Margaret D. Bauer

Title: Harriot College of Arts and Science Distinguished Professor and Rives Chair of Southern Literature Editor, North Carolina Literary Review
Office: Bate 2132A
Phone: 252.328.1537


Margaret D. Bauer is the Rives Chair of Southern Literature in the Department of English, a Distinguished Professor of Harriot College of Arts and Science, and the editor of the North Carolina Literary Review. Dr. Bauer was named one of the ten ECU Women of Distinction in 2007, and that same year received the Parnassus Award for Significant Editorial Achievement from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals. Her other ECU honors include the Scholar-Teacher Award in 2004, the Five-Year Achievement Award for Excellence in Research and Creativity Activity in 2008, the Centennial Award for Excellence in Leadership in 2012, and the Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity in 2014. She is also a past President of the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association. In 2017, she received the North Carolina Award for Literature from Governor Roy Cooper.


B.A. Louisiana State University
M.A. University of Southwestern Louisiana
Ph.D. University of Tennessee

Research Interests

Southern Literature
American Literature
Women's Literature

Courses Taught

ENGL 7265: 20th Century American Literature Seminar
ENGL 5330: Studies in Women's Literature
ENGL 5230: Southern Regional Literature
ENGL 5150: Studies in the Novel
ENGL 4230: North Carolina Literature
ENGL 3300: Women and Literature
ENGL 3260: Black Literature in America
ENGL 3230: now 2230: Southern Literature
ENGL 3010: British and American Literary History II
ENGL 2200: Major American Writers
ENGL 2000: Interpreting Literature
ENGL 1200: Composition
ENGL 1100: Foundations of College Writing
ENGL 1000: Appreciating Literature

Selected Publications and Presentations

A Study of Scarletts: Scarlett O'Hara and Her Literary Daughters (University of South Carolina Press, 2014)
Listen to Dr. Bauer discuss this book on North Carolina Bookwatch.

Paul Green's The House of Connelly: A Critical Edition (MCFarland, 2014)

Understanding Tim Gautreaux (University of South Carolina Press, 2010)

William Faulkner's Legacy: "what shadow, what stain, what mark" (University Press of Florida, 2005)

The Fiction of Ellen Gilchrist (University Press of Florida, 1999)

Website Links

"An Interview with Tim Gautreaux"

North Carolina Literary Review

An interview with Margaret Bauer, NCLR Editor, on the occasion of the 25th issue publication

Graduate Literature Program