Sharon L. Joffe, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English

Sharon Joffe
Sharon Lynne Joffe holds a master of science degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a teacher, she specializes in 19th-century British literature. As a researcher, her most recent work has focused primarily on the writings of the extended Clairmont family. Her most recent books, The Clairmont Family Letters, 1839-1889 (2017) and The Clairmont Family Journals: 1855-1885 (2021), were each published by Routledge. As a result of Dr. Joffe's efforts in 2018-2019, the Austrian city of Vienna declared the Clairmont family tomb an "honorary" grave, thereby saving the tomb from destruction and solidifying for posterity the Shelley-Clairmont family bond. 


Office: Maes 15
Phone: (409) 880-8578

Courses Taught

Studies in Victorian Literature (ENGL 4316-5316)
Modern Drama (ENGL 4317-5317)
Shakespeare (ENGL 4340-5340)
Studies in Literature Before 1800 (ENGL 4351-5351)
Studies in 18th-Century Literature (ENGL 4381-5381)
Studies in Romantic Literature (ENGL 4392-5392)
World Literature (ENGL 2331)
British Literature (ENGL 2322)
Composition II (ENGL 1302)
Composition I (ENGL 1301)

Professional Experience

Assistant Professor, Lamar University, Department of English and Modern Languages (2017-present)
Professor of English, Panola College (2015-2017)
Teaching Associate Professor of English, North Carolina State University (2005-2015)
English Instructor, Meredith College (2004-2005)


Forthcoming 2024: Beyond the Shelley Circle: The Clairmont Family and Its Descendants. Routledge (Taylor & Francis), London.
Forthcoming 2023: 5 entries, The Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel. Ed. April London. Cambridge University Press.
2023: “Reconsidering Heathcliff in Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights,Brontë Studies, vol. 48, no. 1-2, pp. 75-87. 
2021: The Clairmont Family Journals: 1855-1885. Routledge (Taylor & Francis), London.
2020: "Saving the Clairmont Family Tomb." Keats-Shelley Review, vol. 34, no. 2.
2017: The Clairmont Family Letters: 1839-1889. Routledge (Taylor & Francis), London. 2 vols.2017: Victoria's Lost Pavillion: From Nineteenth-Century Aesthetics to Digital Humanities. Palgrave Pivot (Palgrave Mcmillan): Digital Nineteenth Century Series (Co-authors: Drs. Joffe, Harrison, Hill, Fyfe, and Setzer).