Professor of English Literature
Professor Schmidt is an authority on U.S. literature with particular focus on fiction and poetry of the 20th century.
He is the author of The Heart of the Story: Eudora Welty's Short Fiction (University Press of Mississippi, 1991) and William Carlos Williams, The Arts, and Literary Tradition (LSU Press, 1988) and co-editor with Amrit Singh of Postcolonial Theory and the United States: Race, Ethnicity, and Literature (University Press of Mississippi, 2000).
Two of his books "...move backward in time to consider fiction published about the U.S. South during Reconstruction and the Jim Crow eras...Sitting in Darkness: New South Fiction, Education, and the Rise of Jim Crow Colonialism, 1865-1920, treating Twain, Du Bois, Cable, Griggs, and many authors who should be better known in U.S. literary history...[and] Anxious Whiteface: Joel Chandler Harris and "Race" in New South Fiction; in addition to Harris' "Uncle Remus," [which] considers black storytellers in other Southern authors such as Ruth McEnery Stuart and Charles Chesnutt." Sitting in Darkness was published in 2008, and Anxious Whiteface is forthcoming.
Professor Schmidt received his B.A. from Oberlin College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.