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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, and class in southern literature; literary modernism, especially southern modernism; literature of the environment and studies of place, especially in the writing of the Upper South and Mid-Atlantic; William Faulkner, Ellen Glasgow, Mark Twain, and Edgar Allan Poe.

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). She is co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of the Literature of the U.S. South (Oxford 2016) and is currently at work on a book focused on place, memory, and the natural world in the literature of the Upper South. She has lectured widely both nationally and internationally on southern literature.

She holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and an B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


“Salomé in the Jazz Age: Faulkner, The Marionettes, and Sanctuary.” Mississippi Quarterly, vol. 17, no. 1 (2019): 25-48.

“‘Night After Night and Day After Day’: Mark Twain and the Natural World.” Mark Twain Annual: Mark Twain and the Natural World. Ed. Ben Click. Volume 17 (2019), pp. 11-27.

“Local Places/Modern Spaces: Regionalism and The Local in Faulkner.” Faulkner’s Geographies/Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha 2011. Ed. Jay Watson. Jackson: U. Press of Mississippi, 2015: 3-16.

“Reading William Faulkner: After the Civil Rights Era.” William Faulkner in Context. Ed. John Matthews. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. 207-18

“Faulkner’s Paris: State and Metropole in A Fable,” Faulkner Journal 26.1 (Spring 2012): 115-129.

“Literary Studies: The Southern United States, 2005.” PMLA 120.4 (Oct. 2005): 1628-1639.