Elizabeth WayDr. Elizabeth Way

Visiting Assistant Professor


Office: C5h Tribble Hall

Phone: (336) 758-4849

Office Hours Summer 2015: By appointment only

Email: wayea@wfu.edu

Website: 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

Poetics and Genre Studies

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality 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

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

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, Dorothy Wordsworth, Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, Felicia Hemans, and Letitia Elizabeth Landon. (Under consideration at Bucknell University Press)

Selected Publications

“Mary Seacole.” Invited Editor. Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism. Gale Cengage Learning. Vol. 305. April 2015.

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 

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


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