Mary Paniccia Carden is Professor of English and Chairperson of the Department of English and Philosophy at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches courses in American literature. She is the author of Sons and Daughters of Self-Made Men: Improvising Gender, Place, Nation in American Literature (Bucknell University Press 2010) and co-editor of Doubled Plots: Romance and History (University Press of Mississippi 2003). Her essays on modern and contemporary American writers, including Toni Morrison, William Faulkner, Willa Cather, John Edgar Wideman, Alice McDermott, Jack Kerouac and Diane di Prima have appeared in journals including Contemporary Literature, Modern Fiction Studies, Twentieth Century Literature, a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, and African American Review. Her manuscript on the autobiographical practices of Beat-associated women writers is forthcoming (April 2018) from the University of Virginia Press.
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