Elizabeth WayDr. Elizabeth A. Way

Adjunct Professor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


Office: New! A122 Tribble Hall, The Christine de Pizan Room (in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies)

Phone: New! (336) 758-3758 (WGS Main Office)

Office Hours Spring 2016: Wednesday, 1:30-2:30pm, and by appt.

Email: wayea@wfu.edu

Websites: http://college.wfu.edu/wgs/faculty-staff/dr-elizabeth-way/; http://wfu.academia.edu/ElizabethWay


PhD University of Georgia

MA Durham University, England

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies University of North Carolina-Greensboro

BA Wake Forest University

Areas of Interest

19th-Century British Literature and Culture

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Poetics and Genre Studies

The Gothic

Literature and Science 


Courses Taught at Wake Forest

Graduate and Major Courses

ENG 651/351 Studies in Romanticism: Gender and the Global Gothic

WGS 622/221: Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

WGS 377/ENG 340: Studies in Women and Literature: World. Class. Women.

Core Courses

ENG 185 Studies in Global Literature: World. Class. Women.

ENG 165 Studies in British Literature: Innocence and Experience

ENG 165 Studies in British Literature: Dreams, Vision(s) and the British Imagination

ENG 160 Introduction to British Literature

ENG 150 Literature Interprets the World: Fearful Symmetry: Life, Art, and the Shape of Our Nightmares

WGS 101: Window on Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (Spring 2016)

First-Year Writing Seminars

WRI 111 Science / Fiction(s)

WRI 111 Novel Cartographies: Fact, Fiction, and Mapping One’s Journeys

ENG 111 Men, Women, and Gendered Rhetoric 

Book Project

Romantic Compositions: A Poetics of Home and Exile in Women’s Writing, 1790-1832 (in preparation)

My book proposes a new consideration of the intersections of gender and genre within literary Romanticism to include multi-generic works by women writers as a central form in the period, to present a poetics of home and exile in the writings of several major Romantic women writers whose representations of domestic and exilic experiences hinge on these generic hybrid constructs, and to reconsider the poiesis of home and exile through these creative practices in female-authored Romantic texts. Writers and their works considered in this study include: Helen Maria Williams, Mary Wollstonecraft, Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, Felicia Hemans, and Letitia Elizabeth Landon. (Under consideration at Bucknell University Press)

Selected Publications

“Working Matters: Sculpture, Slavery, and the Sonnet in Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s ‘Hiram Powers’ Greek Slave.’” Forthcoming in Victorians Institute Journal‘s Digital Annex Vol. 43 (2015).

Review, That Line of Darkness: The Shadow of Dracula and the Great War, by Robert A. Douglas, Kingston, Ontario: Encompass, 2011. Forthcoming in Gothic Studies.

“Mary Seacole.” Volume Advisor. Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism. Gale Cengage Learning. Vol. 305 (March 2015): 193-326.

Review, Playing to the Crowd: London Popular Theatre, 1780-1830, by Frederick Burwick, New York: Palgrave, 2011 for Romanticism 20.2 (July 2014): 200-02.

Review, Gothic Realities: The Impact of Horror Fiction on Modern Culture, by L. Andrew Cooper, Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2010. Gothic Studies 15.2 (November 2013): 114-16.

“Teaching Mary Seacole in a First-Year Writing Seminar.” Teaching Anglophone Caribbean Literature. Ed. Supriya M. Nair. Options for Teaching Series. New York: MLA, 2012. 380-404. 

Additional Information 

Selected Recent and Upcoming Talks:

“‘As a true history’: The Science of Self/Reading in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.” Summer of 1816: Creativity and Turmoil Conference, June 2016

“‘The remotest of the Orkneys’: Scotland, Enlightenment Science, and M/Other Nature’s Monstrous Peripheries in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.” “Making a Scene”: Annual 18th- and 19th-Century British Women Writers Conference 2016. Athens, GA, 2-5 June 2016.

Invited Speaker, The Waiting Room, for “Talkback” post-show discussion. Wake Forest University Theater Production. 21 February 2016.

“Working Matters: Sculpture, Slavery, and the Sonnet in Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s ‘Hiram Powers’ Greek Slave.’” Victorians Institute Conference, October 2015

“The Novel Dracula; or, How the Count Won’t be Shorthanded.” 12th Biennial Conference of the International Gothic Association, July 2015 

“Narrating ‘Line[s] of Connection’ in Helen Maria Williams’s Letters Written in France in the Summer of 1790.” 23rd Annual British Women Writers Conference, June 2015

“‘Listen to my tale’: Balladry and Romantic Entanglements in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.” 22nd Annual North American Society for the Study of Romanticism Conference, July 2014

“Re-viewing ‘Tintern Abbey.’”  41st Annual Wordsworth Summer Conference, August 2012


WGS 622/221: Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

WGS 101: Window on Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Lifelong Learning Program: “Madmen, Medicine, and Monsters: The Science of Gothic Fiction,” http://lifelongwake.wfu.edu/terms/spring-2016/


LBS 720 American Gothic: Then and Now


Episode 5: Gothic Literature for Humanities Viewpoints: A Podcast from the Wake Forest University Humanities Institute


Co-Organizer, Feminist Intersectionalities: 5th Annual Interdisciplinary Student Research Symposium on Gender and Sexuality, March 2016

Director, Interdisciplinary 18th-c. Symposium, April 2014


CV Dec. 2015



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