Sharon Raynor, PhD

Visiting Associate Professor in the Writing Program


Office: C5E Tribble Hall
Phone: (336) 758-5687


 PhD, Literature and Criticism - Indiana University of PA

MA, Multicultural Literature – English, East Carolina University

BA, English - East Carolina University


Areas of Interest

Vietnam War (Literary) Studies

Multicultural Literary Studies

Oral History

Women and War

Documenting Trauma



Courses Taught at WFU

WRI 105: Writing(s) From the Edge: War, Disaster, Trauma and Survival

WR 111: When Writing Goes to War


Selected Publications

“Commemorating Vietnam: Generational Trauma, Public Memory and Memorials in Rural America.” Mapping Generations of Traumatic Memory in American Narratives (essay collection). Roxana Oltean, Mihaela Precup, Dana Mihailescu, (Eds)s. Project 64: Cross-Cultural Encounters in American Trauma Narratives: A Comparative Approach to Personal and Collective Memories. (forthcoming).

“Victims, Villains and Violence: The Marginalized ‘Other’ in Emotional Relationships.” Sex and Violence: Special Issue of Australian Feminist. Amanda Kaladelfos and Lisa Featherstone (Eds). (forthcoming).

 ”The Tell-Tale-Listener: Gendered Representations in Oral History [with Vietnam Veterans].” (In)Scribing​Gender: International Female Writers and the Creative Process. Clarksville, TN:  Diversion Press.​(forthcoming).

“’Sing a Song Heroic’: Paul Laurence Dunbar’s Mythic and Poetic Tribute to Black Soldiers.” We Wear the Mask: Paul Laurence Dunbar and the Representation of Black Identity (Paul Laurence Dunbar Collection), Willie Harrell, ed. Kent State University Press, 2010: 32-48. 
“Something He Couldn’t Write About: Telling My Daddy’s Story of Vietnam.” disclosure: A Journal of Social Theory. Issue 18: WAR. Committee of Social Theory at the University of Kentucky. (April 2009): 138-158.
North Carolina Digital History Textbook. LEARNNC. Excerpts from oral history testimonies from “Breaking the Silence: The Unspoken Brotherhood of Vietnam Veterans.” University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
“My First Black Barbie: Transforming the Image.” Cultural Studies- Critical Methodologies. SAGE Publications 9:2 (Spring 2009): 179-185.
“From the Dispossessed to the Decolonized: From Samuel Selvon’s Lonely Londoners to Zadie Smith’s “Hanwell in Hell.’” Zadie Smith: Critical Essays.  New York: Peter Lang Publishing, August 2007.141-156.
“’She Had No Self Left:’ The Sacrificial Love of Miriam in D. H. Lawrence’s Sons and Lovers and Hagar in Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon.” From Around the World: Secular Authors and Biblical Perspectives. Seodial Deena, Ed. Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America. 2007. 259-272.
“Erna Brodber: A Sacred Spirit.” Dos Passos Review. Greg Salyer and Mary Carroll-Hackett, Eds. Longwood University. Archives DPR 1.1 Spring 2004  
“The World of Female Knowing According to Georgia Douglas Johnson.”  CLA Journal (College Language Association) XLV: 2 (December 2001): 231-242.
“Breaking the Silence: The Unspoken Brotherhood of Vietnam Veterans.” NC Crossroads. Vol. 6, Issue 2,​ Summer 2002.
’Outsiders Within’: Strategies for Balancing the ‘Double/Triple’ Experience for Tenure-Track Minority Women Professors at a Teaching Institution.” National Symposium: Advancing Women and the Unrepresented in the Academy. Faculty Resource Network: A Journal of Faculty Development.  Spring 2008.
“’To Be or Not to Be’: Woman-Professor-Other (Administrator?)” National Symposium: Advancing Women and the Unrepresented in the Academy. Faculty Resource Network: A Journal of Faculty Development.  Spring 2008.
“The Evolution of Student Culture in the Millennial Generation: ‘Teaching to Transgress.’” National Symposium: The Millennial Student. Faculty Resource Network: A Journal of Faculty Development.  Spring 2007.

Other Information

The Silence of War website documents two oral history projects: “Breaking the Silence: The Unspoken Brotherhood of Vietnam Veterans” and “Soldier-to-Soldier: Men and Women Share their Legacy of War.”

Featured Guest, North Carolina Now, UNC-TV. “Breaking the Silence: The Unspoken Brotherhood of Vietnam Veterans.”  Original Air Date: May 9, 2012.


  • Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History, 2013-2014
  • Clark-Yudkin Research Fellowship. United States Air Force Academy. Friends of the United States Air Force Academy Library, Colorado Springs, CO. 2013-2014.
  • Humanities Writ Large Faculty Fellow, Duke University, Center for Documentary Studies and theDepartment of History, Spring 2012.  
  • Alphonse Fletcher, Jr., Fellowship, the W.E. B. DuBois Institute for African and African American Research,Harvard University, 2011-2012

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