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.
- Threshold Modernism: New Public Women and the Literary Spaces of Imperial London. Cambridge University Press, 2018.
- “Nation, Ethnicity, and the Geography of London Writing, 1880-1940.” Co-authored with Matthew Wilkens. 13,000 words. Cultural Analytics (2018).
- “London Calling: Una Marson in the Colonial London Scene.” Virginia Woolf and the Common(weath) Reader: Selected Papers from the Twenty-Third Annual International Woolf Conference. Eds. Helen Wussow and Mary Ann Gillies. Clemson University Digital Press, 2014. 107-14.
- “Air War, Propaganda, and Woolf’s Anti-Tyranny Aesthetic.” Modern Fiction Studies 59.1 (2013): 53-82.
- “Two Paths for Women’s Writing in Modernist Studies.” Special issue on “The Future of Women’s Literature in Modernist Studies.” Literature Compass 10.1 (2013): 30-37.
- Ed. and intro, with Sarah Cornish. Woolf and the City: Selected Papers from the Nineteenth Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf. Clemson University Digital Press, 2010.
- “‘We Are Photographers, Not Mountebanks!’: Spectacle, Commercial Space, and the New Public Woman.” Amy Levy: Critical Essays. Ed. Naomi Hetherington and Nadia Valman. Athens, OH: Ohio UP, 2010. 25-46.
Department of English
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