Sharon Joffe

Sharon Joffe

Sharon L. Joffe, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English
Office: Maes 15

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. Her major area of teaching specialization is in 19th-century British literature. In recent years, Sharon's research has focused primarily on the writings of the extended Clairmont family. In 2017, Routledge published her book, The Clairmont Family Letters, 1839-1889. In 2021, Routledge published her most recent book, The Clairmont Family Journals: 1855-1885. As a result of Sharon'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 thus solidifying for posterity the Shelley-Clairmont family bond. 

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)


In 2018-2019, Sharon worked to have the Clairmont family tomb in the city of Vienna, Austria, declared an "honorary" grave. The city will maintain the historical site indefinitely.

Recent Research/Publications

  • 2021: The Clairmont Family Journals: 1855-1885. Routledge (Taylor & Francis), London.
  • Forthcoming 2021: 5 entries, The Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel. Ed. April London. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
  • 2020: "Saving the Clairmont Family Tomb". Keats-Shelley Review (34:2)
  • 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).