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    Beth E. Torgerson, PhD

    Associate Professor of English; Co-Director of English Secondary Education
    Patterson Hall 211R
    Phone: 509.359.6038
    Curriculum Vitae

    The Brontës, Harriet Martineau, Thomas Hardy, and Victorian Literature, Women and Literature


    Montana State University, BA in English, BA in French
    University of New Mexico, MA
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln, PhD

    Dr. Torgerson has taught at Eastern Washington University since 2006. Prior to that, she taught at Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL. Her book, Reading the Brontë Body: Disease, Desire, and the Constraints of Culture, analyzes the Brontës' novels, placing them within the larger historical context of Victorian medicine and culture.

    Recent Publications

    Reading the Brontë Body: Disease, Desire and the Constraints of Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005; reissued in paperback edition, 2010)
    "Gift-Giving and Community in Cather's The Song of the Lark."Willa Cather's The Song of the Lark. Ed. Debra L. Cumberland. (Rodopi, 2010)
    Rev. of The Doctor in the Victorian Novel: Family Practices, by Tabitha Sparks. Victorian Review (Forthcoming, June 2011)
    Rev. of A Brontë Encyclopedia, by Robert Barnard and Louise Barnard. Nineteenth-Century Literature 63.3 (December 2008): 417-420.

    Courses Taught

    Senior Capstone: Literature
    Literary Eras: Victorian Literature
    Major Literary Figures: The Brontës
    Major Literary Figures: Thomas Hardy
    The Composition Process
    Literary London (Honors Spring Break Study Abroad Program)
    Women, Literature, and Social Change
    Survey of British Literature III, from Victorians to Present
    Introduction to Literature

    Contact Information

    Department of English
    203 Patterson Hall
    Cheney, WA 99004

    phone: 509.359.6039
    fax: 509.359.6206

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