Carol Holly is Professor of English at St. Olaf College. Having received her PhD from Brown University in 1976, she has been teaching at St. Olaf for over thirty years. Among her current teaching interests are 19th-century American literature, women's literature, and American autobiography and memoir. In addition to teaching a variety of courses in the English department, Carol has served as lead teacher in St. Olaf's American Conversations program.
Carol has published widely on the late years of Henry James, with specific attention to James's autobiographical writings. Her book, Intensely Family: The Inheritance of Family Shame and the Autobiographies of Henry James, was published in 1995 by the University of Wisconsin Press as part of their series, Studies in American Autobiography. She has also published essays on 19th-century American women writers in American Literature, American Autobiography: Retrospect and Prospect, American Literary Realism, and Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers. Her current research is focused on the writing of Rose Terry Cooke, Mary Wilkins Freeman, and other nineteenth-century women regionalist writers. Her most recent article on Rose Terry Cooke is forthcoming in the New England Quarterly.
Carol is the recipient of two National Endowment Fellowships for College Teachers and a Fulbright Fellowship to the former Yugoslavia where she taught American literature at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia. From 1997-2000, she served a three-year term as the O.C. and Patricia Boldt Distinguished Teaching Chair in the Humanities at St. Olaf and, more recently, a one-year term as Lilly Vocational Scholar.