Cheryl Mares
Sara Shallenberger Brown Professor of English
Sweet Briar College


Princeton University. Ph.D., Comparative Literature, 1982

Princeton University. M.A., Comparative Literature, 1979

University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado. B.A., History. Phi Beta Kappa. Magna cum laude. 1971


SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE- Professor of English, 1995-date

Associate Professor of English, 1989-95

Chair, Department of English, 1991-94; 2004-2007; 2013-present

Assistant Professor of English, 1982-89

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA - Visiting Scholar, 1988-89

PRINCETON UNIVERSITY - Research Assistant, Criminal Justice Division,
Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs,1981-82

Lecturer, Departments of English and Romance Languages and Literatures,1980-81

Assistant in Instruction, Departments of English and Romance Languages and Literatures, 1975-80

New York City in Literature and Art; Contemporary International Writers; Modern Poetry; Contemporary Poetry; Modernism and Modern Fiction; Contemporary Fiction; Modern Irish Literature and Culture; Recent Writing from Ireland and Scotland; 20th-Century Women Writers; Virginia Woolf seminars; Introduction to Gender Studies


"'The Terror of the Real': Harold Nicolson's War Diaries and the Sense of Place." Paper presented at the Literary London Conference, London, England, 2013.

"'Oh, BUT Virginia...': Virginia Woolf, Vita Sackville-West, and the Dream of Peace." Paper presented the 21st Annual International Virginia Woolf Studies Conference, Glasgow, Scotland, 2011.

"'The Strangled, Difficult Music of the Present.'" In Virginia Woolf: Voyages Out, Voyages Home. Ed. Jane de Gay and Marion Dell. Clemson University Press, 2010.

"The New Ireland: Surveying the Surveyors." Paper presented at the SEMLA Convention, San Antonio,Texas, 2008.

"Framing DeLillo's Falling Man." Paper presented at The Novel and Its Borders Conference, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, 2008.

"The Making of Woolf's America." In Virginia Woolf and the Art of Exploration. Ed. Helen Southworth and Elisa K. Sparks. Clemson University Press, 2006.

"Woolf and the American Imaginary." In Woolf and the Real World. Ed. Karen V. Kukil. Clemson University Press, 2005.

"'The Burning Ground of the Present: Woolf and Her Contemporaries." In Virginia Woolf and the Essay. Eds. Beth Rosenberg and Jeanne Dubino. NY: St. Martin's Press, 1997. 117-36.

"Reading Proust: Woolf and the Painter's Perspective." In The Multiple Muses of Virginia Woolf, ed. Diane Gillespie. (Expanded version of 1989 article.) University of Missouri Press, 1993. 58-89.

"Woolf's Reading of Proust." In Reading Proust Now, eds. Mary Ann Caws and Eugene Nicole. Peter Lang, 1990.

"Reading Proust: Woolf and the Painter's Perspective." Comparative Literature XLI: 4 (Fall 1989): 327-359.

"The Making of Woolf's America." Paper presented at the 15th Annual International Virginia Woolf Studies Conference, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon, 2005.

"Woolf and the American Imaginary." Paper presented at the 13th Annual International Virginia Woolf Studies Conference, Smith College, Northampton, Mass., 2003.

"'The Strangled, Difficult Music of the Present': Woolf on Identity and Difference." Paper presented at the 11th Annual International Virginia Woolf Studies Conference, University of Bangor, Wales, 2001.

Outside Reader for Blackwell's of England, 1999.

"Beauty and the Beast: Assessing Pat Barker's Great War Trilogy." Paper presented at the 1997 Great War Symposium, University of South Carolina.

"'We Few, We Happy Few, We Band of Brothers': Narcissism and the Failure of Theory in Barker's Trilogy." Paper presented for special session, 1996 MLA Convention, Washington, D.C.

"Women Looking (and Women Looking at Men) in DeLillo's Libra." Paper presented at the 20th Annual Conference on Literature and Film, Florida State University, 1995.

