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Department of English Language and Literature


Gretchen Woertendyke

Title: Associate Professor
Department: English Language and Literature
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-576-5954
Office: HUO 511

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
English Language and Literature



Ph.D. English, State University of New York, Stony Brook, 2007
B.A. English (cum laude), DePaul University, Chicago, IL, 1998

    Associate Professor, Department of English, University of South Carolina (2015-present)
    Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of South Carolina (2008-2014)
    Affiliate Faculty, African American Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies (2008-present)

Areas of Specialization 

    18th-19th Century American Literature
    Studies of the Novel
    African-American and Caribbean Literature
    Hemispheric American Studies

Recently Taught Courses 

ENGL 840    Graduate Seminar: Maritime Literatures
ENGL 750    Graduate Seminar: The Atlantic World Novel
ENGL 742    Hemispheric American Studies-the long nineteenth century
ENGL 700    Introduction to Graduate Studies

ENGL 490 Independent Study: Postcolonial Literatures
SCHC 457 Honors Pro Seminar: Pirates, Ships, and the Atlantic
SCHC 456 Honors Seminar – Secrets & Lies
ENGL 429 Early American Literature
ENGL 428b African American Literature, 1903-present
ENGL 412 US Literature, 1830-1860
ENGL 383 Romanticism
ENGL 384 Realism (European and American)

Professional Accolades 

   • Appointed, Peter and Bonnie McCausland Faculty Fellow of English Language and Literature
   • Selected, South Carolina Collaborative for Racial Reconciliation Faculty Fellow
   • Provost Humanities Research Grant, University of South Carolina, 2013
   • American Council of Learned Society (ACLS) Faculty Fellowship, 2010-2011
   • Josephine Abney Fellowship for Research in Women’s and Gender Studies, University of South Carolina, 2011
   • Mayers Fellow, Huntington Library, Two-Month Residency, 2009
   • Morton E. Kahn Award, Best Dissertation, SUNY Stony Brook, 2007

Current Research Projects 

“A Secret History of Race”.

Selected Publications 

    Hemispheric Regionalism: Romance and the Geography of Genre (Oxford University Press, 2016)

   • “Region.” Nineteenth-Century American Literature in Transition, Vol. 2, 1820-1860.Ed. Justine S. Murison. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press (commissioned, forthcoming).
   • "History, Romance, and the Novel." Oxford Handbook of Charles Brockden Brown, Ed. 2 Philip Barnard and Stephen Shapiro. Oxford, Oxford University Press (2019): 155-170.
   • “Teaching Ira and Isabella:, or The Natural Children. A Novel, Founded in FictionCommon-Place (2019), Just Teach One
   • “Secret History in the Early Nineteenth-Century Americas.” The Secret History in Literature, 1660-1820. Eds., Rebecca Bullard and Rachel Carnell. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press (2017): 242-255.
   • "Haiti and the U.S. Novel" The Haitian Revolution and the Early United States, Eds Elizabeth Maddock Dillon and Michael Drexler. Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press (2016): 232-249.
     • "Trials and Confessions of Fugitive Slave Narratives"  Journeys of the Slave Narrative in the Early Americas, Eds. Nicole N. Aljoe and Ian Finesth. Charlottesville, University of Virginia Press (2014): 47-73.
   • "Geography, Genre, and Hemispheric Regionalism," Atlantic Studies, 10:2 (2013): 211-227.
   • "Romance to Novel: A Secret History." NARRATIVE, Vol. 17, No. 3 (Oct 2009): 255-273.
   • "John Howison’s New Gothic Nationalism and Transatlantic Exchange." Early American Literature. 44, 2 (2008): 309-335.

   • Candace Ward, Crossing the Line: Early Creole Novels and Anglophone Caribbean Culture in the Age of Emancipation (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2017).  ALH Online Review, Series XVIII, March, 2019.
   • Émeric Bergeaud, Stella: A Novel of the Haitian Revolution, trans. and ed. Lesley S. Curtis and Christen Mucher (New York: New York University Press, 2015). ALH Online Review, Series VIII, October, 2016.
   • Kennedy, Gerald J.  Strange Nation: Literary Nationalism and Cultural Conflict in the Age of Poe. “Poe’s Queer Eye.”  Poe Studies: History, Theory, Interpretation. “Poe’s Queer Eye.” Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, Volume 50, 2017, pp. E5-E11.
    Anna Brickhouse, The Unsettlement of America: Translation, Interpretation, and the Story of Don Luis de Velasco, 1560-1945.  Oxford University Press, 2015.  Early American Literature, Vol. 50, No.3, 2015: 953-959.
    Cohen, Margaret. The Novel and The Sea. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2010.Novel: A Forum on Fiction 45:3 (2012): 455-460.
    Pratt, Lloyd. Archives of American Time: Literature and Modernity in the Nineteenth Century.Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010. Clio: A Journal of Literature, History, and The Philosophy of History, 40:2 (2011): 17-22.
    Shapiro, Stephen. The Culture and Commerce of the Early American Novel: Reading The Atlantic World-System. Philadelphia: U of Penn Press, 2008. Huntington Library Quarterly, Vol. 73, No. 2 (June 2010): 339-343.

    “In The Cage.” A Critical Companion to Henry James, Eds. Eric Haralson and Kendall Johnson. Facts On File: New York, NY, (2009): 246-255.

Other Information 

    Program Committee, c19: Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists
    Book Review Editor, Clio, A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History. 2014-2018
    Reader/Referee for the following journals: African American Review, Early American Studies, Genre, ESQ, and Studies in American Fiction

    American Studies Association
    American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies
    Modern Language Association
    Society of Early Americanists
    Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists


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