Kary Smout Associate Professor of English, Director of the Writing Center

Kary Smout

Washington 112


B.A., Brigham Young University, 1985
M.A., Duke University, 1986
Ph.D., Duke University, 1991


Rhetoric and Culture; Writing Instruction; the Politics of Higher Education; Native American Literature; Southern American Literature; Western American Literature


WRIT 100-First Year Writing Seminar (ESOL)
English 201-Advanced Expository Writing
English 253-Southern American Literature
English 299-Seminar for Prospective Majors
English 380-Advanced Seminar
English 413-Senior Research and Writing

Selected Publications

"Don't Tread on Me: Crossing Boundaries in the Liberal Arts." Composition(s) In the New Liberal Arts. Eds. Joanna Castner Post and James A. Inman. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 2009. 29-42.

Book. The Creation/Evolution Controversy: a Battle for Cultural Power. Westport, CT: Praeger, 1998.

"An Interview with Charles Bazerman." Composition Studies 23 (1995): 21-36. (Co-authored with T. Hugh Crawford.)

"Attacking (Southern) Creationists." Religion in the Contemporary South: Diversity, Community, and Identity. Eds. O. Kendall White, Jr. and Daryl White. Southern Anthropological Society Proceedings, No. 28. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1995. 59-66.

"Senkyoshigo: A Missionary English of Japan." American Speech 63 (1988): 137-49.

Work in Progress

Writing Good English Sentences.

Seminar Topics

The Southern Short Story
The Problem of Value in 19th-Century American Literature
Native American Literature
Western American Literature
Cultural Conflicts in the American West