Jon Mitchell is a Senior Lecturer in American Studies. He joined the School of American Studies in 2010. He received his Ph.D from the University of Wales, Swansea in 2003. While living in Ireland for nearly ten years, he taught at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth; University College Dublin; and Trinity College Dublin.
The Empty Child: Dystopian Innocence in Samuel Delany's Hogg,
in European Journal of American Studies
(3)Full Text UEA Repository
Revisions of the American Adam: Innocence, Identity, and Masculinity in Twentieth Century America,
ISBN 978744778707UEA Repository
Quempire: A Loiterly Journey into Heart of Darkness,
in Indiscretions: At the Intersection of Queer and Postcolonial Theory.
ISBN 9789042031876UEA Repository
‘Jim Stark’s ‘Barbaric Yawp,’ Rebel Without a Cause and the Cold War Crisis in Masculinity’,
in Rebel Without a Cause: Approaches to a Maverick Masterwork.
ISBN 9780791466469UEA Repository
'Secular Millennialism and the Salvation of Anglo-America: Policing “the last barrier of civilization”’,
in Irish Journal of American Studies
pp. 133-150UEA Repository
Key Research Interests
Jon’s research interests include: US masculinity and national identity; Vietnam War and its literature; US literature and culture of the 50s and 60s; anti-racism/whiteness studies; psychoanalytic theory (Lacan and Zizek); queer theory; narrative theory (narratology and post-narratology); ‘Christian Identity’ and fundamentalism; and methodology in American Studies
I am available to supervise research students with similar research interests.
I am responsible for organizing and/or teaching on the following modules:
AMAS5028Y: Exceptional States: US Intellectual and Cultural History.
AMAS5020B: They Came From Outer-the-Closet: Gender, Sexuality, and Panic in American Film and Literature
AMAS6050B: Exploded Forms: Post World War II American Fiction
I also contribute teaching to first year lectures.
AMAS7018A: American Scholars: Research and reading in American Studies
Jon is the current Convenor for the Final Year Dissertation. Previously, he was the Course Director for Undergraduate and Taught Postgraduate American Studies programmes in the Department of American Studies up until August 2017.