Dr. Alison Arant

Ali ArantContact

Parker Hall 310
(718) 390–3370

Office Hours

Monday and Wednesday 2:40-4:10pm
Tuesday and Thursday 9:40 am-11:10am
(and by appointment)


  • B.A. John Brown University
  • M.A. Creighton University
  • Ph.D. University of South Carolina, Columbia

Current Courses (Spring 2015)

  • (EN 111) World Literature (I) (W)--- 2:40-4:10pm--- T/R---
  • (EN 212) Introduction to Literary Analysis and Theory (W) --- 11:20-12:50pm--- M/W---
  • (EN 348) Southern Women Writers (D)---11:20-12:50pm---T/R---

Academic, Teaching, and Personal Interests

My research interests include regionalism, gender studies, race and reproduction, and representations of bodies and disease in American literature and particularly in the U.S. South. My current projects ask how the figure of the old maid changes in conjunction with shifting regional identities and anxieties. To consider that question, I examine the work of Southern writers like William Faulkner, Katherine Anne Porter, and Richard Wright, as well as New England writers like Mary Wilkins Freeman, and Canadian writers like Alice Munro. I have taught a range of courses, including Critical Reading and Composition: Reading and Writing about the Blues; Progress, Race, and Regionalism in American Literature; Women Writers; and Race and Vision in African American Literature. Apart from my work, I like to play the guitar and the banjo, clawhammer style.

Selected Presentations and Publications

“Mary, Full of Corruption: Disease in Richard Wright’s A Father’s Law,” Modern Fiction Studies 59.4 (2013): 742-757.

“‘A Moral Intelligence’: Mental Disability and Eugenic Resistance in Eudora Welty’s ‘Lily Daw and the Three Ladies’ and Flannery O’Connor’s ‘The Life You Save May Be Your Own,’” Southern Literary Journal 44.2 (2012): 69-87.

“Distilling Essences: Belonging and the Spinster’s Still in the Americas,” Society for the Study of American Women Writers Conference, October 11, 2012, Denver, CO.

“Rotten Old Maids: (Re)producing Race and Region as Cultural Capital in Faulkner’s Light in August and Absalom, Absalom,” Society for the Study of Southern Literature Conference, April 9, 2010, New Orleans, LA.

Awards, Honors, and Service

North Carolina Literary Review Advisory Board
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute "Reconsidering Flannery O'Connor" at Georgia College and State University, 2014