helen J. crump

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Assistant Professor of English
Office Location: 405 Dollye M.E. Robinson Liberal Arts Building
Phone: 601.979.5890
Email: helen.j.crump@jsums.edu
E-mail: helen,j.crump@jsums.edu

 

 

 

 

 

Degrees:
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities    
Major: Feminist Studies, Minor: African American & African Studies
Area of Concentration: Literary Studies
Department: Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies
Master of Arts, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS
Major: English, Minor: Women’s Studies
Department: English
Bachelor of Arts, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS
Major: English, Minor: Education
Department: English & Modern Foreign Languages

Specialty Areas:
Black Women’s Contemporary Fiction
African Diaspora Women’s Fiction
Contemporary Coming of Age Narratives by Women of Color

Courses Taught:                
ENG 111X Composition and Literature I (Honors)                                       
ENG 112X Composition and Literature II (Honors)
ENG 205X World Literature (Honors)                                              
ENG 315 Women’s in Literature (Representations of Gender in Contemporary Literature)               
ENG 452 Comparative Literature (Independent Study)                                            
ENG 452 Comparative Literature (Upper Level, as “Childhood, Location, & Identity in Literature”)               
ENG 500 Advanced Lab Writing (Graduate Level)                                       
ENG 436 Literary Criticism (Upper Level) 
ENG 560 Seminar in American Literature (Coming of Age & the Southern Aesthetic)    

Research Interests (List):
Black Women’s Contemporary Fiction
African Diaspora Women’s Fiction and Maternal Narratives
Contemporary Coming of Age Narratives by Women of Color
Voice & Identity & Place in Black Women's Fiction
Intersectionality & Feminist Analysis in Women of Color Literature
Gender, Race, Representation in Popular Culture

Selected Publications (List):
“The Returnee and the Struggle for Home: Returning to a Place I’ve Never Been to                
Find a Home I’ve Never Known.” Submitted and Accepted for publication in POMPA, 
(Publication of the Mississippi Philological Association), Spring 2017. 
“‘I would like one single line of ancestry, Mama. One line from you to me and                     
farther back, but a line that I can trace’: Navigating the Matrilineal Diaspora in
Black Women’s Diaspora Fiction.” Meeting Points in Black/Africana Women’s Literature. 
Eds. Helen O. Chukwuma and Preselfannie Whitfield McDaniels. Africa World Press, Inc., 2016.
“‘Mother’s Voice’ – Having Her Say: Storytelling in Articulating Black Women’s                       
Diaspora Identity.” Black Motherhoods: Contexts, Contours, & Considerations. 
Ed. Karen T. Craddock. Demeter Press, 2015.

Where Our Blood Is Born: A Consideration of African Diaspora in Black Women's                
(Diaspora) Fiction. Multimedia Electronic Book. Forthcoming. Global Inquiry Faculty 
Teaching Seminar (GIFTS). Jackson State University. Being submitted for Peer Review.

“Diasporic Interrogations of Alternative Mothering: Other Mothers and Black Women’s                
Diaspora Fiction.” Essay collection on “Other Mothers/Other Mothering.”
Ed. Angelita Reyes. Demeter Press, 2015. Draft submitted for inclusion.

“Selected Bibliography.” Blackness and Sexualities                               
Michelle M. Wright and Antje Schuhmann, eds. FORECAAST. 
Münster-Hamburg-Berlin-Wien-London: LIT Verlag, Spring 2007.

“Black Feminist Perspectives and the African Diaspora: A Consideration for Literary            
Analysis.” Warpland: A Journal of Black Literature and Ideas, 9.2 (Fall 2003): 93-104.

Recent Presentations:
“The Returnee and the Struggle for Home: Returning to a Place I've Never Been
to Find a Home I've Never Known,” Panel Presentation; Mississippi Philological
Association Meeting, Mississippi Valley State University, Itta Bena, MS, February 10-11. Spring 2017

“‘mother’s voice may call out’: Examining Black Women’s Diaspora Identity, Spring 2016
through Maternal Narratives,” Panel Presentation; College Language Association 
Annual Conference, Houston, TX, April 6-9.

