Elizabeth Bishop

Visiting Assistant Professor


312 Marano Campus Center

Office hours

FALL 2019
Monday, Wednesday & Friday
8:00 - 9:00
or by appointment

Classes taught


ENG 102/680 MWF 1:50-2:45 258 Marano CC
ENG 102/960 MWF 9:10-10:05 336 Sheldon Hall 
ENG 385/800 MWF 11:30-12:25 223 Marano CC
HON 204/800 MWF 10:20-11:15 332 Sheldon Hall

ENG 102 COMPOSITION II: Practice in college level writing, includes preparation of a research paper.

ENG 385 CHILDREN'S LITERATURE: This course will explore international folk and fairy tales which are typically taught to us as children, then recur throughout our lives. What can they tell us about the cultures from which they originate? What can they tell us about ourselves? And is Children’s literature an appropriate pedagogical vehicle for enterprises such as reading and morality? 

HON 204 HONORS WRITING ABOUT LITERATURE: This class will traverse the Atlantic from Britain to Africa, the Caribbean and back again to trace representations of slavery throughout the British Romantic Era (1770-1830). The texts we will read—DISCUSS IN CLASS—and write about, will be influenced by a paradigm emerging in Romanticist scholarship termed ‘black romanticism.’ This valence argues that the enslavement of individuals which guaranteed the economic success of the British Isles must also be considered the foundation of all cultural activities. Therefore we will spend much time on understanding the Afro-Caribbean slave experience, British society’s perception and various representations of enslavement.  We will read together the overlapping and often contradictory priorities of concerns of Romantic writers and Abolitionist activists as they advocate for a new world.


ENG 265/800 MWF 10:20-11:15 225 Marano CC
ENG 351/800 MWF 1:50-2:45 225 Marano CC
ENG 374/800 MWF 9:10-10:05 225 Marano CC
HON 204/800 MWF 11:30-12:25 225 Marano CC

ENG 265 SOPHOMORE SEMINAR IN GENRE-This class exists to give English majors a strong introduction to a specific genre of literature. This class will focus on British Romanticism. British romantic writers operated from 1780-1830 and concerned themselves with themes of imagination, women's rights, abolition, nature and other subjects. While romantic writers are similar, they are also very different which has led scholars to no longer speak of one romanticism, but romanticisms. Our primary focus will be a recent paradigmatic shift called ‘black romanticism.’ This argues that the colonial activities which fueled the British Empire must be considered the foundation of all cultural activities. Therefore we will spend much time on understanding the Afro-Caribbean slave experience, British society’s perception of it, and various representations of it. While the goal of this class is to better understand literature, this class will involve a synthesis of history, politics and philosophy. 

ENG 351 AMERICAN POETRY SINCE 1945 -This course will study English-language poetry from 1945 to present.

ENG 374 HIST & DEVEL ENGLISH LANG-This course will trace the history and development of the English language with particular attention to North American vernacular creoles and patois. 

HON 204 HONORS: WRITING ABOUT LITERATURE-You’ve read poetry in high school, but it is weird and confusing. I am here to help you. This course will introduce you to poetry in its various forms from music to the written word, beginning in the modern day and working backwards from Ada Limon and the songs of Neutral Milk Hotel to Rilke and Shelley. We will explore different forms and experimentation and you will try yr hand at it as well. Each day we will read a different poem together and discuss all the questions it raises. In these different words, different worlds, we will debate their meanings, argue about context and decide on our interpretations. From our class discussions you will write your papers about a poem of your choice.