Email: lscardon@ua.edu
Office: 
126 Morgan Hall
Office Phone: 
8-8494
Courses: 
EN 103
EN 219: American Literature I Honors
EN 220: American Literature II Honors
EN 300: Intro to English Studies
EN 309: Advanced Expository Writing
EN 317: Writing Center Practicum
EN 361: Topics in American Literature, Post-1945
455: Advanced Studies in Writing

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

Website: laurencardon.com

Current Digital Humanities Project: "Crimson Fried" food blog

Books

Fashion and Fiction: Self-Transformation in Twentieth-Century American Literature. University of Virginia Press, Forthcoming, 2016.

The "White Other" in American Intermarriage Stories, 1945-2008. Palgrave, 2012.



 

 

Articles

“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.