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Education

  • Ph.D. The University of Southern Mississippi
  • M.A. The University of Southern Mississippi
  • B.A. The University of Southern Mississippi

Academic Programs

  • BA English

Associate VP for Academic Affairs

Associate Professor of English

Chair, Division of Humanities

Holder, Olive Ann Rau Chair in English

Sec., North American Burney Society

Director, Louisiana College Writing Center

Biography

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. 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; Montreal, Canada; and New York, Los Angeles, 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.

Publications

  • “ ‘How well that Garb becomes her’: Dressing Samuel Richardson’s Pamela
  • “Queen Elizabeth’s Semper Eadem: Reflections in Spenser’s Faerie Queene and The Ditchley Portrait
  • “A Call from the Wild: Woman’s Inner ‘Self” in Records of Woman

Conferences

  • SACSCOC Eleventh Small College Initiative—The Nuts and Bolts of Compliance Certification. April 13, 2016. Atlanta, GA. (Attended Training Workshops)
  • SACSCOC Institute on Quality Enhancement and Accreditation. July 19-22, 2015. Kissimmee, FL. (Attended Training Workshops)
  • SACSCOC Tenth Annual Small College Initiative – The Completion Agenda. April 2015. Atlanta, GA. (Attended Training Workshops)
  • “The Three Female Furies of The Wanderer: ‘All mankind…would behave better, if the good were not as cowardly as the bad are audacious.’” March 2015. American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference. Los Angeles, CA.
  • “Frances Burney after Forty” March 2015. American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference. Los Angeles, CA. Chaired Panel.
  • SACSCOC Annual Meeting: Theme—Sounding the Right Notes: Relevance in a Time of Transition December 5-9, 2014. Nashville, TN. (Attended Training Workshops)
  • “Travelling in Style and Walking the Circuit: Fashioning Femininity in Frances Burney’s Novels.” October 2014. Burney Society and JASNA AGM and Conference. Montreal, Canada.
  • “Frances Burney’s The Wanderer at 200.” March 2014. American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Williamsburg, VA. Chaired the panel.
  • “Travelling in Style: Semiotics, Carriages, and Fashion in The Wanderer.” February 2014. SCESECS Conference, Galveston, TX.
  • North American Burney Society AGM. October 2013. Minneapolis, MN. (Attended)
  • “Education in the Life and Works of Frances Burney and her Family” July 2013. Burney Society of Great Britain. Cambridge University, UK.
  • “Frances Burney, For Love and Money.” October 2012. North American Burney Society AGM and Conference. New York, New York.
  • “Terrifying Women of the Beau Monde: Frances Burney and the Gothic” October 2010. Burney Society AGM and Conference. Portland, Oregon.
  • “Imagining Self through Eighteenth-Century Fashion” June 2010. British Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies. University of Worcester. UK.
  • “Dressing the Eighteenth Century: Looking Like a Lady of Fashion” 2010 Mississippi Philological Association Conference. The University of Southern Mississippi.
  • “Walking the Circuit in England’s Pleasure Gardens: Displaying Fashion and Femininity in Frances Burney’s Eighteenth-Century Fiction” 2009 University of Southern Mississippi Graduate Symposium.
  • “Fashioning Identity: Dressing and Redressing Daniel Defoe’s Roxana” 2008 British Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies. University of Winchester. UK.
  • “Ornamental Desire: Fashioning an Empowering Gaze in England’s Pleasure Gardens” 2008 Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies. Philadelphia.
  • “Sex and the City”: Shopping and the Shaping of Femininity” 2008 Frances Burney Society Conference. The Newberry Library. Chicago.
  •  “Travelling in Fashion through Jane Austen” 2008 University of Southern Mississippi Graduate Symposium.
  • “ ‘How well that Garb becomes her’: Dressing Samuel Richardson’s Pamela” 2008 Mississippi Philological Association Conference. Mississippi College.
  • “Queen Elizabeth’s Semper Eadem: Reflections in Spenser’s Faerie Queene and The Ditchley Portrait” 2007 Mississippi Philological Association. Mississippi Valley State University.
  •  “A Call from the Wild: Woman’s Inner ‘Self’ in Records of Woman: With Other Poems.” 2005 Mississippi Philological Association Conference. Mississippi Valley State University.
  • “Adventurous Travels: The Transition of Gulliver’s Travels into Children’s Literature” 2003 Second Annual Children’s Literature Symposium. University of Southern Mississippi.

Courses Taught

  • 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
  • The British Novel

Research Interest

  • Her research interests include the following:
  • British women writers
  • Women of the Bible
  • Eighteenth-century material culture, fashion, domestic ideology, and the rise of the novel