Margaret D. Bauer serves as coordinator of literature for the English Department and co-chair of the Planning Committee for the Eastern North Carolina Literary Homecoming. She is the 2004 Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences recipient of the East Carolina University Scholar-Teacher Award, was named one of the ten ECU Women of Distinction in 2006, and received the Five-Year Achievement Award for Excellence in Research/Creative Activity in 2008. She is also a past President of the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association.
Dr. Bauer has recently finished her fourth monograph, A Study in Scarlett, which is under consideration by the University of South Carolina Press. She is also working on a critical edition of Paul Green's play The House of Connelly.
B.A. Louisiana State University
M.A. University of Southwestern Louisiana
Ph.D. University of Tennessee
Primary Areas of Research/Teaching
7265: 20th Century American Literature Seminar
5330: Studies in Women's Literature
5230: Southern Regional Literature
4230: North Carolina Literature
3300: Women and Literature
3260: Black Literature in America
3230: Southern Literature
3010: British and American Literary History II
2200: Major American Writers
2000: Interpreting Literature
1000: Appreciating Literature
Selected Publications and Presentations
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.
E-mail & Website Links
North Carolina Literary Review
“An Interview with Tim Gautreaux”
Understanding Tim Gautreaux
William Faulkner's Legacy
The Fiction of Ellen Gilchrist
Graduate Literature Program
Eastern North Carolina Literary Homecoming