Jessica Martell

Academic Specialty:

  • Anglophone Modernisms
  • Modern and Contemporary British and Irish Literatures
  • Literature and the Environment
  • Food Studies


  • 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, 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 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. This research forms the core of her monograph, From Farm to Form: Modernist Ecologies and the Food Politics of Empire, 1890-1930, which is currently under contract. She is also co-editor of the forthcoming collection Modernism and Food Studies: Politics, Aesthetics, and the Avant-Garde (University Press of Florida, 2019).

At ASU, 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 co-organized Appalachian State’s 2017 High Country Food Summit.

Selected Publications:


Modernism and Food Studies: Politics, Aesthetics, and the Avant-Garde. Co-edited with Philip Keel Geheber and Adam Fajardo. University Press of Florida, 2019.                

See a preview in University Press of Florida’s Fall 2018 Catalog.

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

“Cormac McCarthy’s ‘Bogfolk’: Archaeology, Fertility Rites, and Irish History in The Road” American Conference on Irish Studies, University College Cork, Ireland, June 18-22, 2018.

 “Joyce’s Ecosystems: Machinery, Adultery, Identity.” Panel Chair. American Conference on Irish Studies, University College Cork, Ireland, June 18-22, 2018.

"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.


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Title: Visiting Faculty
Department: Department of English

Email address: Email me

Office address
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