Julia Eichelberger


Address: 26 Glebe Street, Room 201
Office Hours: 1:40-3pm Tuesday/Wednesday and by appointment
Phone: 843.953.5646
E-mail: eichelbergerj@cofc.edu

Julia Eichelberger began teaching at the College in 1992 and is currently Marybelle Higgins Howe Professor of Southern Literature. She has taught a variety of courses in American literature, including Southern literature, postwar American poetry, African American literature, 20th-century American fiction, Jewish American literature, and Charleston writers, as well as first-year writing. She is an affiliate faculty member in African American Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies, the director of the interdisciplinary minor in Southern Studies and a member of the Executive Board for the College's Center for Study of Slavery. On sabbatical Fall 2020-Spring 2021.


Ph.D., English, University of North Carolina

Research Interests

  • Literature of the U. S. South
  • 20th-Century American novels
  • Post-1945 American poetry
  • Charleston writers

Courses Taught

ENGL 576: Tell About the South: Welty, Faulkner, and other Writers since 1930

ENGL 341: Literature of the American South

ENGL 207: American Literature to the Present


“Remembering and Rewriting Gullah Narratives,” introduction to Doctor to the Dead: Grotesque Legends and Folk Tales of Old Charleston, John Bennett (1947), U of SC Press, 2020

 Co-author, with Sarah Fick, Harlan Greene, Ron Menchaca, Bernard Powers. Discovering Our Past: College of Charleston Histories, 250th Anniversary Campus Tour, May 2020.

Remembering Charleston’s Ancestors,” Post and Courier, May 3, 2019

 Teaching the Works of Eudora Welty: Twenty-First Century Approaches. UP of MS, 2018. [Collection of essays I co-edited with Mae Miller Claxton; we wrote “Introduction" and "Resources for Teachers" and I wrote an essay, “Teaching the Art of Welty’s Letters.”]

Charleston Must Own Its Slavery Wrongs If It Hopes to Right Them.” Post and Courier Sept 24, 2018. 

Charleston Needs a Qualified, Independent Police Audit.Post and Courier June 18, 2017.

Tell About Night Flowers: Eudora Welty’s Gardening Letters, 1940-1949. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi. May 2013.

"Rethinking the Unthinkable: Tracing Welty's Changing View of the Color Line in Letters, Essays, and The Optimist’s Daughter." Eudora Welty, Whiteness, and Race. Ed. Harriet Pollack. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2012. 225-252.

“A Southern Literary Critic In the Making.” Review of Uptown, Downtown in Old Charleston: Sketches and Stories (Louis D. Rubin). The South Carolina Review 45.1 (2012): 173-175.

“Correspondences and Inspirations: The Hurston-Rawlings and Welty-Maxwell Friendships. Essay Review. Southern Literary Journal 45.1 (Fall 2012), 145-49.

“Mountaintop Visions of Faulkner, Welty, and Noel Polk.” Essay Review. The Southern Quarterly 67.2 (Winter 2010): 132-139.