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Heydt-Stevenson, Jillian Associate Professor

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  • I am a scholar of British and French Romanticism. I teach and research the novel, poetry, and visual arts of the years 1785-1850. I pursue interdisciplinary and comparative approaches by exploring the intersection between literature and the visual arts and between English and French literature. I have studied the role landscape plays in Romantic literature. Further, I write on tourism, especially British travel to Italy and the Middle East during the 18th and 19th centuries. I have finished a book on the role that material culture--specifically things like diamonds, architectural ruins, statues, and hats play in conveying meaning in novels. I am also currently writing a book on the influence of the Syrian City Palmyra on 18th and 19th century British culture.

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  • British Romanticism, French Romanticism, Visual Arts, Critical Thinking, History, Interdisciplinarity, Travel Literature (to Italy, France, and to Middle Eastern countries), Narrative Theory, Jane Austen, William Wordsworth, Maria Edgeworth, Germaine de Stael, Gender Studies, Feminism, Landscape Architecture, the novel, comparative studies

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  • ENGL 1250 - Introduction to Global Women's Literature
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020
    Introduces global literature by women. Covers both poetry and fiction and varying historical periods. Acquaints students with the contribution of women writers to the literary tradition and investigates the nature of this contribution. Same as WGST 1250.
  • ENGL 2102 - Literary Analysis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Spring 2021
    Provides a basic skills course designed to equip students to handle the English major. Emphasizes critical writing and the acquisition of basic techniques and vocabulary of literary criticism through close attention to poetry and prose.
  • ENGL 2504 - British Literary History after 1660
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Surveys key trends and works in British literature from 1660 to 1900 by focusing on issues such as modernity; national identity; political, economic, social, and scientific revolutions; reading and media technologies; and the relationship between literary and visual culture. May include works by Aphra Behn, William Hogarth, the Wordsworths, Jane Austen, the Bront's, Charles Dickens, Christina Rossetti, and Joseph Conrad. Formerly ENGL 2512.
  • ENGL 3164 - History and Literature of Georgian Britain
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Provides an interdisciplinary study of England in one of its most vibrant cultural and historical periods. Topics include politics, religion, family life, and the ways contemporary authors understood their world.
  • ENGL 3267 - Women Writers
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Introduces literature by British and American women. Same as WGST 3267.
  • ENGL 3856 - Topics in Genre Studies
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2018
    Studies special topics in genre studies; specially designed for English majors. Topics vary each semester. May be repeated for a total of 6 credit hours for different topics.
  • ENGL 4830 - Honors Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2021
    Students accepted to English Departmental Honors are enrolled in this course.
  • ENGL 5029 - British Literature and Culture Before 1800
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Introduces graduate level study of medieval and early modern writing through the long eighteenth century. 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 5059 - British Literature and Culture After 1800
    Primary Instructor - Fall 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 5529 - Studies in Special Topics 1
    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. Same as IAWP 6100.

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