Mary Wilson

Associate Professor

English & Communication

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Liberal Arts 306


Education

University of Massachusetts, AmherstPhD
University of Massachusetts, AmherstMA
The College of William and MaryBA

Teaching

Programs

Teaching

Courses

A study of selected readings dealing with a special topic chosen by the instructor. Recent special topics include New England Literature, Children's Literature, the Artist in Literature, Black Music, and Black Literature. May be repeated with change of content. Cross-listed as BLS 200; LST 200.

A foundation course for all English majors, examining traditions and innovations in literature and in the study of literature in English. Students develop writing and research skills in the discipline and improve their knowledge of literary terms and forms, literary history and conventions, literary influence, and new and emerging forms and approaches. Genres studied include poetry, drama, fiction, and literary (creative) non-fiction. The course also examines key issues in the profession of literary studies, such as the development of departments of literature, canon formation, and the relationship of literary theory to literary practice.

A foundation course for all English majors, examining traditions and innovations in literature and in the study of literature in English. Students develop writing and research skills in the discipline and improve their knowledge of literary terms and forms, literary history and conventions, literary influence, and new and emerging forms and approaches. Genres studied include poetry, drama, fiction, and literary (creative) non-fiction. The course also examines key issues in the profession of literary studies, such as the development of departments of literature, canon formation, and the relationship of literary theory to literary practice.

A foundation course for English majors in the literature concentration. Introduce students to literary criticism, as well as critical thinking and writing in English Studies. Emphasis in on the application of principles and methods of literary study to selected texts, which prepares students to examine and respond to texts from a variety of critical perspectives.

A study of British literature from 1798 to the mid-20th Century, with attention given to cultural and historical context.

A study of British literature from 1798 to the mid-20th Century, with attention given to cultural and historical context.

Intensive and critical reading of a major author with attention to cultural contexts. Selected author will vary and be identified each time the course is scheduled. Course may be repeated with change of author.

Representative plays from the most famous and most productive eras in the history of world drama - Fifth Century B.C. Greece, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the age of Molière, and the realistic and romantic drama of 19th century France and Germany.

Advanced study in a topic concerning literary texts in any genre, literary history, or literary culture. Areas of focus may include genre studies, literary theory of criticism or other aspect(s) of the creation, production, reception or consumption of literature. Past topics have included: The American Immigrant Experience, Literary Nonfiction, Reading and Writing Nature and Utopian Dreams, among others.

Research

Research Interests

  • Modernism
  • Fiction
  • Poetry
  • 19th and 20th Century British Literature
  • Women’s Studies and Queer Theory

Mary Wilson earned her PhD in English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2009. She taught at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA, for five years before returning to the UMass system in 2014.  Her research focuses on early 20th century British fiction and on representations of domesticity in modernist literature. She is the author of The Labors of Modernism: Domesticity, Servants, and Authorship in Modernist Fiction (Ashgate, 2013), which argues for greater attention to the role of domestic servants in the development of experimental modernist forms.  She also co-edited Rhys Matters: New Critical Perspectives (Palgrave, 2013), a collection of essays on the work of the Anglo-Caribbean modernist writer Jean Rhys.  Dr Wilson teaches courses on British literature after 1798, place and space in literature, and literary theory and criticism.

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