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Malinda Snow

Emeritus, Assoc Professor

Ph.D., Duke University, 1974


18th-Century British Studies, Rhetoric


Dr. Snow has broad interests, centering on eighteenth-century studies. She pursues contextual criticism that examines works of imaginative literature in relation to a religious, scientific, or political matrix. She teaches courses in eighteenth-century British literature and has published essays on, among other authors of that period, Daniel Defoe and Henry Fielding. In addition, she teaches courses and conducts research on early modern women’s literature. She also maintains interests in American literature, rhetoric, and grammar. She is the author of essays on Sarah Orne Jewett, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Eudora Welty.

Dr. Snow led efforts to establish at Georgia State a concentration in composition and rhetoric at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, having proposed, designed, and taught for the first time courses in argumentative writing, the history of rhetoric, and the teaching of composition.

Also a Sacred Harp singer, Dr. Snow is the author of The New Georgia Encyclopedia article on the Sacred Harp. She is currently pursuing research on eighteenth-century English poets’ use in The Sacred Harp.


“The Origins of Defoe’s First-Person Narrative Technique: An Overlooked Aspect of the Rise of the Novel,” The Journal of Narrative Technique, 6 (1976): 175-87.

“’That One Talent’: The Vocation as Theme in Sarah Orne Jewett’s A Country Doctor,” Colby Library Quarterly, 16 (1980): 138-47.

“The Judgment of Evidence in Tom Jones,” South Atlantic Review, 48 (1983): 37-51.

“Martin Luther King’s ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail’ as Pauline Epistle,” Quarterly Journal of Speech, 71 (1985): 318-34.

“Arguments to the Self in Defoe’s Roxana,” SEL, 34 (1994): 523-36).

“Habits of Empire and Domination in Eliza Fenwick’s Secresy,” Eighteenth-Century Fiction, 14 (2002): 159-76.

“’Oft in the Stilly Night’: Past and Present, Myth and Identity in Delta Wedding,” The Eudora Welty Newsletter, 27, no 2 (Summer 2003): 1-7.