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English Department
Dr. Margaret Sherve

Faculty & Staff

Dr. Margaret Sherve
Assistant Professor of English
Office: 142 Hartnett Hall
Phone: 701-858-4266


BA 1973 in Theater and Sociology from Luther College, Decorah, IA
MA 1991 in Literature from Iowa State University
PhD 2003 in American Studies from Washington State University

Literature courses taught:
English 220 Introduction to Literature
English 261 Foundations of American Literature I
English 262 Foundations of American Literature II
English 337 Topics in the Frontier Literature of North America
English 358 Topics in the Literature of the Upper Great Plains
English 383 Topics in American Black Literature
English 435 Major Writers

Faculty advisor for the International English Honor Society (Sigma Tau Delta)

Specializations & Interests
Dr. Sherve specializes in 19th-century American literature, her dissertation dealt with women who immigrated to the Upper Great Plains, 1880-1920. Her Master’s Thesis explored themes of domesticity in Women’s Sentimental Fiction and 19th-century cemetery sculptures.

Sherve is also fiercely supportive of Service Learning and efforts to connect students and classrooms with the larger community. To this end, she has had first-year composition students visit nursing homes and assisted living centers interviewing residents and writing brief biographies of their youth. Several Biography collections are in MSU’s Gordon B. Olson Library