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Sheffield, Elisabeth 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 3051 - Intermediate Fiction Workshop
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Intermediate course in fiction writing. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours.
  • ENGL 4051 - Advanced Fiction Workshop
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Advanced course in fiction writing. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours.
  • ENGL 4098 - Special Topics in the Novel, Post-1900
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Explores a special topic in literature written in, or translated into English, post-1900. May be repeated up to a total of 6 units for different topics.
  • ENGL 5239 - Fiction Workshop
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2019
    Designed to give students time and impetus to generate fiction and discussion of it in an atmosphere at once supportive and critically serious. Enrollment requires admission to the Creative Writing Graduate Program or the instructor's approval of an application manuscript. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours.


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