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  • Beth E. Torgerson, PhD
    Beth E. Torgerson, PhD
    Associate Professor of English; Co-Director of English Secondary Education
    Patterson Hall 211R
    Phone: 509.359.6038

    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

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