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Bill Hardwig

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies


Bill Hardwig is currently working on a book project tentatively called How Cormac Works, focusing on the fiction of Cormac McCarthy and narrative style and is editing a new edition of Evelyn Scott’s idiosyncratic autobiography Background in Tennessee. His Upon Provincialism: Southern Literature and National Periodical Culture, 1870-1900 (University of Virginia Press, 2013) explores the late-nineteenth century fascination with fiction about the American South.  Drawing on travel writing and the often-misunderstood local color movement, this book tracks how the nation’s leading interdisciplinary periodicals, especially the Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, The Century, translated and broadcast the predominant narratives about the post-war and post-reconstruction South.  He has co-edited with Susanna Ashton Approaches to Teaching the Work of Charles W. Chesnutt (MLA Publications 2017), winner of Sylvia Lyons Render Award.  He has also edited a scholarly edition of a collection of stories about the Appalachian Mountains, In the Tennessee Mountains (University of Tennessee Press, 2009), written by Mary Noailles Murfree and first published in 1884.

Professor Hardwig teaches courses on American literature, focusing on Southern, African American, and Appalachian literature of the nineteenth and twentieth century.  Course topics include the literature of Cormac McCarthy (ENG 482), immigration in American Literature (ENGL 331), race and science in American literature (ENG 398), Southern literary regionalism (ENG 551), and recurring sections of Southern (ENG 441) and Appalachian (ENG 444 and 661) literature and culture. 

Professor Hardwig has held the Department of English’s Carroll Distinguished Teaching Professorship, has received the John C. Hodges Excellence in Teaching award, has twice received awards for teaching/mentoring from UT’s English graduate students, and has won university and regional advising awards.


MA  University of Illinois, Chicago
PhD University of Florida



Representative Articles:

  • “Allegory and Allusion in Cormac McCarthy’s Tennessee Novels.” Cormac McCarthy in Context. New York: Cambridge University Press. [forthcoming 2019]
  • “The Postbellum Literary Marketplace.” The Blackwell Companion to American Literature: Volume II: 1820-1914. New York: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. [forthcoming 2020]
  • “Searching for Today in the Past: Teaching Chesnutt To Multiple Student Audiences.” Studies in the Literary Imagination 43.2 (2010): 97-108.
  • “Plucking Our Way through Appalachian Literature: One Class’s Response to Pluck! The Journal of Affrilachian Arts and Culture.” Pluck! 5 (2010): 46-48.
  • “Who Owns the Whip?: Chesnutt, Tourgée and Reconstruction Justice.” African American Review 36:1 (2002): 5-20.
  • “Cocks, Balls, Bats, and Banjos: Masculinity and Competition in the Bluegrass Music of Bill Monroe.” Southern Quarterly 39:4 (2001): 35-48.
  • “The Sentimental DuBois: Race, Anger, and the Politics of Genre.” W.E.B. DuBois and Race: Essays Celebrating the Centennial Publication of The Souls of Black Folk. Chester Fontenot, ed. Macon, GA: Mercer Univ. Press, 2001: 142-165.
  • “Walt Whitman and the Epic Tradition: Political and Poetical Voices in ‘Song of Myself.’” Walt Whitman Quarterly Review 17:4 (2000): 166-88.
  • “‘A Lack Somewhere’: Lacan, Psychoanalysis, and Quicksand.” Soundings: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies LXXX:4 (1997): 573-89.

Contact Information

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