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Erich Nunn

Erich Nunn

Associate Professor

Director of Graduate Studies


Erich Nunn

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PhD, University of Virginia

About Me

Erich Nunn received his PhD from the University of Virginia. He specializes in American studies, with an emphasis on the U.S. South. His first book, Sounding the Color Line: Music and Race in the Southern Imagination, was published in the University of Georgia Press’s New Southern Studies Series. He has been a fellow at the Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Emory University, the Harry Ransom Center for the Humanities at the University of Texas at Austin, the Harrison Institute at the University of Virginia, the Appalachian Sound Archives at Berea College, and the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library at Texas Tech University.

Research Interests

20th to 21st-century American literature; American studies; the U.S. South; cultural studies; critical theory; space and place; women's and gender studies


  • Sounding the Color Line: Music and Race in the Southern Imagination (University of Georgia Press, 2015)
  • "American Balladry and the Anxiety of Ancestry." In Transatlantic Roots Music: Folk, Blues, and National Identities. UP of Mississippi, 2012. 57-76.
  • "'He Ain't Wrong, He's Just Different': Willie Nelson's Queer Outlaws." Studies in American Culture 34.1 (Fall 2011): 87-102.
  • "A Connecticut Yankee in Dixie: Mark Twain's Reconstruction." The Mark Twain Annual 9.1 (Fall 2011): 20-30.
  • "Country Music and the Souls of White Folk." Criticism: A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts 51.4 (Fall 2009): 623-649.
  • ''Don't Play No Blues': Race, Music, and Mourning in Faulkner's Sanctuary." The Faulkner Journal 24.2 (Spring 2009): 77-98.
  • ''A great addition to their harmony’: Plantation Slavery and Musical Exchange in Seventeenth-Century Barbados.” The Global South 10:2 (Fall 2016): 27-47. (published July 2017).
  • "Folk.” In Keywords for Southern Studies. Ed. Jennifer Rae Greeson and Scott Romine. University of Georgia Press. 2016. 189-199.
  • "Screening the Twenty-First Century South.” PMLA 131.1 (January 2016): 187-190.