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Windell, Maria A. Assistant Professor

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  • Maria A. Windell investigates the intersections between genre, nation, history, and transamerican studies. Her first book project, Transamerican Sentimentalism: On the Margins of Nineteenth-Century U.S. Literary History, argues that as the US reacted to and intervened in conflicts such as the Haitian Revolution, the US-Mexican War, and Cuba’s wars for independence a particular thread of sentimental discourse actively engaged anxieties about national identity, permeable national boundaries, and the expanding US imperial presence. Her second book project, Novel Imperial Imaginaries: Early US Military, Diplomatic, and Literary History, explores how late eighteenth-century and nineteenth-century military and diplomatic writings reconfigure US literary developments.

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  • US literature, late eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature, transamerican studies, American Studies, ethnic US literatures

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Teaching

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  • ENGL 2102 - Literary Analysis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    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 2115 - American Frontiers
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Considers the backdrop of the American West in literature, film, photography and computer gaming. Focuses on a range of narratives and images depicting this wide swathe of American geography while simultaneously cultivating close reading skills, digital media analysis and film analysis that will aid in deeper insights at the textual level.
  • ENGL 2655 - Introduction to American Literature I
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Chronological survey of the literature from Bradford to Whitman.
  • ENGL 3235 - American Novel
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Surveys the American novel. Covers the early development of the American novel, its rise in the 19th- and 20th-centuries, and its contemporary expressions. Students will be introduced to theories of the novel, the major movements and authors, as well as the characteristics that define the American novel as unique.
  • ENGL 3856 - Topics in Genre Studies
    Primary Instructor - Spring 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 4697 - Special Topics in Multicultural and Ethnic American Literature
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Provides advanced in-depth study of literatures written by ethnic American authors. Texts may be drawn from a range of African-American, Chicano/a, Latino/a, Asian American, Native American or Indigenous literature traditions. Topics vary each semester. Same as ETHN 4692.
  • ENGL 5109 - Literature and Culture of the United States
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Introduces graduate level study of writing of the United States from its inception to the present. Emphasizes a wide range of genres, forms, historical background, and secondary criticism. Topics will vary. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • ETHN 4692 - Special Topics in Multicultural and Ethnic American Literature
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Provides advanced in-depth study of literatures written by ethnic American authors. Texts may be drawn from a range of African-American, Chicano/a, Latino/a, Asian American, Native American or Indigenous literature traditions. Topics vary each semester. Same as ENGL 4697.

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