Nancy West

Nancy West
230 Tate Hall

PhD 1992, University of North Carolina

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.

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

Selected Publications

“Beyond Downton.” Adaptation in Visual Culture: Images, Texts, and Their Multiple Worlds, ed. Julia Grossman. Palgrave-Macmillan, forthcoming in 2017.

“Royal Treatments: ‘The Crown’ After Brexit.” Los Angeles Review of Books. February 3 2017.

“How Victoria Aims to Connect to Young Women.” The Atlantic. January 3 2017.   

“History in the Making: the Future of PBS Lies in the Masterpiece Past.” Written By Magazine. September/October 2016: 42-49

“Still Lives: Photography, Nostalgia, and the Child Who has Died.” Special Issue on Nostalgias. Photography and Culture. 9 (2016): 103-120.