1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences



Marcia Day Childress directs Programs in Humanities within the School of Medicine’s Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities, including humanities and arts courses and co-curricular activities for medical students. She is founding co-director of the Hook Scholars Program, a four-year track for selected medical students who wish to make the humanities, bioethics, or arts part of their pathway into medicine. She also directs the Medical Center Hour, the School of Medicine's weekly public forum on medicine and society.



  • “The Recovery of Friendship: Male Love and Developmental Narrative in Tennyson’s In Memoriam.” Victorian Poetry 50 (2012): 43-66.
  • “National Histories, International Genre: Thackeray, Balzac, and the Franco-British Bildungsroman.” Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net No. 48 (Nov. 2007). Special issue on “Victorian Internationalisms,” edited by Lauren M. E. Goodlad and Julia M. Wright.



  • “Conjuring the Superstitions of a Nation: Magic and Memory in Huckleberry Finn” (under submission)
  • “The Gothic Grapevine: Teaching Chesnutt’s Conjure Tales as Gothic Fiction” Approaches to Teaching Charles W. Chesnutt, ed. Susanna Ashton and Bill Hardwig (forthcoming)
  • “The Terrain of Chesnutt’s Conjure Tales.” Chesnutt, Charles, The Conjure Stories, ed. Robert Stepto and Jennifer Greeson (New York: Norton, 2011), 149-164.   

Select Conference Presentations



  • “Writing for Real: Using Authentic Writing Tasks to Break Free of the Five-Paragraph Theme.” Richmond Area Schools Professional Development Series. August 2017.
  • “Rethinking Ambition: Using Writing to Empower Students as Learners” 38th Annual Spring Conference on the Teaching of Writing. Teaching Writing Where We Are and for Where We Hope Our Students Will Go. Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA. March 2017.


Scholarship and Conference Presentations

  • “Creative Writing in General Writing Classes:  Despite Common Core and Emphasis on STEM Education, Students Want and Need Imaginative Writing”, Creative Writing Studies Organization Conference, September 2016
  • “Advice from the Writing Center, University of Virginia Pedagogy Symposium, May 2016
  • “What Our Speech Still Disrupts” (moderator/organizer/presenter) at AWP’s Annual Conference in Los Angeles, CA, March 31, 2016
  • “Deepening Inquiry in ENWR”, University of Virginia Writing Program, March 25, 2016






  • “‘From Silent Wounds to Narrated Words’: Calypso Storytelling in Lawrence Scott’s Night Calypso.” Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal. Vol. 10: Iss. 1, Article 3 (2013).“‘Under a Foreign Sky’: Place and Displacement in James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room.” Paroles Gelées 26:1 (2010) 24-46.

Book Chapters

  • “‘Music and a Story’: Sound Writing in Ramabai Espinet’s The Swinging Bridge.Critical Perspectives on Indo-Caribbean Women’s Literature. Eds. Joy Mahabir, Mariam Pirbhai. New York: Routledge, 2012.


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