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Jeffrey Roessner

Dean, The School of the Humanities; Professor

Contact Information

OFFICE: Preston 220
PHONE: 814-824-2136

Dr. Roessner is a professor of English and dean of the School of Humanities at 六合彩开奖记录t. He teaches classes in contemporary literature, popular music and literature, cultural studies, and creative writing.

His research focuses on popular music, contemporary literature, and interdisciplinary studies, with a special interest in creativity theory. He is co-editor of Write in Tune: Contemporary Music in Fiction (Bloomsbury), and his publications include multiple essays on The Beatles, along with articles on The Velvet Underground, rock mockumentaries, the post-confessional lyricism of R.E.M., protest music in the wake of 9/11, and satellite radio and the re-conception of musical genres. His literary scholarship includes studies of post-postmodernism in the works of Roddy Doyle and historiographic writing by Angela Carter, Jeanette Winterson, and Alison Bechdel, among others. A longtime musician, he has also published a book on songwriting, Creative Guitar: Writing Rock Songs with Originality (Mel Bay).

About Dr. Roessner
    • Ph.D., English, University of Notre Dame, 1998
    • MFA, Creative Writing, University of Notre Dame, 1998
    • M.A., English, University of Notre Dame, 1993
    • B.A., English, 六合彩开奖记录t University, 1989
    • Twentieth and twenty-first century British literature
    • Literature and music
    • Popular music
    • Creative writing
    • Contemporary world literature
    • Film studies
    • Research and writing
    • The British New Wave
    • Contemporary Literature and Music
    • Modern English and Irish Literature
    • Senior English Project
    • Reading the Beatles
    • Bob Dylan
    • Postmodern Literature
    • Creative Writing Poetry
    • Research and Writing
    • Music and literature
    • Popular music
    • Twentieth and twenty-first century literature
    • Postmodernism and after
    • Cultural studies
    • Genre studies

    Edited Collection

    • Write in Tune: Contemporary Music in Fiction. Ed. Erich Hertz and Jeffrey Roessner. Bloomsbury (2014).


    • 鈥淢adcap Laughs: The Evolution of John Lennon鈥檚 Humor.鈥 The Beatles and Humour: Mockers, Funny Papers, and Other Play. Ed. Katie Kapurch, Heyman Matthias, and Richard Mills. Bloomsbury (2023).
    • 鈥淪aved by Rock and Roll: The Velvet Underground In and Out of History.鈥 What Goes On: The Velvet Underground and After. Ed. Sean Albiez and David Pattie. Bloomsbury (2022).
    • 鈥淭he Three Ages of Fan: Identity, Irony, and Post-postmodernism in Roddy Doyle鈥檚 Popular Music Narratives.鈥 Popular Music and the Poetics of Self in Fiction. Ed. Norbert Bachleitner and Juliane Werner. Brill (2022).
    • 鈥淒own at the Devil鈥檚 Crossroads: Romanticizing Robert Johnson.鈥 AMP: American Musical Perspectives 1.1 (2020).
    • 鈥淭he Rise of Celebrity Culture and Fanship with the Beatles in the 1960s.鈥 The Beatles in Context. Ed. Ken Womack. Cambridge UP (2020).
    • 鈥淩evolution 2.0: Beatles Fan Scholarship in the Digital Age.鈥 New Critical Perspectives on the Beatles: Things We Said Today. Ed. Ken Womack and Katie Kapurch. Palgrave (2016).
    • 鈥淩adio in Transit: Satellite, Cars, and Commodified Nostalgia.鈥 Listening Spaces: 21st Century Perspectives on Music, Technology, and Culture. Ed. Richard Purcell and Richard Randall. Palgrave (2016).
    • 鈥淔rom Mach Shau to Mock Show: The Beatles, Shea Stadium and Rock Spectacle.鈥 The Arena Concert: Music, Media and Mass Entertainment. Ed. Robert Edgar, Kristy Fairclough-Isaacs, Ben Halligan and Nicola Spelman. Bloomsbury (2015).
    • 鈥淥ld Father, New Artificer: Teaching Alison Bechdel鈥檚 Fun Home as Postmodern Literature.鈥 Co-authored with student Eithne Amos. Class, Please Open Your Comics: Essays on Teaching with Graphic Narratives. Ed. Matthew Miller. McFarland (2015).

    Conference Presentations

    • 鈥淓verything and the Kitchen Sink: British Social Realist Drama and Paul McCartney鈥檚 Lyric Imagination.鈥 Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900. Louisville, KY; February 23-25, 2023.
    • 鈥淭he Three Ages of Fan: Identity, Irony, and Metamodernism in Roddy Doyle鈥檚 Popular Music Narratives.鈥 Popular Music and the Self in Contemporary Fiction. University of Vienna; May 30-31, 2019. (Invited Presentation)
    • 鈥溾楪enius is Pain鈥欌: John Lennon鈥檚 Confessional Turn on The White Album.鈥 The Beatles鈥 The White Album: An International Symposium. Monmouth University; Monmouth, NJ: November 8鈥11, 2018.
    • 鈥淪ome Notes on the Guitar Styles of The White Album.鈥 The Beatles鈥 The White Album: An International Symposium. Monmouth University; Monmouth, NJ: November 8鈥11, 2018.
    • 鈥淐ollage 脿 Trois: Sgt. Pepper and The Beatles鈥 Artistic Persona.鈥 Summit of Creativity: A Celebration of the Fiftieth Anniversary of The Beatles鈥 Sgt. Pepper鈥檚 Lonely Hearts Club Band. University of Michigan; Ann Arbor, MI: June 1-4, 2017.
    • 鈥淩oddy Doyle鈥檚 The Commitments and After: Postmodern Style in History.鈥 South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference; Durham, NC: November 13-15, 2015.