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Barbara Ewell

Professor Emerita


Ph.D., University of Notre Dame


  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • English


Prof. Barbara Ewell earned her Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Notre Dame. She is author of Kate Chopin, a bio-critical study, lots of articles on Renaissance poetry, various North American writers, and feminist pedagogy. She has co-edited two collections, Louisiana Women Writers: Critical Essays and Bibliography and Southern Local Color: Stories of Region, Race and Gender. A native of Baker, Louisiana, she attended the University of Dallas and taught across the fence at Tulane and up the road at the University of Mississippi before settling in at Loyola's City College in 1984. As the Dorothy Harrell Brown Distinguished Professor, she continued to instruct and advise adult students in the Humanities Program and also teaches in the Women's Studies Program. She received the Dux Academicus Award in 2003, has taught online courses since 1997, and can be obsessive about recycling.

Classes Taught

  • Writing about Literature
  • Louisiana Literature
  • Women Writers
  • Southern Literature
  • American Literature
  • Black Writers in America
  • Southern Women Writers

Areas of Expertise

  • Kate Chopin
  • Louisiana Women Writers
  • Southern Literature
  • Online Pedagogy


Ed. (with Suzanne Disheroon, Pamela Menke, and Susie Scifres). “The Awakening” and Other Writings by Kate Chopin. Toronto: Broadview Press, 2011.

Ed. (with Suzanne Disheroon Green, Sarah Gardner, Julie Kane, Lisa Abner, Pamela Glenn Menke, and Philip Dubisson Castille.) Voices of the American South. New York: Pearson Longman Press, 2005.

Ed. (with Pamela Menke), Southern Local Color: Stories of Region, Race and Gender. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2002.

“African American Spiritualities: Voudou and Christianity in Southern Local Color.” In progress.

“Louisiana Literature.” “Kate Chopin.” “Frances Parkinson Keyes.” “Ruth McEnery Stuart.” KnowLA Encyclopedia of Louisiana. Ed. Joyce Miller. Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. Feb. 2011