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I am a Phd candidate, and will graduate in May of 2006. My dissertation
focuses on the post office, letters, and correspondent relationships as
reflected in eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century British novels.
Prior to attending GW, I earned my Masters in Literature at East Carolina
University in Greenville, North Carolina, and my Bachelors in Language
Arts Secondary Education at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota.
My husband and I hope to return to our native state, and so after I graduate,
I will focus my attention on one of those coveted tenure-track position
Julie Donovan is currently a Ph.D candidate in British Literature after
seeing the light (I was a solicitor in London for ten years). My area of
interest is nineteenth-century preoccupations with Ireland as they figure
in the works of Sydney Owenson and Charlotte Bronte.
I've presented several papers at conferences such as NASSR
(North American Society for the Study of Romanticism) and BAVS (British
Association for Victorian Studies) in a bid to try out my dissertation
ideas. This July I will present a paper at the British Association for
I live in Bethesda with husband, 2 and a half year old
twins, and 13 year old and seventeen year old step-sons, 2 cats and a
dog (some would describe our residence as a house, others a menagerie).
I am currently teaching Victorian literature at GW. My
long term goal is to continue as a teacher, preferably at the university
level (I can totally join in with academic gossip), or at a school, AP
level preferably, with classes full of terrible overachievers who will
do everything I say.
Thomas O. "Todd" Evans IV or
just Todd Evans (preferable)
I received my B.A. and M.A. in English from James Madison University,
where I went on to teach for five years in the Writing Program, which
was interdisciplinary. I also taught a few classes at a community college
in VA. My primary literary focus in British Literature is romanticism,
especially Shelley, Byron, and Blake, but I am also deeply engaged in
the study of poetry generally, from Homer and Shakespeare to Bob Dylan
and Sylvia Plath. I am a guitarist in the blues/jazz/folk/rock traditions,
and I am trying to merge my interests in music with my study of poetry.
I am also involved in leftist libertarian-socialist politics, the study
of mythology, and cultural and literary studies generally. I am currently
in my second semester of classes at GW and love the city! I commute from
my home in Harrisonburg, about two hours away, but may move to D.C. in
I arrived at GW in the fall of 2003 with a BA and MA in literature, two
state teaching licences, and two years of high school teaching experience.
Currently, I'm completing the last semester of my coursework for my PhD
in American lit. My research interests include 20th Century American literature
and psychoanalytic and disability theory, all of which will be represented
in my dissertation on narratives of addiction. I also have a developing
side interest in cultural studies, particularly regarding the economic
and sexual politics of 1990's British independent rock music.
I began here in January 1998 and will be finishing up in the spring, with
a May dissertation defense and summer graduation. My dissertation is entitled
"Modernist Dialectic: Faulkner, Hemingway, and the Complexities of
Literary Rivalry, 1920-1962" and treats my two favorite authors,
each of whom both rivaled, respected, and sometimes hated the other, as
their fiction, nonfiction, letters, and Nobel Prize Addresses illustrate.
I've also been teaching Comp. and the Lit. Survey since Fall 1999; my
best Comp. sections have examined books and their corresponding film adaptations--among
them, -Romeo and Juliet-, -To Kill a Mockingbird-, -The Perfect Storm-,
-Seabiscuit-, -Glengarry Glen Ross-, and –The Shawshank Redemption-.
Lisbeth S. Fuisz
I am writing a dissertation that explores literary interventions in early
twentieth-century American debates about education. I hope to be finished
I am a fourth year
PhD candidate making baby steps with
dissertation, writing on twentieth century
university fiction, the
My focus is British and American post-WWII
fiction about the tragicomic adventures
of professors and students on various
university campuses. The title is
The Tragicomic Campus:
the British and American Academic Novel, 1945-2005.
