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Department of English Language and Literature


Nicole Plyler Fisk

Title: Senior Instructor
Associate Director of First-Year English
Department: English Language and Literature
College of Arts and Sciences
Office: HUO 402
Resources: English Language and Literature


PhD, University of South Carolina, 2007
MA, University of Charleston, 2003
BA, College of Charleston, 2001

Areas of Specialization 

Nineteenth-Century British Literature
Gender Studies
Composition and Rhetoric
Popular Culture
Young Adult Literature
Service Learning

Recently Taught Courses 

ENGL 101/102 Capstone          Reading, Writing, and Researching about Harry Potter as a Cultural Phenomenon
ENGL 101/102 Capstone          Reading, Writing, and Researching about The Hunger Games as a Cultural Phenomenon 
ENGL 282 Fiction/Capstone    Study Abroad (Ireland): Irish Fiction for Children 
ENGL 282 Fiction/Capstone    Study Abroad (Portugal): Portuguese Fiction for Children

Selected Publications 

   • The Carolina Reader for English 101. Editor and managing editor.
       - 2 editions, TopHat, 2022-2023
       - 9 editions, Hayden-McNeil, 2013-2021.
The Carolina Rhetoric for English 102. Editor and managing editor.
       - 1 edition, TopHat, 2023.
       - 7 editions, Hayden-McNeil, 2016-2022.

    “‘I Heard Her Murmurs’: Decoding Narratives of Female Desire in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre and Eliza Fenwick’s Secresy.” Brontë Studies 33.1 (November 2008): 218-231.
    “‘A Wild, Wick Slip She Was:’ The Passionate Female in Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights and Mary Hays’s The Memoirs of Emma Courtney.” Bronte Studies 31.2 (July 2006): 133-43.
    “Lady Audley as Sacrifice: Curing Female Disadvantage in Lady Audley’s Secret.” Victorian Newsletter 105 (2004): 24-27.

   • "My Search for My [Child's] Birthmother." Bustle (7 May 2015). 
   • "Why Responding to Bigotry on Facebook Matters." Bustle (5 May 2015). 
"Why White People Need to Listen to Baltimore." Bustle (28 April 2015). 
   • "My Husband Walter Scott: A Study in Privilege." Bustle (16 April 2015). 


   • “Peacemaking through Storytelling: What I Learned from Suzanne Collins, Author of The Hunger Games.” PJSA Annual Conference in Alliance, OH. 14 October 2022.
“‘The way he hates you … [is] so familiar’: Intimate Violence in Suzanne Collins’s War Stories for Children.” International Interdisciplinary Conference: Violence and Power in Richards Bay, South Africa. 9 September 2022.
    “Integrating Reflection in Study Abroad.” Center for Teaching Excellence Workshop Series in Columbia, SC. 1 April 2021.
    "From Silence Breakers to Culture Changers: Power and Potential in the #MeToo Movement." SPF/CCC Series on Feminism. 7 January 2018. 
    “Fostering Classroom Civility.” Center For Teaching Excellence Workshop Series in Columbia, SC. 30 August 2017. 
    “Higher Education and ‘The Blithe Superiority that is the Refuge of the Small.’” SPF/CCC Conference in Springfield, Missouri. 11 August 2017.
    "Tributes and American Snipers: How The Hunger Games Helps Us Understand Chris Kyle and Imagine Peace." ECPR Conference in Montreal, Canada. 29 August 2015. 
    “’Some Kind of Monster that I’m Not’: The Process of Becoming Fully Human in The Hunger Games Series.” PCA/ACA Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. 1 April 2015.
    “’May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor’: Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games Series as First-Year Composition Theme.” Writing Program Administrators Conference in Savannah, Georgia. 19 July 2013.
    “Developing Shades of Grey: Moral Development in the Harry Potter series.” Southwest Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 28 February 2009.
    “‘Surely We Shall Find No Lower Depth Than This’: Matrimonial Misery in Charlotte Brontë’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and Charlotte Smith’s Desmond.” The South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. 23 February 2008.
    “Brontë’s Bertha and Fenwick’s Sibella: Parallel Representations of Anxiety and Madness.” The Aphra Behn Society for Women and the Arts Conference in Daytona Beach, Florida.  29 October 2005.
    “‘A Wild, Wick Slip She Was:’ Parallel Representations of the Passionate Female in Brontë’s Wuthering Heights and Hays’s Memoirs of Emma Courtney.  International Conference on Romanticism at Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado.  15 October 2005.
    “Twin Souls: Bertha and Heathcliff in Lin Haire-Sergeant’s H: The Story of Heathcliff’s Journey Back to Wuthering Heights.”  The Twentieth Century and the Victorians Conference at University of Leeds, England.  11 July 2005.
    “Gothic Inversions: Playing with Religious Expectation in Robinson’s ‘The Lady of the Black Tower.”  College English Association in Indianapolis, Indiana.  1 April 2005.
    “Mary Robinson as Female Prophet: Reading ‘The Lascar’ as a Warning Against Imperialism.” International Conference on Romanticism at Texas A&M International University, Laredo, Texas.  16 October 2004.
    “Hareton and Heathcliff:  Angelic and Demonic Heroes in Wuthering Heights.”  The Brontës and Their World Conference at Pace University, Pleasantville, New York.  17 April 2004.

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