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Sheffield, Elisabeth Associate Professor


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research overview

  • My primary interest is in writing novels. In both my creative and critical work, there are two driving concerns. The first is the problem of self and other (the “other” including not just the feminine and the foreigner, but also writing, death and absence). The second is the relation of representation to sex and gender ideology and “things as they are.” That is, how do our depictions of reality (in literature, and in language in general) work to determine what we perceive as “true” about men, about women, about human nature and sexual identity? I am interested in language as a material and medium that translates and shapes our experience of the world. I am also interested in language’s potential to create “worlds”—that is, new linguistic spaces that leave the reader disoriented and perhaps strangely energized upon her return to quotidian discourse.


  • Creative writing (ficiton), contemporary American, British, and Irish literature, postmodern and innovative literature, Irish modernism, Joyce and Beckett, poststructuralist and feminist theory



courses taught

  • ENGL 5849 Independent Study (Graduate Level 1) (Spring 2019)
  • ENGL 6949 Master's Degree Candidate (Spring 2019)
  • ENGL 6959 Master's Thesis (Spring 2019)
  • ENGL 3051 Intermediate Fiction Workshop (Fall 2018)
  • ENGL 4051 Advanced Fiction Workshop (Fall 2018)
  • ENGL 4830 Honors Thesis (Fall 2018)
  • ENGL 6959 Master's Thesis (Fall 2018)
  • ENGL 5239 Fiction Workshop (Spring 2018)
  • ENGL 5849 Independent Study (Graduate Level 1) (Spring 2018)
  • ENGL 6949 Master's Degree Candidate (Spring 2018)
  • ENGL 6959 Master's Thesis (Spring 2018)


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