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Patricia Lee Yongue

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Associate Professor

Professor Patricia Lee Yongue
  • Phone: (713) 743-2944
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  • Office: 205 Roy Cullen Building

Patricia Lee Yongue is a specialist in modern American literature and culture and in women's studies. She has published essays on women writers, especially Willa Cather, and is a past winner of the Christian Hoepfner Prize for her work on Cather. Her teaching and research in American literature continues, and she has added automotive and motorsport history and culture to her professional activities. She has published several essays on women auto racers of the modern period. Currently, she serves on the Board of the Society of Automotive Historians. She is a former Advisor and Director of Undergraduate Studies and has won Sigma Tau Delta and Mortar Board teaching recognition.


  • Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.A., University of San Francisco
  • B.A., University of San Francisco

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Research Interests

Modernist American Literature, Women's Studies, American Studies, Motorsports history

Current Projects

  • Femmes Bugatti: The Women Who Raced Bugattis (co-authored with Dick Ploeg)
  • After the Race: American Modernism, the Automobile, and Automobile Racing

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Selected Publications

  • “The Play’s the Thing: Tom Sawyer Re-enacts Robin Hood.” Forthcoming in Images of Robin Hood. U of Delaware P.
  • “Elisabeth Junek: Racing the Bugatti.” Automotive History Review 39 (Fall 2002): 32-9.
  • “Camille du Gast: A Woman’s Centenary.” Wheels: Journal of the National Automotive History Collection, 37 (Fall 2001): 1-2; 38 (Spring 2002): 1-2.
  • “Making Tracks: NASCAR Advertises America.” The Image of America: Selected Papers of the 1999 Conference of the Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery. Eds. William Wright and Stephen Kaplan. Pueblo, Colo.: SISSI, U of Southern Colorado, 1999. pp. 18-25.
  • "'My mother is here': The Fiction of Buchi Emecheta." In Mothers and Daughters in the Writings of Women of Color. Ed. Elizabeth Brown-Guillory. Austin: U of Texas P, 1996. 74-94.
  • "Willa Cather and Edith Lewis: Two Friends." Willa Cather Yearbook 1 (1991): 186-211.
  • "For Better and for Worse: At Home and at War in One of Ours." Willa Cather: Family, Community, and History. Ed John J. Murphy. Provo: Brigham Young, 1990. 140-53.
  • "Violence and Whitman's 'When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd.'" Walt Whitman Quarterly Review 1 (March 1985): 12-20.
  • "The Professor's House and 'Rip Van Winkle.'" Western American Literature 18 (February 1984): 281‑97.

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Lower Division

  • Automobile in American Literature and Culture
  • Athletics and American Fiction

Upper Division

  • Women in Literature
  • Women Writers
  • American Fiction 1900-1940


  • The Twenties in American Fiction
  • Modernism and American Women Writers
  • Women Writers: Willa Cather and Julia Kristeva
  • The Lost Generation
  • American Realism and Naturalism
  • Cultural Critical Theory: The Automobile in American Culture and Literature

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