Elizabeth Bishop

Adjunct Instructor


318 Marano Campus Center

Office hours

Spring 2018
Monday, Wednesday & Friday
8:00 - 9:00
or by appointment

Elizabeth Bishop

Classes taught


ENG 374/800 TR 9:35-10:55 306 Marano CC
HON 204/800 MWF 9:10-10:05 119 Mahar Hall
HON 204/810 MWF 10:20-11:15 119 Mahar Hall

ENG 374 HISTORY & DEVELOPING ENGLISH LANGUAGE-“Humblebrag,” “amazeballs,” “bling”: in the past few years all these terms have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary which is often considered to be the definitive record of the English language.  Where do such words come from?  And how do they come to be accepted as “official” English, colloquial though they are? This course explores how changes (and lack thereof) in pronunciation, dialect, slang, and other aspects of language can tell us more broadly about culture, including social and economic relationships, technology, politics, and more. We will trace the timeline of historical and linguistic events that have shaped how we speak English today and explore a cast of characters who influenced and documented linguistic change.  In surveying these topics, the course furnishes critical vocabulary and contexts for interpreting and analyzing language across a range of historical texts. Class discussion and assignments offer frameworks for thinking about how language itself can be a record of human society, culture, and thought.

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.