Cheryl B. Lester

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - American Studies, English
Associate Professor
Primary office:
785-864-2503
Wescoe Hall
Room 3068
The University of Kansas
1440 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045-7594


20th-century African-American and Jewish-American literature, cultural studies and American Studies

Education

Ph.D., English and Comparative Literature, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

M.A., Comparative Literature, University of Southern California

B.A., History and English with Honors, University of Michigan

Teaching Interests

  • 20th-century American Literature and Culture
  • Literary and Cultural Theory
  • William Faulkner: Aging in Literature and Culture

Research Interests

  • 20th-century American Literature and Culture
  • Literary and Cultural Theory
  • William Faulkner

Selected Publications

Lester, Cheryl B. Adaptation of William Faulkner's "Light in August". The Digital Yoknapatawpha Project: a born-digital critical database, network visualization, interactive map, and timeline. Ser. ed. Stephen Railton, Ed. Cheryl Lester, Ed. James B. Carothers et al., Ed. John Padgett, Ed. Elizabeth Cornell, Ed. Chad Jewett. University of Virginia's Digital Media Center, November/December 2014. https://faulkner.drupal.shanti.virginia.edu/.

Lester, Cheryl B. Adaptation of William Faulkner's 'That Evening Sun'. The Digital Yoknapatawpha Project: a born-digital critical database, network visualization, interactive map, and timeline. Ser. ed. Stephen Railton, Ed. Cheryl Lester, Ed. Julie Napolin, Ed. Steven E. Knepper. University of Virginia's Digital Media Center, June 2014. https://faulkner.drupal.shanti.virginia.edu/.

Lester, Cheryl. Mentoring Graduate Students in the Teaching of Introductory Courses. April/May 2013. http://www.cte.ku.edu/portfolios/lester-graduate-mentoring.

Selected Awards & Honors

Conger-Gabel Teaching Professorship
KU English Department
2016 - 2019


Upcoming Program Events
Kudos to our faculty!

Dr. Renee Perelmutter, Associate Professor of Slavic and Jewish Studies, writes fantasy fiction and poetry under the name Rose Lemberg. Her book Marginalia to Stone Bird is the first book of poetry to be shortlisted for a Crawford Award, and is also up for an Elgin Award. Marginalia has been reviewed by Publisher’s Weekly and Strange Horizons. Available at Aqueduct Press and Amazon.

Kudos to our students!

March 16, 2017: JS students Mackenzie Haun, Sarah Herman and Ariel Silverman were elected to join Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most prestigious national academic academy. Phi Beta Kappa “celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America’s leading colleges and universities.”

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