American popular fiction, BIOGRAPHY, women's studies, nonfiction.
Robert Penn Warren Professor, 2000-2004; LEH Research and Publication Grants, 1990,1993, 1998; Pioneer of Popular Culture, 1998; United States Information Agency Grant, 1998; nominated for Pulitzer Prize, 1990: Emily Toth Award, founded 1986; NEH grant, 1985; A Best Feminist Historical Novel, 1983.
Books: Ms. Mentor's New and Ever More Impeccable Advice for Women and Men in Academia (2009); Unveiling Kate Chopin (1999); Kate Chopin's Private Papers (1998); Ms Mentor's Impeccable Advice for Women in Academia (1997); A Vocation and a Voice: Stories by Kate Chopin, (1991); Kate Chopin: A Life (1990); The Curse: a Cultural History of Menstruation (1988); Regionalism and the Female Imagination (1985); Daughters of New Orleans (1983); Inside Peyton Place: the Life of Grace Metalious (1981); A Kate Chopin Miscellany (1979).
Essays: Nearly 200, including biography, criticism, popular and scholarly book reviews, notes on academia, travel articles, and The Ms. Mentor advice column. "Kate Chopin on Divine Love and Suicide: Two Rediscovered Articles"; American Literature (1991); "Developing Political Savvy--Many Misadventures Later"; Women's Studies Quarterly (1990)";The Shadow of the First Biographer: The Case of Kate Chopin"; Southern Review (1990)";Firing the Canon: The Fear That Literature is Fun"; Earlhamite (1990)"; A New Biographical Approach"; Approaches to Teaching Kate Chopin's; "The Awakening"; (1988); "Kate Chopin's New Orleans Years"; New Orleans Review (1988); "Women in Academia"; The Academic's Handbook (1988).
Editing: founder and editor, Regionalism and the Female Imagination (formerly the Kate Chopin Newsletter ), 1975-1979; editorial board, Southern Studies.