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Elizabeth McManus

Lecturer of French
Welles 3C

Dr. McManus has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 2017.

Office Hours - Spring 2021

Mondays 11:30am-12:20pm
Wednesdays 2:30-4pm, and by appointment

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., French Literature, Northwestern University, 2014.

  • M.A., French Literature, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2005.

  • B.A., French Studies, Cornell University, 2001.


  • Modern Languages Association

  • International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts


  • "Illusion and the True: Arcades, Dioramas, and Irony in Théophile Gautier’s Fortunio.”  Nineteenth-Century French Studies. 44.3-4 (2016): 218-34.

  • “Protecting the Island: Narrative Continuance in Lost.” The Journal of the Fantastic in  the Arts. 22.1 (2011): 4-23.

  • Review of Pinson, Stephen C. Speculating Daguerre: Art and Enterprise in the Work of  J. L. M. Daguerre, in Nineteenth-Century French Studies.43.1-2 (2014-2015).        

  • “Looking Backward and Forward.” Review of Gothic Science Fiction 1980-2010, .  Sara Wasson and Emily Adler, inScience Fiction Studies. 39.3 (2012): 547-9.

More About Me

Research Interests:

19th-century French literature and culture, Fantastic, Utopian/Dystopian and Gothic literatures, the fantastic in contemporary short stories and popular culture, film, 19th-century British literature, 18th-century French literature

Other Interests:

  • Creative non-fiction
  • Film
  • Culinary and domestic arts from the 19th century to today


  • FREN 101: Elementary French I

    Introduces the structure and sound of the target language. Develops the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Culture-based readings and collateral laboratory assignments. This course is designed for the student who has never studied the language before. In general, students who have a one-year high school equivalency may repeat this course, but for no credit. Offered every fall

  • FREN 102: Elementary French II

    A continuation of FREN 101. Prerequisites: FREN 101 or its equivalent.

  • INTD 105: Wrtg Sem:What We Love to Fear

    Writing Seminar is a course focusing on a specific topic while emphasizing writing practice and instruction, potentially taught by any member of the College faculty. Because this is primarily a course in writing, reading assignments will be briefer than in traditional topic courses, and students will prove their understanding of the subject matter through writing compositions rather than taking examinations. Corequisite: INTD 106.