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College of Arts and Sciences

Faculty and Staff

Nicole Plyler Fisk

Title: Senior Instructor
Associate Director of First-Year English
Department: English Language and Literature
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-7528
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

Recently Taught Courses 

ENGL 101C     Reading and Writing about The Hunger Games as Cultural Phenomenon
ENGL 101C     Reading and Writing about Les Misérables and Its Many Adaptations
ENGL 101C     Reading and Writing about Harry Potter as Cultural Phenomenon
ENGL 102       Rhetoric and Composition

Selected Publications 

    The Carolina Reader for English 101, 3rd edition. Co-edited with Ben Harley. Plymouth, MI: Hayden-McNeil, 2016.
    The Carolina Reader for English 101, 2nd ed. Editor. Plymouth, MI: Hayden-McNeil, 2015
    The Carolina Reader for English 101. Co-edited with Chris Holcomb. Plymouth, MI: Hayden-McNeil, 2014.

    “‘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.

    "Racism In My Front Yard," Daily Kos Recommended, 3 July 2016.
    "Aleppo Is Burning — But Not Trending ... We Can And Should Do More," Daily Kos Recommended, 1 May 2016.
    "Fisk Family Wish List For The Next President: Not A Torturer," Daily Kos Spotlighted, 23 January 2016.
    "Things Aren't Easy For Dogs In The South. But They're Getting Better," Daily Kos Spotlighted, 21 January 2016.
    "I Refuse To Accept That Racism And Gun Violence Will Always Be Around," Daily Kos Recommended, 20 December 2015. 
    "The Censors Were Right: Harry Potter HAS Destroyed Christianity As We Know It. In A Good Way," Daily Kos Spotlighted, 20 November 2015.
    "Teaching The Hunger Games Series In Freshman Comp," Daily Kos Spotlighted, 14 November 2015. 
    "In January, after Charlie Hebdo, David Wong Said This Would Happen Again. And He Told Us What To Do," Daily Kos Recommended, 14 November 2015.
    "Why I Didn't Play On Veteran's Day," Daily Kos Spotlighted, 12 November 2015. 
    "Dear Teachers: Officer Slam Is Not Your Hero," Daily Kos Spotlighted, 30 October 2015.
    "Things Responsible Gun Owners Understand: A Top 5 List," Daily Kos Spotlighted, 4 October 2015. 
    "God Got A Dog: A Book Review," Daily Kos Spotlighted, 15 August 2015.
    "A New Southern Wedding Tradition," Daily Kos Recommended, 19 July 2015.
    "A Mass Shooting Hits Home — Again," Daily Kos Recommended, 16 July 2015.
    "God Is Disappointed In You: A Book Review," Daily Kos Spotlighted, 17 June 2015.
    "That Moment When Your Friend Finds a Bullet Hole over Her Son's Room," Dissident Voice, 19 June 2015.
    "My Search for My Daughter's Birth Mother," 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.
    The Night My Toddler Almost Became a Gun Death Statistic,” Alternet, 8 January 2015.
    “Ain’t You Tired? To Christians Opposing Marriage Equality,” Openings SC, August 2012.

Recent Presentations 

    "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.