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Dr. Wendy Kurant

Title: Associate Professor, English
Phone: 706-867-3218

Office: Dunlap Hall 309A, Dahlonega
Areas of Expertise: Early and Nineteenth Century American Literature, Southern Literature

Courses Taught

Dr. Kurant teaches English Composition I and II, American Literature I, Early American Literature, American Romanticism, American Realism and Naturalism, American Modernism, Southern Literature, and The Civil War in Literature (special topic).


  • Ph.D., English, University of Georgia, 2001
  • B.A., English, Oglethorpe University, 1990

Research/Special Interests

Dr. Kurant is currently working on a book manuscript studying the unpublished novels of Mary Boykin Chesnut in relation to her revised Civil War diary.  Her research interests particularly center on New Historicism and depictions of the South and the Civil War.


Dr. Kurant’s first publication was "The Power of Love: The Education of a Domestic Woman in Mary Boykin Chesnut’s Two Years” in The Southern Literary Journal 2 (Spring 2002). Her subsequent publications are as follows: "The Power of Love: The Education of a Domestic Woman in Mary Boykin Chesnut’s Two Years.”  The Southern Literary Journal 2 (Spring 2002); “The Making of Buck Preston: Mary Boykin Chesnut, Women, and Confederate Memorial Movement.”  The Southern Quarterly 46.4 (Summer 2009); Book Review of Julia A. Stern’s Mary Chesnut’s Civil War Epic. American Nineteenth Century History 12.3; and “Strange Fascination”: Walt Whitman, Imperialism, and the South.” Walt Whitman Quarterly Review 29.2-3 (2012).

Work Experience

Dr. Kurant taught at Wilmington College before coming to the University of North Georgia in 2005.

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