Mary Wilson


Mary Wilson, PhD

Associate Professor

English & Communication




Liberal Arts 306


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





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.

British fiction written between 1900 and the present. Students will examine the development of the novel and the short story form. Writers studies may include Conrad, Lawrence, Woolf, Joyce, Mansfield, Forster, Rhys, Ford, Spark, Murdoch, Phillips, Rushdie, Kureishi, Ishiguro, McEwan, and Smith.


Online and Continuing Education 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 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.
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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.