Transnational critiques: American studies
19th Century American Social Novel (varied frameworks)
Pragmatism and American Literature
African American Literary Theory
Social Theory (Sociology and Literature)
Comparative American Religions and Literature
Biblical Literary Criticism
American Literary Criticism
Marx and American Interpretations of Marx (19th and early 20th C)
Comparative Studies: Early 19th Century American and German Literature
Undergraduate: 19th Century American Literature Seminars
(e.g.: “Abolition and Reconstruction”; “19th C. Novel as Social Criticism”;
“American and German Literature: Early 19th Century”)
Black American Writers
Comparative Religion and Literature
African American Religious History (Dept of Religion)
Black Civil Rights Movement in Literature and Film
American Political Novel (emphasis on 1930-1950)
The Art of Non-fiction
Colonial American Literature
Jewish Theology and Jewish American Literature
Judaism (Dept. of Religion)
Christian Theology and Literature (comparative approaches)
The Bible as Literature (Hebrew Bible/ Tanakh, New Testament)
Audio Documentary and Drama
Literature and Film of War
Epics of War (Exodus, Iliad, Gospel of Mark, etc.)
American Literature Survey (all periods)
Composition (including Grand Forks Air Force Base)
Introduction to Fiction
Honors/ Arts and Sciences:
(Special seminars) “African American History Through Literature”
“The Black Civil Rights Movement”
“Interdisciplinary African American Studies”
“Race With History: Audio and Film Documentary”
“Jesus and Paul, in Judaism and Christianity”
Research and Teaching Interests:
- American Literature: fiction as social criticism; philosophy and literature; comparative religions and literature; Pragmatism; emphasis 19th C and early-mid 20th.
- Black Literature and Interdisciplinary Black Studies: Abolition era; Civil Rights Movement; Political Philosophy; Black Theology.
- Comparative Religions and Literatures: World religions and literatures; Jewish Theology and Literature; Christian Theology and Literature; Islam.
- Bibles as Literature: Hebrew Bible (Tanakh); New Testament; narrative theory, redaction theory, philosophical hermeneutics.
- Transnational, Cross-national and Comparative Study: 19th and 20th Century American and German Literature, Political Philosophy and Theology; American and Turkish Literature.
- Narrative Journalism, Audio Documentary and Audio Drama: Theory and production.
- Literature of the American Left: socialist fiction; socialist theory and art.
- Homeric Epic
PUBLICATIONS, Selected Sample:
Co-Edited Journal Special Issues:
Carson, Sharon and Çi?dem Pala Mull and Gayatri Devi. Transnational. North Dakota Quarterly. Vol. 84.1/2 Winter/Spring 2017.
Carson, Sharon and Timothy Pasch. Special Issue: What is Digital Art? North Dakota Quarterly. Volume 79.1. Spring 2014.
Carson, Sharon et al (8 co-editors). Special Issue: Robert W. Lewis: In Memorium. North Dakota Quarterly. Volume 79.3&4. Summer 2014
Journal Articles, Book Chapters, Article Length Reference, Multi-Media Public Humanities:
Carson, Sharon, We Interrupt this Program. Burin, Eric, ed. Protesting on Bended Knee: Race, Dissent, and Patriotism in 21st Century America. North Dakota: The Digital Press at University of North Dakota, 2018. Pgs. 195-201.
Carson, Sharon. What a Century-Old Socialist Newspaper Can Teach Us About the Left. In These Times. December 2017. [pg numbers] and published online, November 22, 2017: http://inthesetimes.com/article/20650/Appeal-to-Reason-In-These-Times-Socialist-Newspaper-Left
Carson, S. and Devi, Gayatri and Çi?dem Pala Mull. Guest Editors’ Introduction essay to Transnational. North Dakota Quarterly, Vol 84.1/2, Winter/Spring 2017 7-14.
Carson, Sharon. Politics as Performance Art: Thomas McGrath’s Statement to HUAC. North Dakota Quarterly. Vol 83.4 Fall 2016. 20-22.
Carson, Sharon. All That is Solid Melts Into Air: An Interview with Jonathan Miller. North Dakota Quarterly. Volume 79.1/ 2014. 28-35.
