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Garrity, Jane

Associate Professor


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research overview

  • My book in progress probes how the Bloomsbury Group, the most prominent English artistic and intellectual cohort of the past two hundred years, navigated Britain’s complex association with empire through their engagement with fashionable clothing and objects.The broader context of Fashioning Bloomsbury intersects with a very contemporary concern: in an age where we are inundated with things that are disposable and have lost our connection with the physical realm, how do we retain our sense that objects have an inherent value? This project draws from recent work the New Materialism in order to show how the Bloomsbury Group navigated England’s complex association with empire through its engagement with matter, thus departing from critics who associate the group with the disembodied abstract realm of human thought.


  • twentieth-century British literature, modernism and empire, gender and sexuality studies, cultural studies, neo-materialism


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courses taught

  • ENGL 3267 - Women Writers
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
    Introduces literature by British and American women. Same as WGST 3267.
  • ENGL 3930 - Internship
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Summer 2020
    Provides academically supervised opportunity for upper-division students to work in public or private organizations on projects related to students' career goals and to relate classroom theory to practice. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Department enforced prerequisite: 3.0 GPA and faculty supervision.
  • ENGL 4039 - Critical Thinking in English Studies
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2020 / Summer 2021
    Concerned with developments in the study of literature that have significantly influenced our conception of the theoretical bases for study and expanded our understanding of appropriate subject matter. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours.
  • ENGL 4820 - Honors Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Prepares prospective honors students to write honors theses. Focuses on sharpening the skills needed to write a successful thesis, including research techniques and the ability to evaluate and respond to secondary materials. Required for Honors in English Literature.
  • ENGL 5059 - British Literature and Culture After 1800
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Introduces graduate level study of Romantic, Victorian, Modern and Postmodern writing. Emphasizes a wide range of genres, forms, historical background and secondary criticism. Cultivates research skills necessary for advanced graduate study. Topics will vary. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • ENGL 5549 - Studies in Special Topics 2
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020
    Studies special topics that focus on a theme, genre, or theoretical issue not limited to a specific period or national tradition. Topics vary each semester. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours.
  • WGST 3267 - Women Writers
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
    This course explores how women write about a range of issues, some explicitly gendered, such as desire, sexuality, marriage, and family, and others perhaps less so, such as politics, justice, race, and class. We'll consider how women think about their craft, how they approach questions of art and beauty, and whether we should consider writing by women a separate category. Students will examine a range of literature by women, aiming to be inclusive and intersectional. Same as ENGL 3267.


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