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Winkiel, Laura

Associate Professor


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research overview

  • My scholarly work and teaching reflect an interest in modernist literature and its circulation within African diasporic cultures, including its impact within Africa itself. I am interested in questions of the performativity of literature, cultural exchange, cultural economies and ethics. I conceptualize twentieth century anglophone literature less in terms of finished works and ideas than in terms of their movement, exchange, and translation within transnational circuits.


  • modernism, global anglophone literature, British literature, African and Caribbean literature, cultural studies


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courses taught

  • ENGL 1230 - Environmental Literature
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2023
    Introduces students to the tradition of nature writing dating from Romanticism through realist and experimental contemporary literary texts. Students will study key terms and concepts related to the environment such as anthropocentrism, bioregionalism, eco-cosmopolitanism, environmental justice, deep ecology, and posthumanism. They will apply them to different literary genres toward developing critical analyses and environmental readings.
  • ENGL 2058 - Twentieth- and Twentyfirst-Century Literature
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Surveys the major literary trends in prose and poetry from 1900 to the present in the Anglo-American tradition of modern, postmodern, and contemporary literature. Provides students with a grounding in the major authors and motifs of 20th- and 21st-century in literature in conjunction with political and cultural changes across the periods.
  • ENGL 2767 - Survey of Post-Colonial Literature
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2023
    Surveys the development of literatures in English in former British colonies. Topics include the spread and adaptation of English language literary forms in Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, and the far new world (Australia and New Zealand). Students learn the causes of the dispersion and the motivations for the clearly different uses of English literary forms in the ex-colonies. Same as ETHN 2761.
  • ENGL 3060 - Modern and Contemporary Literature for Nonmajors
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2018 / Summer 2019 / Summer 2020 / Summer 2021 / Summer 2022
    Close study of significant 20th-century poetry, drama, and prose works. Readings range from 1920s to the present.
  • ENGL 3068 - Literature in English, 1900-1945
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2023
    Surveys major literary trends from 1900-1945 in the Anglo-American tradition, including the characteristics of literary modernism. Covers both prose and poetry, as well as the relationship between literature and history to the close of World War II.
  • ENGL 3078 - Literature in English, 1945-Present
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Explores major literary and theoretical trends in the Anglo-American tradition after 1945. Recommended prerequisites: ENGL 2102 and ENGL 2058.
  • ENGL 4039 - Critical Thinking in English Studies
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Spring 2022
    Concerned with developments in the study of literature that have significantly influenced our conception of the theoretical bases for study and expanded our understanding of appropriate subject matter. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours.
  • ENGL 4098 - Special Topics in the Novel, Post-1900
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Spring 2021
    Explores a special topic in literature written in, or translated into English, post-1900. May be repeated up to a total of 6 units for different topics.
  • ENGL 4820 - Honors Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2023
    Prepares prospective honors students to write honors theses. Focuses on sharpening the skills needed to write a successful thesis, including research techniques and the ability to evaluate and respond to secondary materials. Required for Honors in English Literature.
  • ENGL 4830 - Honors Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2024
    Students accepted to English Departmental Honors are enrolled in this course.
  • ENGL 5169 - Multicultural/Postcolonial Studies
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2022 / Fall 2023
    Introduces graduate level study of ethnic American and/or postcolonial writing in English, including relevant theoretical discourse. Emphasizes a wide range of genres, forms, historical background, and secondary criticism. Cultivates research skills necessary for advanced graduate study. Topics will vary. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • ENGL 6959 - Master's Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2022 / Fall 2022 / Spring 2023


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