Elizabeth Way

Dr. Elizabeth A. Way

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


Office: A122 Tribble Hall

Phone: (336) 758-4174

Office Hours Summer 2017: By appointment only

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

Mary Shelley

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Poetics and Genre Studies

The Gothic

Courses Taught at Wake Forest

Graduate and Major Courses

LBS 720 American Gothic: Then and Now

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

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

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

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

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

ENG 150 Literature Interprets the World: Telling Conversations: The Twice-Told Tale

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

First-Year and Writing Seminars

FYS 100: The Many Lives of Frankenstein: 200 Years of Monstrosity

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 Authority and Sincerity in Women’s Writing, 1790-1837 (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 authority and sincerity in the writings of several major Romantic women writers whose depiction of authoritative and sincere experiences hinge on these generic hybrid constructs, and to reconsider the poiesis of authority/authorship 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, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, and Emily Brontë.

Selected Publications

“‘Stuck through with a pin, and beautifully preserved’: Curating the Life of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861).” Biographical Misrepresentations of British Women Writers:  A Hall of Mirrors and the Long Nineteenth Century. Ed. Brenda Ayres. New York: Palgrave, 2017.

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

“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.

Review, Fresh Strange Music: Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Language, by Donald S. Hair, Montreal, Quebec: McGill-Queen’s UP, 2015. Victorians Institute Journal 43 (2015): 255-60.

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)

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.

Additional Information


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



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