J. Michael Duvall

Associate Professor

Address: 74 George Street, Room 301
Office Hours: Tues., 1-3 PM & Wed. 8:30-10:00 AM; appointments are also available by special arrangement
Phone: 843.953.4833
E-mail: duvalljm@cofc.edu

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.


PhD, American literature, University of Maryland
MA, English, Georgia State University
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

ENGL 110: Introduction to Academic Writing

ENGL 207: Survey of American Literature to Present

ENGL 215: Interdisciplinary Composition

ENGL 344: Late 19th Century American Literature

ENGL 349: The American Novel to 1900

ENGL 350: Mark Twain

ENGL 362: American Regionalism and Local Color

ENGL 362: Assimilation and Americanization in Late 19th c. American Literature

ENGL 362: Civil War and After

ENGL 400: Assimilation and Americanization (Seminar)

ENGL 450: Mark Twain (Senior Seminar)

ENGL 511: Introduction to Graduate English Studies(Graduate)

ENGL 524: Nineteenth Century American Literature (Graduate)

ENGL 698: American Regionalism and Local Color (Graduate Tutorial)

ENGL 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.