Nancy West

208 Tate
Areas of Study: 
Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Literature
Victorian Period
Film Studies, Digital Storytelling, and Visual Studies
Research and Teaching: 

Victorian literature and culture, photographic history and theory, crime literature and film, British television drama

A winner of the William T. Kemper award for Outstanding Teaching, Nancy West has taught at MU since 1995, where she has also received two Gold Chalk Awards for Excellence in Graduate Teaching, the inaugural EGSA award for Outstanding Graduate Faculty Member, the Outstanding Mentor Award for Undergraduate Research, and the Faculty-Alumni Award. She has published scholarly articles in such journals as Narrative, Nineteenth Century Contexts, the Yale Journal of Criticism, and the Yale Journal of Law and Humanities. She has written a book on narrativity and film noir (called Tabloid, Inc: Crime, News, Narratives) and another book on the social meanings of snapshot photography (entitled Kodak and the Lens of Nostalgia). She is a contributor to The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Atlantic, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Written By Magazine. Currently, she is working on a book that explores the historical evolution of charm.


PhD 1992, University of North Carolina

Select Publications: 
Awards and Honors: 
  • Faculty-Alumni Award
  • EGSA Superior Graduate Faculty Award
  • Gold Chalk Award
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor Award
  • Ann C. Covington Award for Outstanding Mentorship
  • William T. Kemper Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching