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Elizabeth Foley O’Connor

Assistant Professor of English, Director: Gender Studies Program

Elizabeth Foley O’Connor is an Assistant Professor of English at Washington College where she teaches classes in modernism, twentieth century British literature, postcolonial literature, and journalism.


Her article, “‘We Disgruntled Devils Don’t Please Anyone: Pamela Colman Smith, The Green Sheaf, and Female Literary Networks,” was published in February 2016 by The South Carolina Review. It was peer-reviewed. In May 2015 her essay, “Pamela Colman Smith’s Performative Primitivism” appeared in Caribbean Irish Connections: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, edited by Allison Donell, Maria McGarrity, and Evelyn O’Callaghan. The collection was jointly published by the University of Cork Press and the University of the West Indies Press. It was peer-reviewed. In June 2015, “Kate O’Brien, James Joyce, and ‘the Lonely Genius,’” was included in Joycean Legacies volume edited by Martha Carpentier and published by Palgrave Macmillan’s Irish Studies line. It was peer-reviewed.


 O’Connor’s current book project is centered on the early twentieth century artist, poet, editor, publisher and folklorist, Pamela Colman Smith who stood at the center of several different strands of modernism in the early 20th century before fading into obscurity. It is currently under contract with Clemson University Press and Liverpool University Press.


She has published other essays on Jean Rhys, Ford Madox Ford, and fin de siecle little magazines. Her reviews have appeared in the James Joyce Quarterly, the Joyce Studies Annual, and the Woolf Studies Annual.


At Washington College, O’Connor is the Internship Coordinator for the English department, is a faculty panelist for the College’s Honor Board, and is the treasurer of Phi Beta Kappa.


O’Connor earned her Ph.D. in British and American modernism in the fall of 2011 at Fordham University and taught for two years as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Marist College in Poughkeepsie.


Originally from Long Island, O’Connor lived in New York City for many years before moving to Chestertown with her husband and young son in the summer of 2013. In her spare time, she likes to go on nature hikes with her family, work in her garden, and do yoga.


B.A., Hofstra University, 2000

M.A., Stony Brook University, 2003

Ph.D., Fordham University, 2012


Additional Publications

Review of In Bed With Ulysses (Dirs. Alan Adelson and Kate Taverna) James Joyce Quarterly. 49.2 (Forthcoming  September 2013).

“Beyond Vengeance: Ford’s When the Wicked Man as a Writerly Response to Jean Rhys.” Ford Madox Ford and America, Vol. 11. Edited by Sarah Haslam and Seamus O’Malley. Rodopi, September 2012.

Essay Review of Janine Utell, James Joyce and the Revolt of Love. Joyce Studies Annual, 10 (2011): 214-22.

Review of Lesley McDowell, Between the Sheets: Nine 20th-Century Women Writers and Their Famous Literary Partnerships. Ford Madox Ford Newsletter, May 2011

Jean Rhys’s Quartet: A Re-Inscription of Ford’s The Good Soldier.” Ford Madox Ford, Modernist Magazines and Editing,. Vol. 9. edited by Jason Harding. Rodopi, 2010.

“‘A Splendid Forlorn Hope’: Fin-de-Siècle Little Magazines, Modernism, and the Public  Sphere.” Origins of English Literary Modernism, 1870-1914, edited by Gregory Tague. Academica Press, 2008.

Review of Palgrave Advances in Virginia Woolf  Studies. Ed. Anna Snaith. Woolf Studies Annual 14(2008).

“Chambers’ (Edinburgh) Journal,” “Family Herald,” “Pearson’s Magazine,” and “Vanity Fair,” Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism. Eds. Laurel Brake and Marysa Demoor. London: British Library, 2009.


Research & Teaching Interests

Twentieth-Century British Literature

Modernism and Modernist Cinema

Postcolonial and Colonial Studies

History of the British Novel

Irish Culture and Literature

Urbanism and the City

Theories of Vision and Perception

Feminist and Gender Studies

Fin-de-Siècle Little Magazines and Modernist Print Culture