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Jennifer Nolan

Assoc Professor

Department of English

Tompkins Hall 241


Dr. Nolan’s research falls at the intersection of two interrelated domains: twentieth-century American literature and periodical studies. Her scholarship focuses on F. Scott Fitzgerald, the short story, and illustration, with particular emphasis on the cultural, historical, editorial, and visual contexts of popular American magazines in the first half of the twentieth century. She received her Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park and teaches courses that incorporate interdisciplinary methods to explore twentieth-century U.S. literature, art, and cultures. She serves on the board of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Society and was the program director for its 14th International Conference held in Saint Paul, MN in 2017.

Research Publications

Peer-Reviewed Articles & Book Chapters

Introduction. The Complete Magazine Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1921 – 1924, edited by Jennifer Nolan and Alexandra Mitchell, University of Edinburgh Press, 2023. (forthcoming)

“Illustrating ‘Winter Dreams’ in Context.” The F. Scott Fitzgerald Review, vol. 19, 2022, pp. 32-53

“The Clues on the Cover: Scribner, P. D. James, and the Making of a Literary Reputation.” Mean Streets: A Journal of American Crime and Detective Fiction, vol 2, Spring 2021, pp. 13-30.

Langston Hughes: Refugee in the Post‘s America.” American Periodicals, vol 29, no. 2, September 2019. 163-177.

“The Car as a Vehicle for Teaching Ernest Gaines’s ‘A Long Day in November.'” Approaches to Teaching Gaines’s The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman and Other Worksedited by John Lowe, Modern Language Association of America, 2019. 212-218.

May Wilson Preston and the Birth of Fitzgerald’s Flapper: Illustrating Social Transformation in ‘Bernice Bobs Her Hair.” Journal of Modern Periodical Studies, vol. 8, no. 1, 2017. 56-80.

Reading ‘Babylon Revisited’ as a Post Text: F. Scott Fitzgerald, George Horace Lorimer, and the Saturday Evening Post Audience.” Book History, vol. 20, 2017. 351- 373.

Visualizing ‘The Rich Boy:’ F. Scott Fitzgerald, F. R. Gruger, and the Red Book MagazineThe F. Scott Fitzgerald Review, vol. 15, 2017. 17-33.

“Gearing Up for War: Faulkner’s ‘Two Soldiers’ and the Saturday Evening Post.” Faulkner and Print Culture, edited by Jay Watson and Jaime Harker, University of Mississippi Press, 2017. 108-120.

“Towards a Life History of Reading.” Reception: Texts, Readers, Audiences, History vol. 3, 2011, pp. 35-58.


“Exploring the American Interwar Magazine Market: A Roundtable.” MLA Annual Convention, San Francisco, January 2023. Presider and speaker.

Invited Speaker: “F. Scott Fitzgerald and the Jazz Age Magazine.” F. Scott Fitzgerald McDermott Lecturer, Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, September 2022.

“‘This is a Magazine:’ Fitzgerald and ‘the American Periodical World.’” Fitzgerald Summer School, F. Scott Fitzgerald Society, June 2021. Panel organizer and speaker.

Panelist, The Fitzgerald Pandemic Webinar SeriesEpisode 6: “The Short Stories, Volume 1.” Sponsored by Gatsby in Connecticut/Against the Grain Productions. December 18, 2020.

“Repatriating Fitzgerald’s Americans in the Saturday Evening Post.” Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, & Publishing (SHARP) Annual Conference. Amherst, MA, July 2019

“‘Now Once More the Belt is Tight:’ ‘Summon[ing] the Proper Expression of Horror’ in Fitzgerald’s Post Stories of the Early 1930s.” Place and Placelessness: The 15th International F. Scott Fitzgerald Society Conference, Toulouse, France, June 2019

Cosmopolitan Magazine and the Art of Commerce: Illustration, Advertising, and “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber.” Hemingway in Paris: 18th International Hemingway Conference, Paris, France, July 2018

“Illustrating Women: Female Artists and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Saturday Evening Post Stories.” The American Stort Story: New Horizons. Mainz, Germany, October 2017

“Langston Hughes: ‘Refugee in [the Post’s] America.” American Literature Association. Boston, MA, May 2017

“Modernist Literature Meets Commercial Editing: Katherine Mansfield, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and the Women’s Home Companion.” Modernist Studies Association. Pasadena, CA, November 2016

“Visualizing ‘The Rich Boy;’ F. Scott Fitzgerald, F.R.Gruger, and Red Book Magazine.” The American Short Story: An Expansion of a Genre (Society for the Study of the American Short Story). Savannah, GA, October 2016

“Repositioning P.D. James for the 21st Century: Scribner, Mystery Fiction, and the Literary Canon.” Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, & Publishing (SHARP) Annual Meeting. Paris, France, July 2016

“From Suffragette to Flapper: Illustrating Social Transformation in ‘Bernice Bobs Her Hair.'” American Literature Association. San Francisco, May 2016

“Gearing Up for War: Faulkner’s ‘Two Soldiers’ and the Saturday Evening Post. “Faulkner and Print Culture: The Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference.” Oxford, MS, July 2015

“Illustrating ‘The Rich Boy.’” “‘Gaelicly Yours, Scott Fitzgerald’: The Thirteenth International F. Scott Fitzgerald Society Conference.” Waterford, Ireland, July 2015

“Reading the Shelves: Book Display & the Creation of Readerly Identity.” Researching the Reading Experience. Oslo, Norway, June 2013

“The Paperback Revolution and the American Literature Classroom.” Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, & Publishing (SHARP) Annual Meeting. Washington DC, July 2011

“Cultural Authority and the GLBT Science Fiction Community.”  SHARP (Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing) panel at the American Studies Association Annual Meeting. San Antonio, TX, November 2011

“Living with Books: How Books are used to Construct Identity in Domestic Spaces.” Material Cultures 2010: Technology, Textuality, and Transmission. The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, July 2010


Dr. Nolan is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and has worked in several capacities for NC State’s Zeta of North Carolina Chapter of the society. She serves on the Committee on Alumni & Honorary Members (2017-2020), and formerly served as President, Vice President, and Past President (2011-2017). She was also honored to be chosen as NC State’s Delegate to the Triennial Conference in 2012.


Ph.D. American Studies University of Maryland, College Park

M.A. English Language and Literature University of Virginia

B.A. English and Philosophy University of Texas at Austin