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Barbara LaddProfessor


Barbara Ladd works in late 19th- and 20th-Century American literature, specializing in southern literature with particular interests in race, gender, trans(south) atlantic studies, Americas studies, Americas modernism, and William Faulkner.

She is the author of Resisting History: Gender, Modernity, and Authorship in William Faulkner, Zora Neale Hurston, and Eudora Welty (LSU 2007) and Nationalism and the Color Line in George W. Cable, Mark Twain, and William Faulkner (LSU 1997). Professor Ladd is currently at work on a book dealing with trans(south)atlantic routes in southern literature.

She holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1990), an M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin (1985), and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Fiction) from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (1981).

Professor Ladd has recently returned from a semester in Prague, where she was Fulbright Visiting Scholar in Residence in the Department of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures at Charles University.


  • “Reading William Faulkner: After the Civil Rights Era.” William Faulkner in Context. Ed. John Matthews. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015. 207-18
  • "Race as Fact and Fiction in Faulkner," A Companion to William Faulkner. Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture. Ed. Richard C. Moreland (Blackwell, 2007).
  • "Literary Studies: The Southern United States, 2005," PMLA 120.4 (Oct. 2005): 1628-1639.
  • "Faulkner, Glissant, and A Creole Poetics of History and the Body in Absalom, Absalom! and A Fable," Faulkner in the 21st Century: Proceedings of the 27th Annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference 2000 (Univ. of Mississippi Press, 2003): 31-49.
  • "`The Direction of the Howling': Nationalism and the Color Line in Absalom, Absalom!" American Literature 66.3 (September 1994): 525-551.