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About Ellen Bayer

My research and teaching interests center on Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth- Century American literature and take an interdisciplinary approach. My current book project draws from Narrative Studies to establish a new theorhetical framework for analyzing the representation and function of impressions in literature. While much of my previous work examined intersections between literature and the arts, my research agenda has shifted toward ecocriticism and environmental literature. One such project on Poe's landscape tales serves to bridge the gap between earlier work in aesthetics and a new area of inquiry into environment and ecology. My research and teaching inform each other, and this interest in pedagogy has led to several conference papers on new approaches to teaching literature as well as a forthcoming publication in The Pocket Instructor: Literature.


Present Assistant Professor, University of Washington Tacoma School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences