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  • Janel Atlas
    Graduate Student
    Associate Editor, College English
    University of Delaware
    Department of English
    116 Memorial Hall
    Newark, DE 19716
    (302) 831-3352


    Janel graduated with a BA in English Literature from Messiah College (PA) in 2004 and worked as a freelance writer and editor through 2012; amongst her publications, she is most proud of her nonfiction collection of essays about pregnancy loss, They Were Still Born: Personal Stories About Stillbirth (Rowman & Littlefield, 2010). In addition to speaking to parent groups and in medical settings, Janel teaches composition and creative nonfiction at UD.

    Graduate Education

    Thesis Topic:

    “Telling a Story of Stillbirth: Accepting the Limits of Narrative”
    Atlas, Janel.
    Survive & Thrive: A Journal for Medical Humanities and Narrative as Medicine, Vol. 3, Issue 1 (2017).

    They Were Still Born: Personal Stories about Stillbirth
    Atlas, Janel
    Rowman and Littlefield, 2010.

    Book Reviews
    Subjects in Becoming: Photographs in the European Black Diaspora; Atlas, Janel. Routledge, 2013.
    The Principles and Practice of Narrative Medicine; Atlas, Janel. Forthcoming, Health Communications.

    Research and Teaching Interests


    Janel’s dissertation project looks at contemporary women’s life writing, specifically personal narratives about pregnancy loss. In analyzing these stories, she draws on feminist and medical rhetoric, critical disability studies, and narrative theory to better understand performances of babyloss identity in spoken form, digital and print texts, and embodied practices.


  • M.A., English, University of Delaware, 2015
  • B.A., English Literature, Messiah College, 2004

Research Projects 


  • Subjects in Becoming: Photographs in the European Black Diaspora
    Atlas, Janel
    Routledge, 2013.
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