“The Returnee and the Struggle for Home: Returning to a Place I’ve Never Been 
to Find a Home I’ve Never Known,” Presentation; Mississippi Philological Association 
Meeting, Mississippi University for Women, Columbus, MS, February 12-13. Spring 2016

“Creating a Space of One’s Own: Counter-Narrating Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own,”
Presentation; Mississippi Philological Association Meeting, Starkville, MS, January 22-23. Spring 2015

“The Bodied Voice in Literary Coming-of-Age Narratives: Examining the Intersectionality
of ‘Growing Up’ As Depicted in Contemporary Black Women’s Fiction,” Popular Culture 
Association in the South & American Culture Association in the South (PCAS/ACAS) 
Conference, New Orleans, LA on October 2-4. Spring 2014

“Resisting the ‘Single Story’: Bridging Multiple Narratives in/of Black Women’s Diaspora         Spring 2014 Fiction,” Panel Presentation; College Language Association Annual Conference, 
New Orleans, LA, March 26-29. 
“Resisting the ‘Single Story’: Bridging Multiple Narratives in/of Black Women’s Diaspora              Spring 2014 Fiction,” Women’s History Month Panel Presentation; College of Liberal Arts Graduate Student
& Faculty Research Colloquium, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS, March 25.

“The Bodied Voice in Literary Coming-of-Age Narratives: Examining the Intersectionality              Spring 2014
of Growing Up in Contemporary Black Women’s Fiction,” Presentation; Mississippi Philological Association Meeting, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS, February 21-22. 

“‘Carving out new courses, forging new languages, absorbing new blood’: Theorizing                Spring 2013
Identity Across Constructions of Diaspora in Black Women’s Fiction,” Presentation; 
College Language Association Annual Conference, Lexington, KY, April 10-13. 

“My Story in My Voice: Women of Color and Resistance Writing as Creating Feminist            Fall 2011
Transformations,” Presentation; National Women’s Studies Association National Conference, 
Atlanta, GA, November 19-13.

University Service/Appointments:

Hinds County Regional Spelling Bee Judge, Jackson Public Schools,    Spring 2017 Peeples Middle School, Jackson, MS
NCTE African-American Read-In Committee Member, DEMFL, JSU, Fall 2016-Present
University Faculty Grievance Committee, Chair, College of Liberal Arts Rep.    Fall 2016-Present
Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society Conference Evaluator, Fall 2016
Graduate Faculty Committee, Department of EMFL (DEMFL), Spring 2016-Present
College Language Association HBCU Committee Secretary, Spring 2016-Present
COLA Dean’s Committee on Evolution & Innovation, Spring 2016-Present
Planet Deep South Conference Planning Committee, Fall 2015-Spring 2016
University Grievance Committee, College of Liberal Arts Representative, Fall 2015-Present
English Forum Committee, Department of EMFL, Fall 2015-Present
College of Liberal Arts ( COLA)National Conference Committee (CFP / Planning), Fall 2015-Fall 2016
Family Ministry Committee Member, Greer Chapel UMC, Flowood, MS, Fall 2015-Present
HBCU All-Star Alumni Advisory Board, Board Member, JSU Representative, Summer 2015-Present
Treasurer, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, JSU Chapter, Spring 2015-Present
Communications Director, Greer Chapel UMC, Flowood, MS, Spring 2015-Present
Archivist, Greer Chapel UMC, Flowood, MS, Spring 2015-Present
Co-Coordinator, Creative Arts Festival, Margaret Walker Center    , Fall 2014-Present
Faculty Liaison to the Honors College, College of Liberal Arts,  Fall 2013-Present
Faculty Senate Representative, Department of EMFL, Fall 2013-Present
Secretary, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, JSU Chapter,  Fall 2013-Present           
Invited Committee Member, Graduate Faculty Committee, Department of EMFL, Summer 2013
Co-Advisor, Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society, Department of EMFL, Spring 2013-Present
Committee Member, Women’s History Month Conference, Department of EMFL, Spring 2013
Judge, MS Regional District Reading Fair, MS Department of Education, April, Spring 2013 & 2015
Judge, Artistic Display, Foreign Languages Fair, Department of EMFL, Spring 2013
Reader, Jackson Public School System, Dr. Seuss Read Across America Day, March, Spring 2013 & 2014
Judge, Jackson Public School System, Martin Luther King, Jr., Essay and Poetry Contests, Spring 2013
Committee Member, Departmental Special Events Committee, Department of EMFL, Fall 2012-Present
Honors College Faculty, Department of English & MFL, JSU, Fall 2012-Present
Article Reviewer, Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, Fall 2012-Present  

Professional Memberships:
College Language Association (HBCU Committee, 2014; 2016)    
Mississippi Philological Association (MPA)    
National Society of Collegiate Scholars – Honoree / Inductee (Student Nominated)    
National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA)
Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society
Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society