Waid, Candace



Ph.D., Yale University, 1986

Candace Waid is Professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is also affiliated with the Comparative Literature Program. Her central interests include American literature and culture, African American literature, Southern literature, Native American literature, gender studies, and the visual arts. Professor Waid’s books include Edith Wharton's Letters from the Underworld: Fictions of Women and Writing, The Signifying Eye: Seeing Faulkner’s Art, and the Norton Critical Edition of Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence. She has published essays and articles on Welty, Chesnutt, Wharton, and Faulkner, among other authors, as well as numerous editions of Wharton’s works. She recently published “Faulkner and Southern Literature: Reading the Reverse Slave Narrative,” in the Cambridge History of the American Novel.



South Hall 2519

Office Hours: 

Fall 2016: Wednesdays 1:30-3pm



Mailing Address: 

English Department
UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-3170


American Literature
American Race and Ethnic Studies

Research Interests: 

  • American Literature and Culture
  • Gender Studies
  • African American Literature
  • Southern Literature
  • Native American Literaure
  • Literature and the Visual Arts
  • Regionalism and Modernism


Recent News: 

Candace Waid was awarded the 2006-2011 Jim Hinkle Memorial Prize for her essay in the The Faulkner Journal, "Burying the Regional Mother: Faulkner's Road to Race through the Visual Arts." This prize is awarded every 5 years for an essay that has made "a unique and lasting contribution to Faulkner."



Articles & Chapters: 

  • “De Kooning’s Faulkner Trilogy,” Picturing Faulkner: William Faulkner and the Visual Arts, ed. Randall Wilhelm (Knoxville: Univ. Press of Tennessee, 2012)
  • “Bearing Witness: The Political Power of Female Voice in Chesnutt’s Conjure Tales,” in Charles Chesnutt, The Conjure Tales of Charles Chesnutt, ed. Robert Stepto, Norton Critical Edition (New York, W.W. Norton, 2011, forthcoming)
  • “Faulkner and Southern Literature: Reading the Reverse Slave Narrative,” Cambridge History of the American Novel, (Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2010)


Forthcoming Projects: 

  • Blood Union: Conjuring the Conjugal and Other Arts in Southern Narrative
  • The Birmingham Fire Department Reads “Othello”: Memoirs of Others


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