Texas Tech University

Jen Shelton

Associate Professor

Email: jen.shelton@ttu.edu

Ph.D. Vanderbilt

Dr. Shelton has published essays on incest as a narrative structure in works of Joyce, Woolf and Nabokov.

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  • Joyce and the Narrative Structure of Incest. James Joyce Series. University Press of Florida, 2006.


  • “‘Don't say such foolish things, dear': Speaking Incest in The Voyage Out.” Incest and the Literary Imagination, ed. Elizabeth Barnes.  Gainesville:  University Press of  Florida, 2002.  224-248.
  • “‘The Word is Incest':  Sexual and Linguistic Coercion in Lolita.”  Textual Practice 13.2 (Summer 1999).  273-294.
  • “Issy's Footnote:  Disruptive Narrative and the Discursive Structure of Incest in Finnegans Wake.”  ELH 66.1 (Spring 1999).  203-221.
  • “Bad Girls:  Gerty, Cissy, and the Erotics of Unruly Speech.”  James Joyce Quarterly 34.1-2 (Fall 1996-Winter 1997).  87-102.
  • “What is the Subject?  Speaking, Silencing, (Self) Censorship.”  With Darlene Dralus.  Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature 14.1 (Spring 1995).  19-37.


  • Teaching Academy, Member

In Progress

  • Play, Games, and Contest from Children's Books to Modernism

    My second book again addresses writers' use of children's voices to interpellate resistive energies in texts, this time looking at literature written for children as a source of modernism's playfulness.  The book will include chapters on Lewis Carroll, E. Nesbit, and James Joyce.  At heart, this manuscript examines power relations in narrative, being particularly interested in the ways in which texts and readers share power and contest it.