Jan Odom

Dr. Jan Odom

Part-time Faculty, English

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Dr. Jan Odom is trained in both English and communication studies and has published and presented papers in both venues. Hence, she is committed to an interdisciplinary understanding of rhetoric, believing that its study would be significantly enriched if it could be put in contact with the best traditions of both fields of inquiry. Her most intense theoretical interests are fundamentally linked, extending from rhetorical theory and criticism to feminist and psychoanalytic criticism and the body.

Having returned to graduate school after a career as an organizational development consultant and management trainer, Odom has been teaching at the university level since 1986, from Iowa to Tennessee to Arizona to south Georgia and now at GGC. As a consequence, she has taught a wide variety of English and communication study courses. Important intellectual influences have been the French feminist philosopher Luce Irigaray, the psychoanalytic theorists Jacques Lacan and Slavoj Zizek, the French philosophers Michelle Le Doeuff and Jacques Derrida, the American rhetorician Sharon Crowley, and the American rhetorical theorist Barbara Biesecker, as well as a whole raft of international feminists too numerous to name.


  • Doctorate – communication studies – University of Iowa
  • Master's – English – University of Tennessee

Academic Interests

  • Rhetorical theory and criticism
  • Visual rhetoric
  • Psychoanalytic criticism
  • Feminist criticism
  • The body
  • Discipline formation


  • “Identification, Consubstantiality, Interval and Temporality: Luce Irigaray and the Possibilities for Rhetoric.” In Re/Framing Identifications. Selected Proceedings of the Rhetoric Society of America Annual Conference, 2012. Ed. Michelle Ballif. Waveland Press. 2013.
  • Rev. Theresa Bane. Encyclopedia of Vampire Mythology. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Co., 2010. Hardback. 199 pp. Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts 23.2 (2012): 331-333.
  • “French Feminism.” In Encyclopedia of Communication Theory. Stephen W. Littlejohn and Karen A. Foss, eds. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 2009.
  • “Heuristics in the English Classroom: Working the Problem of Drafting the Research Paper.” CEA Forum, 38.1 (2009).
  • “Inventing An Artist: Lee Krasner And The Visual Effect ‘Jackson Pollack’.” In Critical Problems in Argumentation: Selected Papers from the 13th Biennial Conference on Argumentation. Ed. Charles Arthur Willard. Washington, DC: National Communication Association, 2005.
  • “Sleeping with the Enemy: Recoupling Rhetorical Studies and Rhetoric and Composition.” In Professing Rhetoric: Selected Papers from the 2000 Rhetoric Society of America Conference. Eds. Fred Antczak, Cinda Coggins, and Geoffrey D. Klinger. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum. 2002: 21-28.
  • “‘B’ Science Fiction Films of the 1950s and ‘The New Breed of Woman’ and Her Cold War(rior).” In Arguing Communication & Culture: Selected Papers from the Twelfth NCA/AFA Conference on Argumentation. Ed. G. Thomas Goodnight. Washington, DC: National Communication Association, 2001: 76-182.
  • “Luce Irigaray and the Ethics of Sexual Difference: Towards a 21st-Century Rhetoric.” Making and Unmaking the Prospects for Rhetoric: Selected Papers from the 1996 Rhetoric Society of America Conference. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum. 1997.
  • “Rhetoric and Ethical Action: Cherchez la Femme.” The Southern Communication Journal. Special Issue: “Dancing with Tears in My Eyes”: Celebrating the Life and Work of Kenneth Burke. 61.1 (1995): 29-45.


  • 27th Annual Apple Polishers Faculty Recognition Dinner, ASU
  • Manzanita Hall’s “Who’s Hot?” Faculty Recognition Program, ASU

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