Prentiss Clark

Prentiss Clark

Assistant Professor


Dakota Hall

Phone: (605) 677-5229



Prentiss Clark is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at USD. She is currently at work on a manuscript titled "Measures of Intimacy: Emerson to Du Bois to Baldwin."

Teaching Interests:

American literature and culture (colonial through the early-twentieth century); the prose, poetry, and scholarly history of the mid-nineteenth century; literature and philosophy.

Research Interests:

American literature (especially nineteenth century); the ways in which literature and philosophy navigate questions vital to living examined human lives; genre study as a methodology for theorizing literary relationships.


  • Ph D, English, State University of New York at Buffalo, 2014
  • BA, English, Haverford College, 2005


Citations listed below are presented in a standardized, modified format for display purposes only. They do not necessarily reflect the preferred style and conventions of the faculty member or discipline.

  • Clark, Prentiss. Book Review -- Mr. Emerson's Revolution, edited by Jean McClure Mudge, Open Book Publishers, 2015., pp. 202-207. Vol. 44, Iss. 1. Nineteenth Century Prose, 2017.
  • Clark, Prentiss. Book Review -- The Portable Emerson, edited by Jeffrey S. Cramer, Penguin Classics, 2014.. Vol. 27, Iss. 2. The Emerson Society Papers, 2016.
  • Clark, Prentiss. Book Review -- Bird Relics: Grief and Vitalism in Thoreau. By Branca Arsi?. (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2016. Pp. 1, 455. $49.95.). In The New England Quarterly, vol. 89, no. 3, September 2016, pp. 520-523., 520-523. Vol. LXXXIX, Iss. 3. New England Quarterly, 2016.
  • Clark, Prentiss. "Pulse for Pulse in Harmony with the Universal Whole": Hearing 'Self-Reliance' Anew", 319-341. Vol. 69, Iss. 3. Nineteenth-Century Literature, 2014.
  • Clark, Prentiss. "After Acknowledgement: Theodore Parker as Representative Man." Arizona Quarterly 66.3 (Fall 2010): 1-22...

Awards and Honors:

  • College of Arts & Sciences Research Travel Award, University of South Dakota, 2016
  • College of Arts & Sciences Research Travel Award, The University of South Dakota, 2015


  • Clark, Prentiss. The "perpetual achievement of the impossible": Emerson, Du Bois, and Baldwin Writing Toward "a larger, juster, and fuller future". Presented at the American Literature Association Annual Conference, Boston. (May 26, 2017)
  • Clark, Prentiss. "When 'things most listened for' Remain Unsaid: Making Something Matter in the Poetry of Walt Whitman". Presented at the Northeast Modern Language Association, Annual Conference, Toronto. (May 1, 2015)
  • Clark, Prentiss. "Rediscovering the Intimacies in which We Exist: Emerson and Ethical Life". Presented at the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, Annual Conference, Grand Rapids, Michigan. (March 5, 2015)