Mary A. Waters
Professor and Department Chair
Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department of English
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.
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
The Criticism Archive http://idhmc.tamu.edu/poetess/criticism/index.php
Major areas of teaching
Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Literature