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Miriam Clark

Miriam Clark

Associate Professor


Miriam Clark

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9068 Haley Center

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Tuesday 2-3 pm; Thursday 11 am-12 pm or by appointment

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PhD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

About Me

Miriam Marty Clark received her Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. A specialist in modern and contemporary American literature, she teaches and publishes on poetry, fiction, literary theory, and twentieth-century American culture; she also has a growing expertise in the scholarship and practice of pedagogy. She is currently finishing a book Poetry as Inquiry: Ethical and Religious Questions in Four Contemporary Poets, which focuses on poets Adrienne Rich, Charles Wright, Susan Howe, and Jean Valentine. In addition, she is leading a grant-funded project, Becoming Professional, which is designed to help students in the humanities and other liberal arts disciplines map pathways into meaningful work. 

Research Interests

20th to 21st-century American literature; the short story; comparative/world/postcolonial literature; genre studies; fiction; poetry


  • “The Library and the Wilderness: Susan Howe’s Pragmatism.” Contemporary Literature 54.2 (2013).
  • “Human Rights and the Work of Lyric in Adrienne Rich.” Cambridge Quarterly 38.1 (2009).
  • “Beyond Critical Thinking.” Pedagogy 9.1 (2009).
  • “A Conversation with Miriam Marty Clark and Michael McFee.” Interviews with Charles Wright. Ed. by Robert Denham. McFarland, 2008.
  • “On Denis Donoghue’s Kenneth Burke.”  Kenneth Burke and His Circles. Ed. by Jack Selzer and Robert Wess. Parlor Press, 2008.
  • “Reading Students Reading in the Postcanonical Age.” Pedagogy 5.2 (2005). 
  • “Art and Suffering in Two Poems by William Carlos Williams.” Literature and Medicine. 23.2 (2004).
  • “Hemingway’s Early Illness Narratives and the Lyric Dimensions of “Now I Lay Me.”  Narrative. 12.2 (2004):  167-176; reprinted in Eight Decades of Hemingway Criticism, ed. Linda Wagner Martin, Michigan State University Press, 2008.