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Division of Humanities

Chair of Division of Humanities
Assistant Professor of English

Alexandria Hall 301D
LC Box 606

Chair, Division of Humanities

Holder, Olive Ann Rau Endowed Chair in English

Secretary, North American Burney Society




Ph.D. The University of Southern Mississippi

M. A. The University of Southern Mississippi

B.A. The University of Southern Mississippi


Cheryl D. Clark specializes in eighteenth-century British literature and domestic literature in British and American traditions, focusing particularly on women writers, feminist theory and criticism, and the novel. She is a member of the Modern Language Association, Jane Austen Society of North America, British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and serves as secretary for the Burney Society of North America. She has published articles on Edmund Spenser’s Faerie Queene, Daniel Defoe’s Roxana, Samuel Richardson’s Pamela, and Felicia Hemans’s Records of Woman. During her studies, she was awarded the prestigious University of Southern Mississippi’s Doctoral Fellowship, a generous monetary award that provided the funding to research and write her dissertation, “Scopophilia and Spectacle: Fashion and Femininity in the Novels of Frances Burney.”  While teaching at USM, she was recognized for her exceptional university teaching with the 2007 Ben Mounger Rawl’s Teaching Excellence Award, and she was awarded the 2007 Bahr Research Award for her research in eighteenth-century material culture. She has presented her work in both national and international conferences, including presentations at Chawton House, the University of Worchester, and Winchester University in the United Kingdom and New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Portland in the United States. She has studied abroad focusing on such areas as Arthurian Literature, Jane Austen, Queen Elizabeth, and Shakespeare. Her research interests include British women writers, women of the Bible, eighteenth-century material culture, fashion, domestic ideology, and the rise of the novel. She teaches composition, Honors composition, Advanced Writing, Eighteenth-Century Literature, Survey of British Literature, Survey of American Literature, Introduction to Drama, World Literature, Approaches to Literature, Modern Drama, Georgian Literature, Romantics, and the British Novel. She currently serves as Chair of the Division of Humanities and as Director of the Louisiana College Writing Center.


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