Jeffrey Sartain, Ph.D.
Director of Professional Writing
Assistant Professor English
Phone: (361) 570-4254
Jeffrey A. Sartain teaches literature and composition. He studies the culture of the digital age, posthumanism, contemporary authors, and literary minimalism. He is the editor of Sacred and Immoral: On the Writings of Chuck Palahniuk (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009), and the author of numerous pieces on contemporary American literature. He has written for an international list of journals, magazines, and newspapers, including the Indiana Review, Ninth Letter, Poets and Writers, South Africa’s Weekender, The Guardian, Playboy, and American Book Review. In addition to his scholarship, he has written marketing and professional copy for businesses and non-profits for many years. He currently serves as the Managing Editor for American Book Review.
- Guest Editor, “In Focus: Minimalism.” American Book Review 33.4. Forthcoming.
- “Days Gone By: Robert Kirkman's Re-envisioned Western, The Walking Dead. ” Accepted for publication in Undead and the West II: They Just Keep Coming, Eds. Miller and Van Riper. Forthcoming, Scarecrow Press.
- “Electronic Pioneers and Silicon Gunslingers: Non-Fiction Narratives of the Computer Industry.” Crisscrossing Borders in Literature of the American West. Eds. Cheli Reutter and Reginald Dyck. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. 21-35.
- Editor, Sacred and Immoral: On the Writings of Chuck Palahniuk. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009. ISBN: 978-1-4438-0328-1
- Sartain, Jeffrey A. and Courtney Wennerstrom. “Invisible Carrots and Fainting Fans: Queer Humor and Abject Horror in ‘Guts.’” Sacred and Immoral: On the Writings of Chuck Palahniuk. Ed. Jeffrey A. Sartain Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009. 159-177.
- “Phillip K. Dick,” “Gonzo Journalism,” “Dennis Hopper,” “Chuck Palahniuk,” “Medieval Re- enactment,” “Role-Playing Games,” “The X-Files.” American Countercultures: An Encyclopedia of Nonconformists, Alternative Lifestyles, and Radical Ideas in U.S. History. Ed. Gina Misiroglu. New York: Sharpe Reference, 2009. Won American Library Association’s RUSA Award for Best Reference Work, 2010.
- “Chuck Palahniuk” and “Tom Spanbauer.” LGBTQ America Today: An Encyclopedia. Ed. John Hawley. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2008. 844-45, 1155-56.
- “’Even the Mona Lisa’s Falling Apart’: The Cultural Assimilation of Scientific Epistemologies in Chuck Palahniuk’s Fiction.” Stirrings Still 2.2 (2005): 25-47.
- Rev. of Clown Girl, by Monica Drake. Indiana Review 29.1 (2007): 188-89.
- “The Rarest of Literary Concoctions.” Rev. of Icelander, by Dustin Long. American Book Review 28.2 (2007): 23-24.
- Rev. of Last Fall, by Ronald Sukenick. Indiana Review 28.2 (2007): 134-35.
- Rev. of The Skyscraper That Flew, by Jesús Salvador Treviño. Indiana Review 28.1 (2006): 182-83.
- Rev. of Exit Strategy, by Douglas Rushkoff. Indiana Review 27.1 (2005): 238-40.
- “All the Lonely People.” Rev. of Stranger than Fiction: True Stories, by Chuck Palahniuk. American Book Review 26.1 (2004): 26.
Selected Conferences and Presentations
- “Days Gone By: Robert Kirkman's Re-envisioned Western, The Walking Dead.” 40th Annual Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture, 23-26 February 2012.
- “Posthuman Futures: Narrative and Universal Subjectivities in Popular Posthumanism.” MLA 2011. January 5-9, 2011.
- “Invisible Carrots and Fainting Fans: Queer Humor and Abject Horror in ‘Guts.’” 37th Annual Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, University of Louisville, 19-21 Feb. 2009.
- Jeff Sartain and Courtney Wennerstrom. "It Takes 'Guts': Chuck Palahniuk's Open Secret.” Open Secrets: Knowing and Unknowing. Indiana University Graduate Conference 2008. 21-22 Mar 2008.
- “Silicon Gunslingers and Cyber Puritans: Myth, Masculinity, and the Development of the Information Industry.” 35th Annual 20th Century Literature Conference, University of Louisville, 22-24 Feb. 2007.
- “Business Culture and Technorealism: Technology and Subjectivity in the Fiction of Coupland, Powers, Rushkoff, and Gibson.” 34th Annual 20th Century Literature Conference, University of Louisville, 23-25 Feb. 2006.
- “Hegemonic Fantasies: Conservative Politics in Original Fantasy Films of the 1980’s.” 1980s in Literature and Culture Conference, University of Cincinnati, 6 Nov. 2004.
- “A Man against the People: Postmodern Excess in Citizen Kane." Indiana University Conference on Excess, 3 Apr. 2004.
- "Light, Chaos, and Entropy: Contemporary Physics in Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Club." 2nd Chuck Palahniuk Conference: "Postcards from the Future," Edinboro University, 11 Apr. 2003.
- "Light, Chaos, and Entropy: Contemporary Physics in Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Club." 31st Annual 20th Century Literature Conference, University of Louisville, 28 Feb. 2003.
- "The Myth of Gonzo: Revealing the Methods behind Hunter S. Thompson’s Madness." Illinois State University Graduate Research Symposium, 27 Apr. 2001.