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Wright, Nicole Mansfield

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research overview

  • Dr. Wright's research focus extends from shifting conceptions of justice in British literature and culture of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries to their reverberations in today's fragmented social and political world. Beyond the theory and development of the novel, her interests include several topics pertaining to the history of ideas as reflected in literature, encompassing the history of science, the history of law, changing theories of affect and emotion, and African American fiction and poetry. Each of these interests, while apparently varied, informs her examination of politically charged representations, in contexts ranging from laboratory science to legal testimony.


  • eighteenth-century through Romantic British literature and culture, development and theories of the novel, history of ideas as reflected in literature, law and literature, emotion and affect, race in literature, science and literature, African American literature


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courses taught

  • ENGL 1001 - Freshman Writing Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Provides training and practice in writing and critical thinking. Focuses on the writing process, the fundamentals of composition, and the structure of argument. Provides numerous and varied assignments with opportunity for revision.
  • ENGL 2504 - British Literary History after 1660
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2022
    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 3026 - Syntax, Citation, Analysis: Writing About Literature
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021 / Spring 2023
    Students hone their writing skills by closely analyzing the language in literary texts. The course will focus on the nuances of sentence structure and grammar, in order to help students become better writers and readers. Students will learn how to perform research in literary criticism and will write and revise a research paper, as well as a number of other short papers for different audiences. Students will learn and use citation methods within the discipline and will discuss the reasoning behind citational practice. Recommended prerequisite: completion of lower-division writing requirement.
  • ENGL 3377 - Multicultural Literature
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2021
    Studies special topics in multicultural literature; specially designed for English majors. Topics vary each semester. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours for different topics.
  • ENGL 4039 - Critical Thinking in English Studies
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2022
    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 4830 - Honors Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2023
    Students accepted to English Departmental Honors are enrolled in this course.
  • ENGL 5169 - Multicultural/Postcolonial Studies
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2023
    Introduces graduate level study of ethnic American and/or postcolonial writing in English, including relevant theoretical discourse. 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.


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