Assistant Professor, English
Ph.D., Indiana University, 2011
Office: Alumni 210
Jon Blandford is an Assistant Professor of English whose research interests include U.S. crime literature, law and literature, and the intersections between popular and literary culture. In addition to the Early American survey he teaches every fall, Dr. Blandford has offered courses covering a variety of subjects, ranging from canonical works such as Moby-Dick to the pulp detective fiction of the early twentieth century. He has given recent conference presentations on Ernest Hemingway and Cormac McCarthy, Harriet Prescott Spofford’s detective story “In a Cellar,” and Catharine Williams’s early work of true crime Fall River. He is the author of forthcoming publications on the memoirs of late eighteenth-century con man Stephen Burroughs and on spectacle in nineteenth-century American law and culture.
When not doing the things an English professor does—e.g., reading, grading, stroking his beard contemplatively when students say smart things in class—Dr. Blandford enjoys running, cooking, and listening to music at inappropriately loud decibel levels. An avid, long-suffering baseball fan, Dr. Blandford hopes that this is the season the Cincinnati Reds finally win another World Series.
Select Publications and Presentations
“Spectacle,” in Ashgate Research Companion to Nineteenth-Century American Law and Culture. eds. Nan Goodman and Simon Stern (Ashgate, forthcoming 2015).
“Stephen Burroughs, Serial Offender: Formula and Fraud in Early U.S. Crime Literature,” in Murder by Series: Studies in Serial Crime Fiction, eds. Jean Anderson, Carolina Miranda, and Barbara Pezzotti (Palgrave Macmilllian, forthcoming 2014).
“Genre and Judgment in Catharine Williams’s Fall River. American Literature Association Annual Conference. Washington, D.C. May 2014.
“Fishing for Words: Language as Resource in McCarthy’s The Road and Hemingway’s ‘The Big Two-Hearted River.’” American Literature Association Symposium, “Ernest Hemingway, Cormac McCarthy, and Their Traditions.” New Orleans, Louisiana. Fall 2012.
“Buyers and Cellars: The Economy of an Underground Plot.” American Literature Association Symposium, “Mysterious America: Crime Fiction in American Culture.” Savannah, Georgia. Fall 2011.