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 2132-A


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. She has served as coordinator of literature in the English Department since 2006. 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.


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

7265: 20th Century American Literature Seminar
5330: Studies in Women's Literature
5230: Southern Regional Literature
5150: Studies in the Novel
4230: North Carolina Literature
3300: Women and Literature
3260: Black Literature in America
3230: now 2230: Southern Literature
3010: British and American Literary History II
2200: Major American Writers
2000: Interpreting Literature
1100 and 1200 (now 2101): Composition
1000: Appreciating Literature

Selected Publications and Presentations

A Study of Scarletts: Scarlett O'Hara and Her Literary Daughters (University of South Carolina Press, 2014)

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)

"'Call me Paul": The Long, Hot Summer of Paul Green and Richard Wright." Mississippi Quarterly 61 (2008): 517-38

“On Flags and Fraternities: Lessons on Cultural Memory and Historical Amnesia in Charles Chesnutt’s ‘Po’ Sandy.’” Southern Literary Journal 40.2 (2008): 70-86.

“Armand Aubigny, Still Passing After All These Years: The Narrative Voice and Historical Context of ‘Désirée’s Baby.’” Critical Essays on Kate Chopin. Ed. Alice Hall Petry. New York: Hall, 1996. 161-83.

“Ellen Gilchrist’s Women Who Would Be Queens (and Those Who Would Dethrone Them)” Mississippi Quarterly 55 (2001-02): 117-45.

“‘I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood’: Quentin’s Recognition of His Guilt.” Southern Literary Journal 32.2 (2000): 70-82.

“I love you, baby, but I sure do hate your ways”: Reluctant Friendships in Dessa Rose and Can’t Quit You, Baby. Southern Studies 9.4 (1998): 69-86.

Website Links

North Carolina Literary Review

Appearance on North Carolina Bookwatch discussing A Study of Scarletts

“An Interview with Tim Gautreaux”

Graduate Literature Program