Member, Doctoral Faculty
Ph.D. (2002), University of Tennessee, Knoxville; MA (1997), University of Tennessee,
Knoxville; JD (1994), University of Florida; BA (1991), University of Tennessee, Knoxville; First
Year at MTSU: 2005
Office: PH 362 ; Phone/Voice Mail: 904-8407
Dr. Renfroe earned her Ph.D. in English at the University of Tennessee and her J.D.
at the University of Florida College of Law. Her research and teaching interests include
law and literature, 19th and 20th century American literature, and critical theory.
She recently participated in the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute
Transcendentalism and Social Action in the Age of Emerson, Thoreau, and Fuller" held
in Concord, Massachusetts. In 2009, she participated in the NEH Summer Institute
"The Rule of Law: Legal Studies and the Liberal Arts" held in Biddeford, Maine. For
more information about the Institute, see http://www.une.edu/neh/.
- "Rebecca Harding Davis's Detective Fiction and the Civil War." Witnessing and Remembering
the Civil War(s): Woolson, Davis, and their Contemporaries. Columbus, GA. Feb 21-23,
- "Teaching Alcott in Law and Literature." American Literature Association. San Francisco,
CA. May 24-27, 2012.
- "Marcus Schouler, Detective? Reading Frank Norris's McTeague as a Crime Novel." American Literature Association Symposium: Crime Fiction and American
Culture. Savannah, GA. Sept. 22-24, 2011.
- "'To Concord and back': Rebecca Harding Davis and Louisa May Alcott." American Literature
Association. Boston, MA. May 26-29, 2011.
- "Approaches to Teaching 'Life in the Iron Mills.'" American Literature Association.
San Francisco, CA. May 27-30, 2010.
- Chair. Rebecca Harding Davis Open Topic Panel. American Literature Association. San
Francisco, CA. May 27-30, 2010.
- Chair. Rebecca Harding Davis and Women Panel. Society for the Study of American Women
Writers Conference. Philadelphia, PA. Oct. 22-24, 2009.
- "Contract, Property, and the Question of Justice in Rebecca Harding Davis's A Law Unto Herself." American Literature Association. Boston, MA. May 21-24, 2009.
- "Rights and Region in Selected Works by Rebecca Harding Davis." American Literature
Association. San Francisco , CA . May 2008.
- "Leaving Justice to Chance: Gendered Justice in Edith Wharton's The Reef ." Literature and Law Conference. John Jay College of Criminal Justice. New York
, NY . April 11, 2008.
- Poster Presentation "Cannibalism, Contracts, and Capitalism: Reading William Dean
Howells's A Modern Instance as a Naturalist Text." MTSU Scholar's Week. Murfreesboro
, TN. April 6, 2007.
- "Louisa May Alcott and her Publishers." Society for the Study of American Women Writers.
Philadelphia, PA. November 8-11, 2006.
- "Contractual Obligation and Necessity in William Dean Howells's A Modern Instance." American Literature Association. San Francisco, CA. May 25-28, 2006.
- "The Treatment of Law in Louisa May Alcott's 'A Whisper in the Dark.'" Association
for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities. College of Law. Syracuse, NY. March
- "James's 'thin guarantee': Relational Contracts and Aesthetic Representation in The Wings of the Dove." American Literature Association. Long Beach, CA. May 30-June 2, 2002.
- "'In love and in law': Legal Discourse in Louisa May Alcott's Work." Law, Culture, and the Humanities Conference. University of Pennsylvania College
of Law. Philadelphia, PA. March 8-10, 2002.
- "Representations of Democracy in the Work of William Dean Howells." Literature and
Democracy Conference. Emory University. Atlanta, GA. February 22-24, 2002.
- "Interrogations of Justice in Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God." International Law and Literature Conference. Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis.
Nice, France. June 27-29, 2001.
- "Rights and Justice in Edith Wharton's The Reef." Law, Culture, and the Humanities Conference. Georgetown Law School. Washington,
D.C. March 9-11, 2000.
- "'Gifts for Gifts Back Again': Bargaining and the Individual in William Dean Howells'
A Hazard of New Fortunes." Law, Culture, and the Humanities Conference. Wake Forest Law School. Winston-Salem,
NC. March 12-14, 1999.