Lelekis, Debbie

Assistant Professor of English
Arts and Communication, School of

Dr. Lelekis joined the faculty at Florida Tech after graduating with her Ph.D. from the University of Missouri. Her current research examines nineteenth and twentieth century American literature. She is working on a variety of projects that include depictions of spectatorship in crowd scenes in American fiction, the intersections between journalism and literature, and representations of Florida in the mid-nineteenth century.

Educational Background

Ph.D. University of Missouri
M.A. University of South Florida
B.A. University of South Florida

Current Courses

Civil War Literature (Special Topic in Literature)

Science, Technology & the American Narrative (Special Topic in Humanities)

British & American Literature I (British Romantic & Victorian Literature, American Renaissance through Realism)

British & American Literature II (WWI to the present)

Western Civilization II (European Renaissance to the Modern World)

Writing About Literature (Composition)

Professional Experience

Previously, Dr. Lelekis has taught at Jacksonville University, College of Coastal Georgia, University of South Florida, and University of Missouri.  She has taught courses in American literature, British literature, world literature, and a variety of composition courses.

Additional Duties

Kaleidoscope (literary magazine), Co-Adviser

Senior Capstone Adviser

Current Research

-Spectatorship and the crowd in American literature

-Representations of American urbanization and industrialization in the Gilded Age

-The intersections between American journalism and fiction in the nineteenth century

-Narratives of community in nineteenth century women’s literature

-Fictional depictions of Florida in the nineteenth century

Selected Publications


American Literature, Lynching, and the Spectator in the Crowd: Spectacular Violence. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2015

Journal Articles

"Pretty Maids All in a Row: Power and the Female Child in Burnett’s The Secret
Garden." Anglica: An International Journal of English Studies 23/1 (2014): 63-71.

"Transposing Themes: Teaching Students to Connect to Literature Through Music." The Atrium: A Journal of Academic Voices 5/2 (2014): 1-14.

"Women as Healers: Restoring and Preserving Community in Sarah Orne Jewett’s
The Country of the Pointed Firs." The Quint 5/4 (2013): 49-60.

"Engaging the Civic Self: Teaching American Literature through Spectatorship and the Crowd." Teaching American Literature: A Journal of Theory and Practice 5/1 (2011): 25-34.

Book Reviews

"Striking a Chord: A Review of William Scott’s Troublemakers: Power, Representation, and the Fiction of the Mass Worker." Journal of Modern Literature 36/2 (2013): 175-179.

Review of Jason Puskar’s Accident Society: Fiction, Collectivity, and the
Production of Chance. Journal of American Culture 36/1 (2013): 52-53.