"A Walk on the Wild Side with Woolf and Proust." Paper presented at the Comparative Literature Session, 1993 SAMLA Convention, Atlanta, GA.

[Selected Papers and Publications Pre-1989]


Seminar on Literature and Globalization.  West Virginia University. Seminar Director, Rebecca Walkowit, 2010

Chaired session on Woolf and the Visual Arts at the 19th Annual International Virginia Woolf Conference,
Fordham University, New York City, New York, 2009

"The Celtic Tiger Revisited." CIEE Faculty Seminar. Dublin, 2008

Chaired session on War Trauma, the Novel, and the Holocaust at the Novel and Its Borders conference,
University of Aberdeen, Scotland, 2008

Chaired session on Re-envisioning Woolf with (Other) Modernist Writers at the 18th Annual International
Virginia Woolf Conference, Denver University, Denver, Colorado, 2008

"A New Britain: The Disunited Queendom." CIEE Faculty Seminar. London, 2006

15th Annual International Virginia Woolf Studies Conference, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon, 2005

MLA Convention, Philadelphia, 2004

"Conflict and Peace in Northern Ireland." CIEE Faculty Seminar. University of Coleraine, Northern Ireland, 2003

13th Annual International Virginia Woolf Studies Conference, Smith College, Northampton, Mass., 2003

Computer Technology Workshops (Dreamweaver II; Power Point), Sweet Briar College, 2002

MLA Convention, New York City, 2002

MLA Convention, New Orleans, 2001

Research at National Library in Dublin, Ireland, 2001

11th Annual International Virginia Woolf Studies Conference, University of Bangor, Wales, 2001

MLA Convention, Washington, D.C., 2000

Summer Study at Oxford University with the University of California, Berkeley Program, 2000

NCTE Summer Institute - "African American Autobiography," Karla Holloway, et al., Seminar Leaders, 2000

10th Annual Virginia Woolf Conference, University of Maryland, 2000

Southern Circuit Screening Sessions, Columbia, S.C., 1999

Logic Workshop, Margaret Hartman, Director, Sweet Briar College, August 1999

Culpeper Advanced Faculty Technology Workshop, Sweet Briar College, January, May 1999; Culpeper Computer Technology Workshop, Randolph Macon Women's College, January 1998

Designed English Department website, with Elizabeth Botea, 1998; maintain site with student assistants, 1998-present

Conference on College Composition and Communication - Annual Convention, Chicago, 1998

NCTE Summer Institute - "Literature and the New Technologies," John Slatin, Seminar Leader, 1997

Penn State Summer Institute on Theory and Culture - "Performance Theory," Eve Sedgwick, Seminar Leader, 1996

[Other Professional Activities Pre-1995]


Gilpin Grant, Interdisciplinary Studies Grant - Faculty Grants Committee, 1993, 2001-2008

Louise Garrard Davis Blanchard Memorial Fund award for Summer Study at Oxford University, 2000

NCTE Summer Institute: African-American Autobiography, Gilpin Grant, Faculty Grants Committtee, 2000

Special Curriculum Initiative Grant, Faculty Grants Committee, 1998

NCTE Summer Institute: Literature and the New Technologies, Gilpin Grant, Faculty Grants Committee, 1997

Penn State Summer Theory and Culture Institute, Faculty Grants Committee, 1996 Research & Course Development Grants, Interdisciplinary Studies Committee, 1989-94

Course Development Grants, Honors Program, 1989, 1993

Dupont Summer Institute Grant, 1992

NCTE Summer Institute on Critical Theory and Pedagogy, Interdisciplinary Studies Grant, 1991

Program Development Grants, 1989

Sweet Briar College Faculty Fellowship, 1988-89

Mellon Grant, Faculty Development Seminar, College of William & Mary, 1988

Excellence in Teaching Award, Student Government Association, 1987

Modern Language Association
International Virginia Woolf Society
Modernist Studies Association


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