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Scott Yarbrough

Assistant VPAA for Compliance, Retention, and Graduate Studies and Professor of English
Phone: 843-863-7563

Scott Yarbrough


Scott Yarbrough grew up in Perry, Florida, and earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Florida State University.  He earned his Ph.D. in English with emphasis on American Literature at the University of Alabama, where he specialized on the works of William Faulkner.  After working for a year at Alabama as a lecturer, he was hired at CSU.  He has been the Chair of the Department of English since 2003 and Assistant to the VPAA for Retention and Compliance since 2012.  He is a past recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award and Faculty Merit Award.  He lives over the Cooper River in Mount Pleasant with his wife and two daughters.

As a creative writer, Yarbrough has placed stories in Blackbird, Flyway, SouthCarolina Magazine, Iron Horse Literary Review, The Main Street Rag, and StorySouth, among other places.  In 2008 he served as the Prose Fellow for the South Carolina Arts Commission.


  • Ph.D. in English (American Literature), The University of Alabama, 1996
  • M.A. in English (Writing Emphasis), Florida State University, 1990
  • B.A. in English, Florida State University, 1990


Dr. Yarbrough's research interests include Contemporary American Literature, Modernism, and Southern Literature.  He has published on the works of William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, and Cormac McCarthy.  In 2017 he will serve as President of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association, and he is currently a member of the board of editors for the Cormac McCarthy Journal.  Recent publications include "The Education of Henry: Politics and Context in Hemingway's Spanish Civil War Stories" in Hemingway's Spain: Hemingway and the Spanish World, ed. Carl Eby and Mark Cirino, Kent State University Press, 2015; "The Road, Science Fiction, and the Apocalypse Genre," forthcoming in Carrying the Fire: Cormac McCarthy's The Road and the Apocalyptic Tradition Volume II, Ed. Rick Wallach.  Casebook Studies in Cormac McCarthy, McFarland Press; "Grandad's Old Thumb-Buster: Western Iconography and Weapons in All the Pretty Horses." Beyond Borders: Cormac McCarthy's All the Pretty Horses.  Ed. Rick Wallach.  Casebook Studies in Cormac McCarthy, 2014; "A Man who Likes Some Eggs with his Pepper: The Varying Roles of Lacey Rawlins." Beyond Borders: Cormac McCarthy's All the Pretty Horses.  Ed. Rick Wallach.  Casebook Studies in Cormac McCarthy, McCarthy Society.  2014; "Walker Percy and McCarthy: The Intertextual McCarthy." The Southern Literary Journal 45.2 (Spring 2013); "Tricksters and Lightbringers in McCarthy's Post-Appalachian Novels," in The Cormac McCarthy Journal, Spring 2013; "Billy Collins' 'The Night House'" in The Explicator, Summer 2010.  Additionally, he is co-author of A Practical Introduction to Literary Study with Dr. James S. Brown (Pearson, 2005).


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