Prentiss Clark

Prentiss Clark

Assistant Professor


Dakota Hall

Phone: (605) 677-5229


Curriculum Vitae


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. "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...
  • 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.. New England Quarterly.

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. "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)