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Dr. Andrew J. Kunka,

Professor of English



Andrew Kunka has been a member of the USC Sumter English department since 2001. He received his Ph.D in Twentieth Century British Literature from Purdue University in 2001. His dissertation, "The Inward Scream": Shell-Shock Narratives in Twentieth-Century British Culture, examines the role of shell shock in British narratives of the First World War. He received an M.A. in English from Marquette University and a B.A. in English from Moorhead State University in Minnesota (now known as Minnesota State University Moorhead).

He has taught English 101 (Composition), English 102 (Composition and Literature), English 282 (Fiction), English 283 (Themes in British Writing), English 285 (Themes in American Writing), English 287 (American Literature), English 288 and 289 (British Literature I and II), Film 180 (Film Culture), Film 240 (Introduction to Film Studies), English 309 (Teaching Writing in One-on-One Sessions), and English 413 (Modern British Literature). He has also taught courses on graphic novels, detective fiction, and postmodern British literature.

Dr. Kunka's research interests include graphic novels, First World War literature, 19th and 20th century British novels, popular culture, and film, especially film noir, war movies, and horror films. He is currently working on a book-length project that explores the history of racial caricatures in American comic books.

In 2009, he and several friends created the popular Twitter feed @FakeAPStylebook, which parodies grammar rules and journalistic practices. The popularity of the feed (over 240,000 followers and growing) led to the publication of Write More Good: An Absolutely Phony Guide to Writing, published by Three Rivers Press in 2011. Write More Good has received positive reviews from The New Yorker, Library Journal, Kirkus Review, and many major newspapers.
He lives in Florence with his wife, Jennifer, who is a professor of English and director of the Writing Center at Francis Marion University. They have four cats-- Zoe, Quincy, Selina, and Harley—and a dog named Sherlock.


Selected Scholarly Publications


  • Autobiographical Comics. Topics in Comics Studies Series. Forthcoming from Bloomsbury, 2016.


  • May Sinclair: Moving towards the Modern.  Ed. Andrew J. Kunka and Michele K. Troy.  Ashgate Press, 2006.  Includes an introduction co-written by the editors, and the essay, “‘He Isn’t Quite an Ordinary Coward’: Gender, Cowardice, and Shell Shock in The Romantic and Anne Severn and the Fieldings,” by Andrew J. Kunka.


  • “Race and Ethnicity in Comics.” Routledge Companion to Comics. Ed. Roy Cook, Frank Bramlett, and Aaron Meskin. Forthcoming from Routledge Press.


  • A Contract with God, The First Kingdom, and the ‘Graphic Novel’: The Will Eisner/Jack Katz Letters.” The Future Past of Comics. Ed. Jared Gardner. Forthcoming from Ohio State University Press.


  • “Caricature, Cartooning, and Race in the Graphic Narratives of Kyle Baker and Gene Luen Yang.”  Coloring America: Multi-Ethnic Engagements in Recent Graphic Narratives.  Ed. Derek Parker Royal.  Forthcoming from the University Press of Mississippi, 2016.


  • “Intertextuality and the Historical Graphic Narrative: Kyle Baker’s Nat Turner and the Styron Controversy.” Special issue on “Visual Narratives.” College Literature. 38.3 (2011): 168-93.


  • “Black Condor,” “Blackhawk (I),” “Blackhawk (II),” “Crandall, Reed,” “Fine, Lou,” “Kane, Gil (I),” “Kane, Gil (II),” “Hellblazer (III),” “Hellblazer (IV),” “Thomas, Roy (II),” “Thomas, Roy (III),” and “Thomas, Roy (IV).” The Comics through Time: An Historical Encyclopedia. Ed. M. Keith Booker. Greenwood Press, 2014.


  • “Black Condor,” “Hellblazer,” “Kane, Gil,” “Richie Rich,” and “Wolfman, Marv.”  Encyclopedia of Comic Books and Graphic Novels.  Ed. M. Keith Booker. Greenwood Press, 2010.


  • “The Evolution of Mourning in Siegfried Sassoon’s War Writing.”  Modernism and Mourning.  Ed. Patricia Rae.  Bucknell University Press, 2006.


Book Reviews

  • Review of Jaime Hernandez, God and Science: The Return of the Ti-Girls. Image/Text, 7.1 (2013).


  • Review of Marc Singer, Grant Morrison: Combining the Worlds of Contemporary Comics. American Studies, 52.2 (2013).


  • Review of Charles Hatfield, Alternative Comics: An Emerging LiteratureMELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature in the U.S., 32.3 (2007).


  • Review of Christine Froula, Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Avant-garde: War, Civilization, ModernityJournal of British Studies, 46.1 (January 2007).


  • Review of George M. Johnson, Dynamic Psychology in Modernist British FictionModern Fiction Studies, 53.4 (Winter 2007).


  • Review of Celia Malone Kingsbury, The Peculiar Sanity of War: Hysteria in the Literature of World War OneModern Fiction Studies 50.2 (2004): 511-13.


  • Review of Stuart Sillars, Structure and Dissolution in English Writing, 1910-1920Modern Fiction Studies 46.4 (2000): 1034-36.


  • Review of Trudi Tate, Modernism, History and the First World WarModern Fiction Studies 45.2 (1999): 516-20.


  • Review Essay: “‘Adversary Proceedings’: Recent Books on War and Modernism.”  Special issue on “Modernisms and Modern Wars,” guest edited by Margot Norris. Modern Fiction Studies. 44.3 (1998): 813-33.


  • Review of Phyllis Lassner, British Women Writers of World War II: Battlegrounds of their OwnModern Fiction Studies 44.4 (1998): 1024-27.


  • Review of Major Authors on CD-Rom: Virginia WoolfModern Fiction Studies 44.2 (1998): 449-51.


  • Review of Martha Fodaski Black, Shaw and Joyce: The Last Word in Stolentelling. James Joyce Literary Supplement 9.2 (1995): 14.