Jessica Martell

Academic Specialty:

Modern and Contemporary British, Irish, and American literatures, Anglophone Modernisms, Literature and the Environment, World Literature and Film, Film Studies, Food Studies, and Critical Theory.


  • Ph.D. in English UNC Chapel Hill
  • M.A. in English, UNC Chapel Hill
  • M.A.T. in English Education, City College, CUNY
  • B.A. in English (Poetry), Northwestern University

Prior to joining the faculty at ASU as a Visiting Assistant Professor, Jessica Martell was an Assistant Professor of English at Lincoln Memorial University and a graduate instructor at UNC Chapel Hill, where she earned the Earl Hartsell Award for Outstanding Teaching. Multiple research fellowships in British archives supported her doctoral work on the impact of industrial food chains upon the emergence of literary modernisms in Britain and Ireland, which forms the core of her first book project, which is under contract. She is also co-editing a scholarly volume on transnational modernisms and food studies, forthcoming from the University of Florida Press. Dr. Martell teaches courses on modern British, Irish, American, and World Literatures, Literature and the Environment, Writing, and Food Studies. She is a member of the Executive Board of Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture and recently co-organized the 2017 High Country Food Summit.

Selected Publications:

Peer-Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters

"Food Sovereignty, the Irish Homestead, and the First World War." Modernist Cultures. Special Issue: "Ireland and the First World War." Ed. Mark Quigley. 13.2 (Autumn 2018).

"Farm Noir: Agriculture, Empathy, and Genre." John Alton: An Artist of the Moving Image. Ed. Leon Lewis. Forthcoming from McFarland Press. Co-authored.

"Cormac McCarthy's 'Bogfolk': Apocalypse, Fertility Rites, and Irish History in The Road." Swamp Souths: Literary and Cultural Ecologies. Eds. Eric Gary Anderson, Taylor Hagood, Kirsten Squint, and Anthony Wilson. Forthcoming 2020. Co-authored with Zackary Vernon.

“Vorticism in the Age of Climate Change.” Modernism and the Anthropocene. Eds. Jon Hegglund and John McIntyre (Forthcoming 2018).

“Reading the Forms of History: Plantation Ledgers and Modernist Experimentation in William Faulkner’s ‘The Bear.’” Fifty Years After Faulkner. Ed. Jay Watson. Oxford, MS: Univ. of Mississippi Press, 2016. Co-authored with Patrick E. Horn and Zackary Vernon.

“‘Of Great Gabasidy’: Joseph Conrad’s Lord Jim and the Making of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.” Journal of Modern Literature 38.3 (2015): 56-70. Co-authored with Zackary Vernon.

“The Unmaking of a Pig: Nature and New Butchery.” Gastronomica: The Journal of Critical Food Studies 14.2 (Summer 2014): 56-63.

“The Dorset Dairy, the Pastoral, and Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles.” Nineteenth-Century Literature 68.1 (June 2013): 64-89.

Recent Conference Presentations

"Apocalypse, Sacrifice, and the End of Food in Cormac McCarthy's The Road." Association for the Study of Literature & the Environment (ASLE) Annual Conference, Detroit, MI, June 21-25, 2017.

"Mountain Whisk(e)y-ways: Marketing the World's Regions." Appalachian Studies Association Biennial Conference, Blacksburg, VA, March 8-10, 2017.

“Potatoes and the Rhizomatic Politics of James Joyce’s Dubliners.” Modernist Studies Association Annual Conference, Pasadena CA, November 17-20, 2016.

“Ross McElwee and Werner Herzog: ‘Ecstatic Truth’ and Southern Cinema.” Society for the Study of Southern Literature Biennial Conference, Boston, MA, March 10-12, 2016.

“Co-operative Food Politics and the Irish Literary Revival.” Modernist Studies Association Annual Conference, Boston MA, November 18-22, 2015.

“Transoceanic Foodways, Empire-Building, and the Business of Archives.” Modernist Studies Association Roundtable: “Archives Across Borders,” SAMLA Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA, November 8-11, 2013.

“Narrating ‘Sea Change’ in M.F.K. Fisher’s The Gastronomical Me.” Modernist Studies Association Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV, October 18-21, 2012.

Title: Visiting Faculty
Department: Department of English

Email address: Email me

Office address
343 Sanford Hall