I am also
attempting to write a
Paul Morphy which I talk up on
Watch out for
The Pride and the Sorrow in
the next five years! For my
English brethren lost in the American
funhouse, I chip away at the homesick
I dream of raking in the
(pennies) at my ingenious
Play Chess for
those who are about to die,
I grew up near Manchester,
England, and graduated with a
BA in English
from Oxford University (1998) and an
MA in Creative Writing from the University
of East Anglia (2001).
University Writing courses at GW on
film censorship and the comic buffoonery of all
professorial/academic fiction. Currently
I'm attempting the heavy stuff in a
Introduction to British Literature, piling on the Spenser and Milton. Ah, the Golden Age of
poems! As Kierkegaard would have it,
is lived forward but understood backwards.
Hi! My name is Laura Greenfield and I am now finishing up my third year
(last semester of courses!) in the English PhD program. I'm in the midst
of finalizing my field reading list for the exam I plan to take in August.
The field I'm putting together is an exploration of autobiographical narratives
and composition theories that consider the role of English language acquisition
as a path to American citizenship. I'm interested in a number of questions:
What role does English language acquisition play in the formation of American
identity(ies)? What role does the clash between spoken English(es) and
standard/compulsory English(es) play in the formation of American identity(ies)?
How is the relationship between learning English (or standard versions
of English) and constructing an American identity described, revealed,
and/or enacted in the literature of American minorities? What are the
implications for the university composition classroom and the Writing
Center, which stand as sites of negotiation between the keepers of a dominant
form of English (academic discourse) and the multicultural/lingual students
that may walk through their doors? In addition to my coursework, I also
work as an Assistant Director of the Writing Center, teach one of the
three remaining Engl 10 courses at the University, and serve as the new
president of the EGSA.
Michelle Beissel Heath
I am a fourth year Ph.D. student with interests in British
literature, children’s literature, and postcolonialism. I have embarked
on the terrifyingly exciting dissertation process, with aims of focusing
on children’s work and adult play in a variety of lovely nineteenth
century British texts. In approaching that process, I have presented at
several conferences, including the British Women Writers Association annual
conference and Wiscon, a conference on feminist science fiction, and I
have taught a number of courses, including ENGL 10, ENGL11, Summer Scholars
courses, and currently UW20 (I hope to teach a lit. survey in the fall).
I have the delight of serving as the rapporteur for an interdisciplinary
seminar series on 19th century British cultural studies at GW, am assisting
(with a very small part) of the upcoming Research Society for Victorian
Periodicals conference hosted at GW in the fall of 2005, and have a wonderfully
supportive, patient, and tolerant husband who (mostly) doesn’t mind
that in my “free” time my face is always buried in a book.
I also have an M.A. (2001) from the University of Maine and a B.A. (1999)
in English, History, and Spanish from Gustavus Adolphus College in St.
Valentin Katz (1983-?)
First year MA student in English literature at George Washington University.
I received my BA from UMCP in English Literature with concentrations on
British and American Literature and Film Studies. Primarily interested
with Early Modern and Contemporary British drama/poetry, specifically
issues of the body, pathology, and conceptions of salubrious and destructive
behavior. After my degree, I plan to bum around the world, teaching advanced
English for a few years to revitalize my spiritual, pedagogic, and financial
strength, and then come on board for the big doctorate. My daily goal
is to subvert all deductive markers forcing individuals to interact with
me if they desire even the remotest idea of who I might be.
Born in Kiev, Ukraine, emigrated to the United States
in 1988 under 'political-refugee' status. I officially have no political
I am a first-year Ph.D student. I got my BA and MA back in Taiwan as an
English major. I wrote my MA thesis on Adrienne Rich, with a focus on
how she rewrote mythology to envision a feminist poetics. My primary academic
interests are 20th century American literature and gender studies, intertwined
with them the issue of body politics. I am also a big fan of classic music:
my favorite pianists are Glenn Gould and Mikhail Pletnev, and my favorite
conductors Guenter Wand and Carlos Kleiber.