Ellen Mankoff has taught a wide variety of courses in the Department of English since joining the faculty in 1980. She has directed the Kenyon-Exeter program, was a member of the faculty of the Kenyon Summer in Rome, and she has also taught in the Integrated Program in Humane Studies. Several of her courses are cross-listed in Women's and Gender Studies. Her essay "Approaching Paradise Lost through a Reading of Milton's Sonnets" is included in the MLA volume Approaches to Teaching Milton's Paradise Lost (1st edition). She has a special interest in the poetry of Edmund Spenser and in early modern women writers.


1978 — Master of Arts from Johns Hopkins University

1975 — Bachelor of Arts from Reed College, Phi Beta Kappa

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"What art's for a woman?" asks Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Her question was echoed by many other writers throughout the 19th century, nonetheless -- or all the more -- a great age for literary women. This course will introduce major writers of the Romantic and Victorian periods, exploring the relationships between their lives and works, and examining issues such as women as readers; the education of women; the changing roles of women in the home, in the workplace and in the community; the growth of the reading public; and the gendering of authorship. We will consider relations between genres as we read fiction ("Gothic" and "realistic" novels), poetry, letters, journals, biography, autobiography and essays on education, travel, literature and politics. Authors will include Mary Wollstonecraft, Maria Edgeworth, Dorothy Wordsworth, Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, Charlotte Bronte, Emily Bronte, Elizabeth Gaskell, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Florence Nightingale, George Eliot and Christina Rossetti. This counts toward the 1700-1900 or approaches to literary study requirements for the major. Open only to first-year and sophomore students. Prerequisite: ENGL 103 or 104. Offered two of every three years.