P. Ellen Malphrus, Ph.D.

P. Ellen Malphrus, Ph.D.

Professor of English
Department of English, Theater, and Interdisciplinary Studies

Library 256
One University Boulevard
Bluffton, SC 29909
Office: 843-689-8224
P. Ellen Malphrus, Ph.D.

Professor Malphrus' teaching interests include Creative Writing, fiction and poetry, as well as courses in Southern Literature and American Literature, including Postmodernism and the American Novel Since 1914. Special topics courses include one that focuses on the War/Anti-War Novel in Twentieth Century American Literature.

Currently she is working on a novel and a book of poetry. Her research interests are varied – from William Eastlake (whose work was the subject of her dissertation) to the notion of "rootedness" and restlessness in American fiction to various Southern writers.

Selected Publications

Untying the Moon: A Novel. Story River Books (USC Press), 2015.

"The Prince of Tides as Archetypal Hero Quest." The Southern Literary Journal (UNC Chapel Hill) 39:2 (Spring 2007): 100-118.

"Dancing Past the Ultimate Arrow: An Overview of William Eastlake." The Review of Contemporary Fiction 26.2 (Summer 2006): 7-31.

"Bret Lott" S.C. Encyclopedia. Ed.Walter Edgar. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2006.

"Shannon Ravenel" S.C. Encyclopedia. Ed. Walter Edgar. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2006.

"Thanksgiving on the Chicken Bone Express." Literature: Reading and Writing with Critical Strategies. Ed. Steven Lynn. New York: Pearson/Longman, 2004: 210-216.

"Sacrificial Fox." Essence of Beaufort and the Lowcountry. Ed. Caryl Sweet. Beaufort, SC: KC Newnham & Company, 1999:139.

"Oyster Boats in Summer." Essence of Beaufort and the Lowcountry. Ed. Caryl Sweet. Beaufort: KC Newnham & Company, 1999: 23.

"Can't Nothin' Bad Happen to Me Now: A Tribute to James Dickey." Apostrophe (1998): 4-5.

"Sug's Final Reward." Savannah Literary Journal (1997): 60-65.

"Matrimony." Georgia Poetry Review (1996). [Winner of the George L. Dunn Prize from the Poetry Society of Georgia]

"Blueblack Light." The William & Mary Review 33 (1995): 58-67.

"A Separate Place." Haight Ashbury Literary Journal 13.1 (1994): 13-14.

"Thanksgiving on the Chicken Bone Express." Yemassee 1.2 (Fall 1993): 16-19.

"The Craziest Thing." Point 4:49 (November 1993): 9-19.

"Oyster Boats in Summer." Yemassee 1.1 (Spring 1993): 19.

"The Shadow Part." Catalyst Literary Journal 11 (Winter 1992): 63-65.

"Bank." Without Halos Literary Journal 10 (1993): 99-102.

"Lonnie: The Shadow Part." Contents: The Literature, Music, Art and Design Tabloid (December 1992): 4-6.

"Chapter Three: The Shadow Part." Lonnie or The Shadow Part. Columbia: Exploding Cats Press, 1992: 14-23.