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Gretchen Comba

Teaching Associate Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies
(804) 828-1331
Anderson 201


BA Florida State University
MA Virginia Commonwealth University
MFA University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Research/Teaching Focus

Creative writing (fiction); twentieth-century U.S. literature; U.S. women writers


The Stillness of the Picture: Stories. Tucson:  Kore Press, 2016.

Recent/Selected Publications

“An ‘Unlikely’ Intersectionalist: Black Feminist Ethics in William Maxwell’s Time Will Darken It.” MidAmerica: The Yearbook of the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature XL (2013): 124–139.

“Chronology.” F. Scott Fitzgerald in Context. Ed. Bryant Mangum. New York: Cambridge UP, 2013. xxi–xxxviii.

“William Maxwell: A Checklist of the Primary Sources.” Resources for American Literary Study 32 (2009): 267–96.

“The Art of Atonement: The Emergence of the Jewish Character in William Maxwell’s Short Fiction.” MidAmerica: The Yearbook of the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature  XXXV (2008): 66–79

Upcoming Deadlines

Classes Begin
JANUARY 14, 2019

Add/Drop Deadline
JANUARY 20, 2019

Graduation Application Deadline
JANUARY 25, 2019

Spring Break
MARCH 3-10, 2019

Course Withdrawal Deadline
MARCH 22, 2019

Last Day of Classes
MAY 3, 2019



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