Carole K. Harris

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Carole K. Harris, Associate Professor

Carole K. Harris received a B. A. in French Literature from Duke University (1984) and a Ph. D. in Comparative Literature from Yale University (1993). Before joining the English Department at City Tech, she has taught French, Comparative Literature, and English Composition at a variety of other institutions, including Yale University, Bennington College, Rutgers University, the University of California at Irvine, and Hofstra University. She is working on two projects, a collection of essays entitled Flannery O'Connor: The Politics of the Cliché, and a memoir about the three generations of women in her family.

Courses Taught:

ENG 090W, ENG 092W, ENG 1101,ENG 2000,ENG 2001,ENG 3402,ENG 3403


Ph. D., Comparative Literature, Yale University

Academic Interests:

French and American nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature; Gustave Flaubert, Flannery O’Connor, and theories of the cliché; theories of humor; photography; memoir writing; literature of the Civil Rights era; Shakespeare; Greek drama and the African novel.


"On Flying Mules and the Southern Cabala: Flannery O'Connor and James Baldwin in Georgia." Renascence: Essays on Values in Literature 65.5 (Fall 2013): 328-350.

"James Baldwin, Flannery O'Connor, and the Ethics of Anguish." Hunger Mountain: VCFA (Vermont College of Fine Arts) Journal of the Arts. Special issue on "A Tribute to James Baldwin." Web edition. 5 December 2012.

"The Politics of the Cliché: Flannery O'Connor's ‘Revelation' and ‘The Displaced Person.'" Partial Answers: Journal of Literature and the History of Ideas 9.1 (Jan. 2011): 111-129.

"Route 441: Signs from Flannery O'Connor's Milledgeville." Photo Essay. Flannery O'Connor Review 9 (2011): 45-52.

"The Echoing Afterlife of Clichés in Flannery O'Connor's 'Good Country People.'" Flannery O'Connor Review 5 (2007): 56-65.

"Crossing the Channel: Conversations with Colette and Woolf." Rev. of The Intersecting Realities and Fictions of Virginia Woolf and Colette, by Helen Southworth. Twentieth-Century Literature 51.4 (Winter 2005): 495-503.

Der Tod ist ein einsames Geschäft, Diogenes Verlag, Zürich, 1987. Translation of Ray Bradbury's novel, Death Is a Lonely Business, from English to German, in collaboration with Jürgen Bauer.


"Viewpoint: End Course Inequality at City Tech." Written in collaboration with Professors Bob Cermele, Costas Panayotakis, and Benjamin Shepard. Clarion, Sept. 2012. Online version:

"The Negative Impact of City Tech's Teaching Load on Scholarship and Teaching." Opening Statement and Testimonial, Labor/Management Meeting with NYCCT President Russell Hotzler, PSC President Barbara Bowen, and Executive Committee of PSC NYCCT Chapter, May 30, 2012. Posted 3 July 2013:

Creative Writing and Photography

"Queen Mother," personal essay. Perspectives: A Journal of the Faculty and Staff XXX (2007-2009): 73-79.

"Route 441: Signs from Flannery O'Connor's Milledgeville," photography exhibit. Starbucks. 164 Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn, April 1-May 31, 2009.

"The Photography of Professor Carole K. Harris," photography exhibit. Ursula C. Schwerin Library. New York City College of Technology. Oct. 8-Nov. 8, 2008.

"Pug," personal essay. Perspectives: A Journal of the Faculty and Staff XXIX (2006-2007): 60-68.

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