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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

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

   • Excel Fellowship, Office of the Vice President of Research, Fall 2024 (one course release)
   • Morrison Research Fellowship, Department of English, Spring 2024
   • College of Arts and Sciences Travel Initiatives Grant, Spring 2020
   • 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 

  • Violence and Secrecy in U.S. Literature (Book length manuscript)
  • Shapeshift (creative nonfiction/memoir, book length manuscript)

Selected Publications 

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

   • "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 

    Member, Edinburgh Network for Studies in Secrecy (founder, Penny Fielding)
    Advisory Council, Nationhood Lab, At the Pell Center, Salve Regina University
    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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