Political Thought from the Black Power Movement”

“Chains About My Feet”:  The Effect of the Fully Obtainable Existence on Specific White and Proposal Negro Characters in Southern-Inspired Late 19th and Early 20th Century American Works    

“The Medea Complex and the Oedipus Complex in The Tale of Genji”                             

“Different Paths to Gender Equality: How Virtue Affects the Struggles of Both White and Black Women for Gender Equality in the Fiction of Kate Chopin in The Awakening and “A Point at Issue,” Alice Walker in The Color Purple, and Stephen Crane in Maggie, a Girl Of The Streets

“Becoming Self Actualized:  Journeys to Self Actualization for Hybrid Characters of Walter Mosley’s Devil in a Blue Dress, Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony, and Gilgamesh

“Critical Analysis of Existentialism in Jorge Luis Borges’ ‘The Garden of Forking Paths’”

“Calibanic Discourse in Three Writers of the Harlem Renaissance: Wallace Thurman, Rudolph Fisher, and Langston Hughes”

“Cultural Linguistics: Understanding the Paramount Phenomena of Language Rebirth and Language Evolution among African American College Students”

 “A Comparative Study of Feminist Struggle to redefine the Concept of Virtue as Defined by the Patriarchy in Henry James’s Daisy Miller, James Baldwin’s Go Tell it on the Mountain, Kate Chopin’s The Awakening, and Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God”

“A Family Affair: Incestuous Relationships in African American Novels: Sapphire’s Push: A Novel, Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, and Alice Walker’s The Color Purple” 

“The Naïve View of British Women in the Early 1900s Backfires”

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