Mary Waters
Professor and Department Chair
Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department of English
Lindquist Hall 620C
Wichita State University
Wichita, KS
Phone: 316-978-6456

Mary A. Waters

Professor and Department Chair
Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department of English

    Brief Bio

    Melba V. Hughes Professor and Department Chair Mary A. Waters teaches eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature, women writers, digital humanities, research methodology, and literary theory. Before arriving at Wichita State she taught at Holy Names College, UC Davis, Temple University, and Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany.

    Dr. Waters's research focuses on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century women literary critics' contributions to aesthetic debates that shaped British Romanticism. It draws on fields such as print culture and periodical studies, the emergence of British national consciousness, and the rise of literary professionalism. Her book, British Women Writers and the Profession of Literary Criticism, 1789-1832, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in the Palgrave Studies in the Enlightenment, Romanticism and the Cultures of Print series. Her edition, British Women Writers of the Romantic Period: An Anthology of their Literary Criticism (2009), also was issued by Palgrave Macmillan.

    Dr. Waters's essays have appeared in academic journals such as Eighteenth-Century Studies, Women Writers, and Nineteenth-Century Prose, and in books from Ashgate and Cambridge UP. She has presented her work at national and international conferences in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain. She is currently working on The Criticism Archive, a digital archive of literary criticism by early women writers.

    Educational Background

    University of California - Davis, PhD
    English Literature, 2001

    Major areas of research or creative activity

    Print Culture and Periodical Studies
    Early British Women Writers
    Romantic-period Literary Aesthetics
    British Romantic Nationalism
    British Literary Professionalism
    Digital Humanities
    The Criticism Archive http://idhmc.tamu.edu/poetess/criticism/index.php

    Major areas of teaching

    Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Literature
    Women Writers
    Digital Humanities
    Research Methodology
    Literary Theory