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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 287 (American Literature), English 288 and 289 (British Literature I and II), Film 180 (Film Culture), Film 240 (Introduction to Film Studies), 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.
His essay, “Intertextuality and the Historical Graphic Narrative: Kyle Baker’s Nat Turner and the Styron Controversy,” was published in the Summer 2011 special issue of College Literature devoted to “visual narratives.” He also wrote several entries and served on the editorial board for the Encyclopedia of Comic Books and Graphic Novels, edited by M. Keith Booker for Greenwood Press (2010). He is co-editor of May Sinclair: Moving Towards the Modern with Dr. Michele K. Troy (Ashgate Press, 2006), a collection of scholarly essays on the popular 19th- and 20th-century British novelist, to which he also contributed an essay on the novels The Romantic and Anne Severn and the Fieldings. He has also written an essay entitled "The Evolution of Mourning in Siegfried Sassoon's War Writing," for a collection on Modernism and Mourning from Bucknell University Press (2007). In addition, he has published essays on the novelist Ford Madox Ford, First World War literature, and war movies; has presented papers on both film and literature at many international, national, and regional conferences; and has written book reviews for Modern Fiction Studies, The Journal of British Studies, and MELUS. Based on his interest in film, he founded USC Sumter's Summer Film Series.
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 an associate professor of English and director of the Writing Center at Francis Marion University. They have four cats: Dodger, Gilbert, Zoe, and Quincy.