Lauren Cardon is an Assistant Professor of English on the clinical track, specializing in twentieth-century and contemporary American literature as well as composition. Professor Cardon earned her PhD and Masters degrees from Tulane University. Her second book, Fashion and Fiction: Self-Transformation in American Literature, argues that that canonical U.S. authors symbolically use clothing, as well as an evolving fashion industry, to tell their stories of self-fashioning. Authors Edith Wharton, Theodore Dreiser, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and Nella Larsen, among others, map a shift from a class-conscious fashion industry governed by Parisian designers to a transatlantic industry of mass consumption governed by fashion journalism. Cardon's first book, The "White Other" in American Intermarriage Stories, 1945-2008, was published by Palgrave MacMillan as part of the Signs of Race Series. She has also published articles in MELUS, Change, Southern Quarterly, and The Saul Bellow Journal.
Current Digital Humanities Project: "Crimson Fried" food blog
Fashion and Fiction: Self-Transformation in Twentieth-Century American Literature. University of Virginia Press, Forthcoming, 2016.
“From Black Nationalism to the Ethnic Revival: Meridian’s Lynne Rabinowitz.” MELUS
36.3 (Fall 2011): 159-185.
“‘Good Breeding’: Margaret Mitchell’s Multi-Ethnic South,” Southern Quarterly 44.4
(Summer 2007): 61-82.
“Herzog as Survival Literature,” Saul Bellow Journal 20.2 (Fall 2004): 85-108.