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J. Michael Duvall

Associate Professor and M.A. Program Director

Address: 74 George Street, Room 301
Phone: 843.953.4833

Mike Duvall specializes in American literature and culture in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His recent courses have included American Literature to the Present, upper-division courses in late-19th century American literature, the literature of assimilation and Americanization from the turn of the 20th century, Regionalism and Local Color, and a senior seminar on Mark Twain. His current research is focused on literary representations of socialism in American fiction at the turn of the last century.


2003 - PhD, American literature, University of Maryland
1994 - MA, English, Georgia State University
1991 - BS, Psychology, Georgia State University

Research Interests

  • 19th & early 20th century American literature and culture
  • American literary regionalism, realism, and naturalism
  • Literature of assimilation and Americanization
  • Social reform literature

Courses Taught

  • 110: Introduction to Academic Writing
  • 207: Survey of American Literature to Present
  • 215: Interdisciplinary Composition
  • 344: Late 19th Century American Literature
  • 349: The American Novel to 1900
  • 350: Mark Twain
  • 362: American Regionalism and Local Color
  • 362: Assimilation and Americanization in Late 19th c. American Literature
  • 362: Civil War and After
  • 400: Assimilation and Americanization (Seminar)
  • 450: Mark Twain (Senior Seminar)
  • 511: Introduction to Graduate English Studies(Graduate)
  • 524: Nineteenth Century American Literature (Graduate)
  • 698: American Regionalism and Local Color (Graduate Tutorial)
  • 702: Internship in Teaching Composition (Graduate)


Selected Publications

"One Man's Junk: Material and Social Waste in Frank Norris's McTeague." Studies in American Naturalism 4.2 (Winter 2009)

"'Suddenly and Shockingly Black': The Atavistic Child in Turn-of-the-Twentieth-Century American Fiction." Co-authored with Julie Cary Nerad (Morgan State University) African American Review 41.1 (Spring 2007).

"The Futile and the Dingy: Wasting and Being Wasted in The House of Mirth," in Memorial Boxes and Guarded Interiors: Edith Wharton and Material Culture. Ed. Gary Totten. University of Alabama Press, 2007.