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Caroline Woidat

Associate Professor

of English

Welles 228A
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454
585-245-5271
woidat@geneseo.edu

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

Faculty Information

Education

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

Publications and Professional Activities

  • "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
My Classes

Amst 201:
U/Topics in American Studies:

    This course will be an interdisciplinary investigation of major influences on and developments in American culture. Each semester there will be a focus on one chronological period, but a variety of topics will be covered. Such topics could include gender, religion, race, social movements and conditions, and artistic and literary developments. The course will emphasize student use and study of period writings and cultural materials; there will be guest lectures by faculty outside the departments of the instructors to enhance the interdisciplinary nature of the course. Offered once yearly

Engl 170:
The Practice of Criticism

    Introduction to the interpretation and analysis of literature, as well as to the abstract principles and assumptions that underlie all efforts to represent the meaning, structure, and value of texts. In classroom discussions and short essay assignments, students undertake critical readings of texts from a variety of genres (poetry, novel, drama, etc.), while examining how critical controversy emerges from the different theoretical commitments and preconceptions of readers. This course is a prerequisite for any 300-level English literature course taken for the English major or concentration.

Engl 343:
Women & Literature:

    An advanced course in literature by or about women designed to foster new insights into gender roles, identity politics, sexuality, class and race, through an examination of literary and cultural representation. Readings are informed by feminist theory and literary criticism. (Maybe taken for credit twice under different subtitles.) Prerequisites: ENGL 170. Offered every fall