Kristina Groover

Academic Specialty:

20th century British and American literature


  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • B.A., Dickinson College

Kristina K. Groover joined the Department of English at Appalachian State University in 1996. She teaches 20th century British and American literature, women's literature, and African American literature. Her recent research is on literary constructs of spirituality and intersections between feminist theology and women's literary texts.

Selected Publications:


Religion, Secularism, and the Spiritual Paths of Virginia Woolf.  Ed. Kristina K. Groover.  New York:  Palgrave Macmillan, 2019.

Things of the Spirit: Women Writers Constructing Spirituality. Ed. Kristina K. Groover. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2004.

The Wilderness Within: American Women Writers and Spiritual Quest. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 1999.

Journal articles:

"'Unforgetting':  Toni Morrison's Beloved and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice."  Bloomsbury Handbook to Toni Morrison, 2023: 183-196.

"Body and Soul: Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse." Renascence: Essays on Values in Literature 66.3 (Summer 2014): 217-29.

"'The conditions of our love': Seeking and Desiring in Jacob's Room. South Atlantic Review 77.3-4 (Summer 2012): 45-57.

"Enactment Theology and Mrs. Dalloway." Virginia Woolf Miscellany 80 (Fall 2011): 11-13.

"Taking the Doors Off the Hinges: Liminal Space in Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway. Literary London: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Representation of London. 6.1 (March 2008).

"Reconstructing the Sacred: Latina Feminist Theology in Sandra Cisneros' Woman Hollering Creek." English Language Notes 44.1 (Spring 2006): 191-97.

Title: Professor
Department: Department of English

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-2314

Office address
Sanford Hall 558