• Native American Literature
  • American Literature
  • Creative Writing
  • Women's Studies

Caroline Woidat


of English

Welles 228A
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454

Caroline Woidat has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 1994.

Faculty Information


  • M.A., Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
  • B.A., University of Notre Dame

Publications and Professional Activities

  • The Western Captive and Other Indian Stories. Peterborough, ON: Broadview Press, 2015.
  • "Captivity, Freedom, and the New World Convent: The Spiritual Autobiography of Marie de l'Incarnation Guyart." Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers 25.1 (2008): 1-22.
  • "The Truth Is on the Reservation: American Indians and Conspiracy Culture." The Journal of American Culture. 29.4 (December 2006): 454-467.
  • "The 'Indian Detour' in Willa Cather's Southwestern Novels." Twentieth-Century Literature 48.1 (Spring 2002): 22-49.
  • "Puritan Daughters and 'Wild' Indians: Elizabeth Oakes Smith's Narratives of Domestic Captivity." Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers 18.1 (Spring 2001): 21-34.
  • "Talking Back to Schoolteacher: Morrison's Confrontation with Hawthorne in Beloved." Modern Fiction Studies 39.3/4 (1993): 527-46. Reprinted in Reading Toni Morrison: Theoretical and Critical Approaches. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 1997. 181-200.

    Awards and Honors

    • Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2008
Fall 2015 Classes

ENGL 336:
Native American Literature

    A study of works by representative Native AMerican writiers in their cultural and social contexts. The course will cover a variety of genres. Prerequisites: ENGL 203 or permission of instructor.

ENGL 443:
Wom&Lit:Pol&Prac-Text Recovery

    An advanced course in literature by or about women designed to offer new insights into gender roles, identity politics, sexuality, class, race and ability through an examination of literary and cultur
    al representations. Readings are informed by feminist theory and literary criticism. (May be taken twice for credit under different subtitles.) Prerequisites: ENGL 203 or by permission of instructor.
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