Carson, Sharon. Reconstruction (invited overview essay). American History Through Literature:1870-1920. Eds. Quirk, Tom and Gary Scharnhorst. Detroit: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2006, pp. 953-958.
Carson, Sharon. Discussion and Resource Guide: Race With History, Between Civil War and Civil Rights. Academic supplement for six-episode audio/radio documentary series produced by Creative Change Productions/Alan Lipke/Reality Works. Broadcast by Public Radio International. San Francisco: Creative Change Productions, 2004.
Carson, Sharon. Slavery. (overview and introductory essay) The African American Encyclopedia. Ed. R. Kent Rasmussen. New York: Marshall Cavendish, 2001. Vol. 8, 2300-2311. (reprint from 1993 edition, 28 MS pages)
Carson, Sharon. Book Chapter: “Africana Constellations: African American Studies and Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” Approaches to Teaching Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Ammons, Elizabeth and Susan Belasco, eds. New York: Modern Language Association Press, 2000. 162-171.
Carson, Sharon. “Dismantling the House of the Lord: Theology as Political Philosophy in Incidents in the Life of A Slave Girl.” Journal of Religious Thought. Howard University, Summer-Fall, 1994, Vol 51, Number 1, 53-66.
Carson, Sharon. Religion. (overview and introductory essay on Comparative Religion) The Encyclopedia of Multiculturalism. Ed. Susan Auerbach. Marshall Cavendish Pubs, 1993. 1419-1427 (27 MS pages).
Carson, Sharon. “Shaking the Foundation: Liberation Theology in Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.” Religion and Literature. University of Notre Dame, Summer 1992 Vol. 24.2, 19-34.
PRESENTATIONS and VISITING SCHOLAR APPOINTMENTS, Selected Sample:
Visiting Scholar (invited), International Research Training Group-Diversity (Collaborative Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program between University of Trier, University of Saarbrucken and University of Montreal), University of Trier (Trier, Germany): at University of Trier, Trier, Germany. Summer 2016. Fall 2018.
Guest Doctoral Seminar, IRTG-Diversity: “Mediating Differences in Transcultural Spaces.” May 25, 2016 (University of Trier, Trier, Germany).
Panel Chair: “Waiting, Mythology and Religion” (May 21, 2016) Conference: “Waiting as Cultural Practice.” University of Paderborn (Paderborn, Germany).
Guest Lecture: “Mediated Memory-Scapes: Sites, Sounds, Transnational Refractions.” University of Trier, Trier, Germany, May 10, 2016.
Attended: “Wor(l)ds of Trauma: Canadian and German Perspectives” Partnership Conference between the Universities of Trier and Manitoba May 11-14, 2016; Trier, Germany.
“Diversity Issues at UND and in Grand Forks.” Presentation to NAACP Regional Meeting; Grand Forks, Spring 2013.
“20th Century Jewish Philosophical Perspectives (Franz Rosenzweig)” (Session Chair) Western Jewish Studies Association Annual Meeting, University of Oregon (Eugene, OR) March 2012.
Roundtable Session Organizer and Chair: “German Jewish Thought as Intellectual Wellspring for Critical Inquiry and Teaching Across the Disciplines.” Western Jewish Studies Association Annual Meeting, University of Oregon (Eugene, OR) March 2012.
“Cross-National Critique: Poetry of William Wells Brown and Heinrich Heine.” (January 18, 2012, Guest seminar via SKYPE to University of Trier (Trier, Germany)
“Interdisciplinary Black Studies”: Invited Presentation and Planning Meeting; Diversity Task Force of South Dakota State University, May 2010.
“Methods in Comparative Religion as An Academic Field”: Guest Lectures to Graduate and Undergraduate Seminars in Communications, UND…Fall 2009; Fall 2012; Fall 2013.
“Narratives of Race: Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. Du Bois, Race With History”: Two Day seminar presentation, University of Trier, (Trier, Germany): May 9-10, 2008.
Education: Ph.D. English University of Washington
M.A. English University of Washington
B.A. Editorial/Political Journalism, University of Washington
A.A.S. Human Services: Emergency Mental Health/Crisis Intervention
Seattle Central Community College