Jennie Skerl retired as Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at West Chester University. She has published William S. Burroughs (Twayne, 1985), William S. Burroughs at the Front: Critical Reception, 1959-1989, (co-edited with Robin Lydenberg, Southern Illinois U P, 1991), A Tawdry Place of Salvation: The Art of Jane Bowles, (Southern Illinois U P, 1997), and Reconstructing the Beats (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004). She edited the Winter 2000 special issue of College Literature on Teaching Beat Literature and was a major contributor to the Dictionary of Literary Biography volume on the Beats (edited by Ann Charters, 1983). She has published invited introductions to the 25th anniversary edition of Naked Lunch (Grove, 1984), Speed by William Burroughs, Jr. (Overlook Press, 1984), William S. Burroughs: Time-Place-Word (Brown University exhibit catalog, ed. Eric Shoaf, 2000), and the foreword to Retaking the Universe: William Burroughs in the Age of Globalization (ed. Davis Schneiderman and Philip Walsh, Pluto, 2004.). She has published essays on William Burroughs, Jane Bowles, Samuel Beckett, James Joyce, and narrative theory. More recently she co-edited (with Nancy Grace) The Transnational Beat Generation (Palgrave, 2012). Jennie Skerl is a founding board member and former President of the Beat Studies Association (USA).
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