Elizabeth F. Evans


Visiting Assistant Professor of English
Concurrent Faculty in Gender Studies

Specialties: Late 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-century British and Anglophone literature; modernist studies; postcolonial theory; gender studies; spatial theory and cultural geography

Degrees: BA, The University of Puget Sound; MA and PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Postgraduate Research Fellow, the University of Warwick

I work on British and Anglophone literature of the long twentieth century. I am the author of Threshold Modernism: New Public Women and the Literary Spaces of Imperial London (Cambridge University Press, 2018), which examines gendered identities and transitional spaces in British and colonial narratives from the late nineteenth century through the 1930s. In this book, I argue that writing of the era (from B. M. Malabari to Virginia Woolf) was shaped by widespread contemporary debates about women’s increasing public presence as workers and pleasure seekers in the city. I continue my study of gender, race, and urban space in two ongoing projects. One examines the role of urban green spaces in the work of early twentieth-century immigrants of color, particularly Markino Yoshio, a Japanese artist and writer, and the Egyptian editor, writer, and anti-imperial activist Duse Mohamed Ali. The other, carried out in partnership with the NEH-sponsored Textual Geographies project, uses computational methods to map London’s cultural geography across a corpus of over 10,000 digitized literary texts.

I have also begun work on a book about air power and aerial views in British and Anglophone writing. The invention of the airplane transformed the possibilities for communication and travel, but it also introduced new modes of warfare and imperial control. In this project, I explore how the airplane held in tension new ways of seeing others: freedom from the limitations of earth-bound, parochial perspectives and a dangerous sense of mastery derived from a view from above. I am the coeditor of Woolf and the City (2010) and have published in Modern Fiction Studies, Literature Compass, and Cultural Analytics as well as in edited collections on Amy Levy, George Gissing, and Virginia Woolf. I serve on the advisory committees of the International Virginia Woolf Society and of the Space Between Society: Literature and Culture, 1914-1945.

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Contact Information:
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(574) 631-5875

Mailing Address:
Department of English
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Notre Dame, IN 46556