Department of English

Mark Boren

Professor Mark Boren - Photo by Rory Laverty
Morton Hall 129


Ph.D., University of Georgia
M.F.A., State University of New York
B.A., English University of Florida

Academic Interests

Professor Boren's teaching interests are in helping students cultivate their reading and writing skills. He teaches primarily American literature, from the late eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries. His courses tend to be thematically developed, and the areas are, most often, gothic literature, madness, Romanticism, and slavery. Dr. Boren's teaching is also closely tied to his active research in those areas. He is currently working on a manuscript following unusual constructions of masculinity and femininity in nineteenth-century American literature and is continuing a study of the language associated with the American slave trade. His critical approaches in research, and often in the classroom, are informed by psychoanalytic theory, based on close reading practices.

Courses Taught

ENG 205: Approaches to the Study of Literature
ENG 223: American Literature to 1870
ENG 224: American Literature Since 1870
ENG 350: American Romanticism
ENG 353: Southern Literature
ENG 362: Studies in the Novel: Madness and the American Novel
ENG 362: Studies in the Novel: Faulkner
ENG 364: Studies in Poetry: Lyrical Poetry
ENG 386: Critical Theory and Practice
ENG 387: History of Literary Theory
ENG 490: Topics: Literature of Slavery
ENG 495: Senior Seminar: American Gothic
ENG 502: Introduction to Literary Theory
ENG 561: Insanity and the American Novel
ENG 561: American Romanticism
ENG 572: Literature and Psychoanalysis

Major Publications

  • Student Resistance: A History of the Unruly Subject. New York: Routledge, 2001.

  • Sugar, Slavery, Christianity, and the Making of Race. Miami: Caribbean Studies Press, 2013.

  • "The Pathology of the Romantic Subject and Mary Shelley's Cure for Melancholia in Frankenstein and Matilda." Co-authored with Katherine Montwieler. PsyArt (December 2012).

  • "Dreaming the Gothic: From Dracula to Gaga." Honors in Practice 8 (2012): 85-100.

  • "Abortographism and the Weapons of Sympathy in Charles Brockden Brown's Edgar Huntley: or Memoirs of a Sleepwalker." Style 43:2 (2009): 165-193.
  • "A Revolutionary Learning: Student Resistance? Student Power," Radical Experiments in Utopian Pedagogies. Ed. Mark Cote and Richard Day. Toronto: University of Toronto Press (2007): 76-92.
  • "A Fiery Furnace and a Sugar Train: Metaphors that Challenge the Critical Legacy of Phillis Wheatley's 'On Being Brought from Africa to America'." The CEA Critic 67.1 (2004): 38-56.
  • "The Southern Super-Collider: William Faulkner Smashes Language into Reality in As I Lay Dying." The Southern Quarterly 40.4 (2002): 21-38.
  • "Slipping the Shackles of Subjectivity: The Narrator as Runaway in Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl." Genre 34.1&2 (2001): 33-62.
  • "What's Eating Ahab? The Logic of Ingestion and the Performance of Meaning in Moby-Dick." Style 34.1 (2000): 1-24.