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About Linda Nicole Blair

I am a Teaching Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences where I teach literature and writing. I hold a BA in Music, an MA in English, and a Ph. D. in Modern British Literature. In addition to Modern British Literature, I am interested in literary theory and intersections between literature and music, including how these art forms create a pathway to deep and sustained learning in our lives. In 2017, I published a book entitled Virginia Woolf and the Power of Story: A Literary Darwinist Reading of Six Novelswhich examines the power of stories in human life through the lens of Literary Darwinism. Six of Virginia Woolf's novels provided the literary framework for this case study. In 2021, I published my second book entitled FemPoetiks of American Poetry and Americana Music: A Woman's Truth. The premise of the book is that women in America have been speaking truth to power through poems and songs since Anne Bradstreet's day. For further information about my books, see the publisher's websites which are linked in the titles. Most recently, my scholarship has been more public-facing. In the fall of 2021, I hosted a panel about women in music for the Words and Music Festival in New Orleans, and in the spring, I hosted a panel funded by a grant from the Labor and Solidarity Project at UW concerning the lack of equity and representation in the music business. After my conference presentation on for a conference in England (Margins 22), I was invited to publish an article for the ACM SigWeb Newsletter, a publication that specializes in digital teaching and learning technologies. I was also invited to publish an article about Virginia Woolf and Impression for a new online literary journal, L'Esprit Literary Review. I teach TCORE101, Introduction to Academic Writing; TLIT101, Understanding Literature; TLIT220, Literature and Music; TLIT240, Studies in English Literature; TLIT325, Medical and Ethical Issues in Literature; TLIT390, Varieties of Literary Criticism; and TLIT458, The Modern Novel. In 2022 - 2023, I served as Vice Chair of Arts, Media, and Culture, and in 2023 - 2024 I will be Chair. I am also a singer-songwriter with five CDs: Little Queenie (2016), Songs for Unsung Women (2017), No Limits (2017), By Your Side (2021), and With Any Luck (2023). You can listen to my songs on Bandcamp and on Spotify.


Present Senior Lecturer, University of Washington Tacoma School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

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  • TLIT220: Literature and Music
  • TLIT458: The Modern Novel
  • TLIT 390: Varities of Literary Criticism
  • TLIT 325: Medical and Ethical Issues in Literature
  • TLIT 240: Studies in English Literature
  • TLIT 101: Understanding Literature
  • TCORE 101: First Year Academic Writing


1989 Ph.D, University of Tennessee, Knoxville ‐ English
1982 M.A., University of Southern Mississippi ‐ English
1979 B.M.E., Mississippi College ‐ Music

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