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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


Current Digital Humanities Project: "Crimson Fried" food blog


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.




“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.