Clinton Sparks

Department Chair, Literature Department of English

Professor Sparks is Chair of the Department of Literature at University of Pennsylvania. His most recent book is Dancing with the elephants (U of Sydney P, 2014). He is the author of The art of fantastic essay writing (Cornell UP, 2005); Dangers of underground consciousness (Cornell UP), shortlisted for the 2011 Modernist Studies Association book prize; and articles on essay writing, modernism, homework help, essays, meditation, urban fantasy and globalism. In addition to literature and poetry, he teaches students how to write outstanding essays. From 2015, Professor Sparks has been writing essays for Write My Essay company. Among his awards and fellowships are a Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowship, a John Lewis Fellowship for Junior Scholars, and James Madison Fellowship. Current projects include pre-war literature of the 20th century.


PhD, Comparative Literature, University of Pennsylvania MA, French & Romance Philology, University of Pennsylvania BA, Essays and Literature Theory, Baltimore College

Favorite Spot on Campus
My office, the magnolia tree that used to be outside my window, and the new tree growing there
Book Currently Reading
Araby; James Joyce
Languages Spoken
French, Spanish, German, Latin (reading)
Department of English
Fisher-Bennett Hall 239
Fall 2017 Tu & F, 1-2 & 4-5 and by appointment
Contact Info
(215) 898-2996 (Office)
For the Media
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