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Deborah Clarke

Deborah.Clarke@asu.edu

Assoc Dean & Professor
College Of Lib Arts & Sciences
Administrative Staff
Mail Code: 6505

(480)965-0247

Bio

Professor, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Education

Ph.D., Yale University

Bio

Deborah Clarke joined the ASU English department in 2008, after spending 20 years at Penn State University. She earned a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. from Yale University. Her primary field is twentieth century American fiction, with particular emphasis on Faulkner and women writers. In her first book, Robbing the Mother: Women in Faulkner, she explored the ways in which Faulkner's women characters reflect a tension between the body and language, between the literal and figurative, and how that tension characterizes her creative vision. Her second book, Driving Women: Fiction and Automobile Culture in Twentieth-Century America, deals with women and cars. It examines the intersection of American fiction— primarily but not exclusively by women—and automobile culture, arguing that issues critical to 20th century American society—technology, mobility, domesticity, and agency—are repeatedly articulated through women's relationships with cars.

Clarke has begun work on a book dealing with issues of debt and credit, how living beyond one’s means plays out as a literary and cultural trope. She is interested in the impact of objects and institutions that we tend to take for granted—such as the car or the credit industry—on configurations of the American self. She plans to trace the implications of debt throughout the twentieth century, linking it to the transformation of the interstate banking industry that enabled our current credit-card-ridden culture. Her work has been supported by the NEH and the Penn State Institute for the Arts and Humanities, and has served as a Beatrice Bain Research Fellow at U.C. Berkeley. She is also pleased to have received teaching and advising awards throughout her career.

Courses

Spring 2014

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ENG 636 Advanced Studies American Lit

Fall 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ENG 242 Literature of US Post 1860

Spring 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ENG 639 Adv Studies Modernism/Postmod

Spring 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ENG 636 Advanced Studies American Lit

Fall 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ENG 242 Literature of US Post 1860

Spring 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ENG 364 Women and Literature
ENG 538 Studies Mod/Contemp Amer Lit

Fall 2009

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ENG 440 Studies in Amer Lit/Culture
ENG 636 Advanced Studies American Lit

Publications and Other Intellectual ContributionsGoogle Scholar

  1. Deborah Clarke. The Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Fiction. "Gender and the Twentieth-Century American Novel". Blackwell (2011).

  2. Deborah Clarke. "Eudora Welty's LOSING BATTLES: Cars and Family Values". Mississippi Quarterly (2009).

  3. Review of: Faulkner and Love. TLS (2009).

  4. Review of: Theodore Dreiser: Letters to Women. TLS (2009).

  5. Review of: Faulkner and the Great Depression: Aesthetics, Ideology, and Cultural Politics (Atkinson); William Faulkner's Legacy: "What Shadow, What Stain, What Mark" (Bauer). Southern Literary Journal (2008).

  6. Deborah Clarke. Driving Women: Fiction and Automobile Culture in Twentieth-Century America. Johns Hopkins University Press (2007).

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Presentations

  1. Deborah Clarke "Advertisements, Cars, and 20th Century American Women’s Fiction.". Talk at the University of Ghent. (Dec 2010).
  2. Deborah Clarke "Automotive Maternity: Mothers and Cars and in Contemporary American Culture.. Lecture at Sichuan University, Chengdu, China. (Oct 2010).
  3. Deborah Clarke "The Economics of Southern Modernity: Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury anbd As I Lay Dying". Seminar at Sichuan University, Chengdu, China. (Oct 2010).
  4. Deborah Clarke "Advertisements, Cars, and 20th Century American Women’s Fiction.". Lecture at Sichuan University, Chengdu, China. (Oct 2010).
  5. Deborah Clarke "Technology, Production, and Social Context: 20th Century American Women Writers". Panel at the American Literature Association Conference. (May 2010).
  6. Deborah Clarke "Wharton's Urban Poverty: Consumption, Gender, and Economic Theory". Modern Language Association. (Dec 2008).
  7. Deborah Clarke "Driving Women: Fiction and Automobile Culture in Twentieth-Century America". Motor Muster: The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village. (Jun 2008).

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Research Activity Research Awards

  1. Clarke,Deborah Lynn * , Lester,Neal Andre , Sadowski-Smith,Claudia , Saikia,Yasmin , . Globalizing Research and Teaching of American Literature. STATE-DOS (9/10/2013 - 8/31/2016).

* principal investigator

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Service

  1. University of Ghent, External PhD Examiner (2010 - present)
  2. University of British Columbia, External PhD Examiner (2010 - present)
  3. Search Committee, African American Literature, Chair (2010 - present)
  4. College of the Liberal Arts and Sciences, Dean's Fellow (2010 - present)
  5. Ohio State University, Mansfield, Tenure Reviewer (2010 - present)
  6. Graduate College, Panel participant (2010 - present)
  7. LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory, Manuscript reviewer (2010 - present)
  8. Promotion and tenure workshop, coordinator/chair (2010 - present)
  9. Undergraduate English Club, speaker (2009 - present)
  10. Undergraduate welcoming committee, speaker (2009 - present)
  11. Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, Editorial Board (2011 - 2014)
  12. Society for the Study of American Women Writers, President (2010 - 2013)
  13. The Faulkner Society, Vice President (2009 - 2012)
  14. Committee to explore Dickens conference/collection, member (2008 - 2012)
  15. University Promotion and Tenure Committee, member (2008 - 2011)
  16. Society for the Study of American Women Writers, Advisory Board (2007 - 2010)
  17. American Literature Committee, Chair (2009 - 2010)
  18. Ad Hoc Committee for Assessment, member (2008 - 2010)
  19. Ad Hoc Committee for Assessment, member (2008 - 2009)
  20. American Literature Committee, Chair (2008 - 2009)
  21. PhD Admissions Committee for Literature, member (2008 - 2009)

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