Associate Professor and Director of the M.A. in English
Dr. Licia Morrow Hendriks joined the Department of English at The Citadel in 2000. A California native, she graduated with honors from Duke University before moving on to the University of Michigan’s doctoral program in English Language and Literature. Her first book, entitled Black Family (Dys)Function in Novels by Jessie Fauset, Nella Larsen, and Fannie Hurst (Peter Lang 2003), examines representations of maternity and domesticity in novels written during the Harlem Renaissance. She most recently published a chapter on the comparative poetics of Countée Cullen and Tracy K. Smith in the hybrid collection Revisiting the Elegy in the Black Lives Matter Era (Routledge 2020). She is currently working on the manuscript of her second book, subtitled “The Anglo-American Fetishization of Black Female Domesticity.”
In addition to writing-intensive service courses in composition and literature primarily for the general education curriculum, she teaches upper-division and graduate courses in African American Literature, survey courses in American and World Literature, and special topics seminars for the college’s Honors program. Dr. Hendriks also serves as the department’s Director of Graduate Studies, sharing responsibility with her counterpart at the College of Charleston for the M.A. in English program provided collaboratively by the two institutions. Her scholarly interests encompass the race, class, and gender issues manifested in literary representations of people of color.
Research Interests: Harlem Renaissance/Jazz Age Literature, Race, Class, and Gender in Film, 19th-20th C. African-American Literature, Racialism in American Fiction, 19th-20th C. Black Elite Culture, Feminist Issues in Literature, Ethnic American Literature, and African Diasporic Literature.
Ph.D. English Language and Literature (University of Michigan) M.A. English Language and Literature (University of Michigan) B.A. English (Duke University)