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Wendy Moffat
Associate Professor of English

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phone: 717.245.1499
fax: 717.245.1942

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Current research: 
I am currently writing a gay cultural biography of the modern British writer E.M. Forster (1879-1970.) The book, "A Great Unrecorded History": A New Life of E.M. Forster, (forthcoming, Farrar, Straus & Giroux) takes its title from a letter Forster wrote in 1916, when he confided to a friend that his secret gay life was part of a larger suppressed story of gay men's struggle throughout history. I use unpublished archival material, including letters and essays, to chart Forster's gay identity during the most important decades in gay history--between the Oscar Wilde trials in 1895 and the Stonewall riots in 1969. I have also interviewed many of Forster's surviving friends.

I have taught at Dickinson since 1984. In 1994 I received the Ganoe Award for Inspirational Teaching at Dickinson College. 

I serve on the editorial board of Literature Compass, an online journal for undergraduates. Here is the URL for their website, with useful and accessible articles :

Both my undergraduate and graduate work was at Yale University. I have published on modern British fiction, on Jane Austen and feminism, and on curriculum development and building community within English departments. In addition to my teaching at Dickinson, I have been active in the Association of Departments of English of the Modern Language Association, serving as ADE President in 2004. The ADE is a national professional organization with 770 member departments; it develops professional standards for college and university English departments and serves as a resource for department chairs.

In my teaching I encourage students to work hard and to think for themselves. My courses have a lot of reading. My mantra is "make new mistakes." 

Recent Courses Taught:

On Modernism:
Sexuality and Modernism (Fall 2006)
Sexuality and Modernism (Fall 2003)
Modern British Novel: The Modernist Moment
James Joyce's Ulysses (Fall 2006)
James Joyce's Ulysses (2004)
Bloomsbury and the Idea of the Literary Circle
(Senior Seminar)
Bloomsbury and the Idea of the Literary Circle (300 level)
Homosexuality and Modernism (Senior Seminar) 

19th Century Literature:
Jane Austen in Her Time (100 level)
19th Century British Literature
Jane Austen in Her Time (300 level)

Critical Methods:
Critical Approaches and Literary Methods (Spring 2006)
Critical Approaches and Literary Methods (Spring 2005)
Senior Writing Workshop
Critical Approaches and Literary Methods (Fall2003)
Critical Approaches and Literary Methods
Critical Approaches and Literary Methods
Freshman Seminar: Victorian London 

Fritz (left) and Archie (right)





Students in the Fall 2002 Senior Seminar

"Bloomsbury and the Idea of the Literary Circle."

Click here to see slides of the exhibit

In 1997-8 my family and I lived in Norwich, England, where I served as 
Director of the Dickinson Programmes in Norwich at the University of East 

There will always be an England: Rubbish bin in North London. Click the image for information on study programs in London and Norwich, England. 

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