Faculty and Staff
- Associate Professor
Introduction to Literature; American Literature Survey II; American Novel; Writing in the Disciplines; Contemporary Literature
Kelly Reames received her B.A. at Vanderbilt University and her M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina. Before coming to WKU in 2002, she taught for two years at Oklahoma State University. Courses she regularly teaches include Survey in American Literature II, The American Novel, and Contemporary Literature. Her interests include life writing and African American literature. She is interested in how authors represent the relationship between physical bodies, perception, and identity, including how people interpret others' bodies. She is the founder of the Lillian Hellman Society and editor of its newsletter. Her publications include Toni Morrison's Paradise: A Reader's Guide and Women and Race in Contemporary U.S. Writing: From Faulkner to Morrison. She is currently working on a book on Lillian Hellman and is also under contract with the University of South Carolina press to write a book on Dorothy Allison for their Understanding Contemporary American Literature series.