Jarica Watts

Assistant Professor, English

4140 JFSB


Curriculum Vitae

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Teaching Experience

Dr. Watts earned the English Department’s teaching award in 2013. Her courses flourish because she considers students as collaborators in learning. Her strength as a teacher does not come simply from he mastery of the material but also from a continued concern about how best to engage and motivate students. Relationships are at the core of Dr. Watts’s teaching. She asks students to be candid, and, in return, she rewards their trust with encouragement and generous but honest assessment.


Dr. Watts’s research reveals a deep range of interests within 20th-century British literature. She specializes in the short fiction of WWI and is invested in the works of traditional canonical figures, such as Joseph Conrad, D. H. Lawrence, James Joyce, and Virginia Woolf, though she approaches these writers and their texts through theoretical concerns that are timely and contemporary. These interpretive modes include gender studies, spirituality and mysticism, technology and terrorism, new ontology, and post-critique. At present, Dr. Watts is working on a manuscript about Virginia Woolf and motherhood.

Selected Publications

  • “Joseph Conrad’s ‘Strange Air of Finality’: The Submarine, the Zeppelin, and the British Home Front.” In Conrad’s Politics from a Postcritical Perspective, edited by Joyce Wexler and Jay Parker. Palgrave, 2021.
  • “‘Show Yourself a Man’: Ritualistic Sacrifice and the Crisis of Masculinity in D. H. Lawrence’s ‘Tickets Please.’” D. H. Lawrence Review 44, no. 1, 2020.
  • “Of Dashes, Gashes, and Wounds: Radclyffe Hall and the Spiritual Mysticism of ‘Miss Ogilvy Finds Herself.’” Religion and Literature 52, no. 2, 2020.
  • “Submerged by Fear: The Politics of War-Time Hysteria in Conrad and Conan Doyle.” Conradiana 49, no. 1 (2020): 17–42.
  • “‘What Could His Object Be?’: Form and Materiality in Conrad’s ‘The Tale.’” In Conrad and Nature, edited by Lissa Schneider-Rebozo, Jeffrey Mathes McCarthy, and John Peters, 211–232. New York: Routledge, 2018.
  • “Failed Mary, Stuck in Place: Number Symbolism and the Occult in James Joyce’s ‘Clay.’” Hypermedia Joyce Studies 13, no. 1 (2014). http://hjs.ff.cuni.cz/archives/v13_1/main/essays.php?essay=watts.
  • “‘We Are a Divided People, Aren’t We?’ The Politics of Multicultural Language and Dialect Crossing in Zadie Smith’s White Teeth.” Textual Practice 27, no. 5 (2013): 851–874.
  • Here Lies Lalo: The Collected Works of Abelardo Delgado. Houston: Arte Público, 2011.
  • “‘He Does Not Understand Our Customs’: Narrating Orality and Empire in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart.” Journal of Postcolonial Writing 46, no. 1 (2010): 65–75.


Dr. Watts mentors graduate and undergraduate students and manages department communications. She coordinates our ENGL 251 course and serves as a reviewer for the university’s grant proposals for scholarly and creative works and as a judge for the university’s Public Domain Film and Music Festival. She has served two terms as treasurer for the Joseph Conrad Society of America and is an external reader for several peer-reviewed journals.

Citizenship assignments

  • Judge of BYU’s Public Domain Film and Music Festival, 2019–Present
  • Reviewer of University Scholarly and Creative Work Grant Proposals, 2019–Present
  • ENGL 203 Subcommittee, 2020–Present
  • English Department Communication Coordinator, 2019–Present
  • ENGL 251 Course Coordinator, 2017–Present
  • English Department Search committee/Hiring, 2014–2017
  • Treasurer, Joseph Conrad Society of America (2019–2022)
  • Treasurer, Joseph Conrad Society of America (2016–2019)
  • External Reviewer: Conradiana, Textual Practice, Journal of Postcolonial Literature, Journal of Commonwealth Literature (2013–Present)

Student Consultations
MW 9:00-10:00am