Elizabeth McManus

Lecturer of French
Welles 3C

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

Portrait of Elizabeth McManus

Office Hours: Fall 2023

Mondays  9:30-10:20 am (Welles 3C)
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


  • EXPL 101: Geneseo First-Year Seminar

    This course is intended for first-year students who are exploring the college and academic majors. Student work will focus on four areas: understanding the Geneseo curriculum; identifying a major based on skills and interests; cultivating academic success by embracing good study habits, formulating strategies for engagement, learning to navigate a diverse and inclusive campus, and practicing healthy responses to stressors; and gaining familiarity with Geneseo's curricular and co-curricular resources and high-impact learning opportunities. Coursework will include self-reflective writing, seminar readings on success strategies, and hands-on work with enhanced advisement, career exploration, and goal-setting.

  • FREN 101: Elementary French I

    Introductory communication-based language course. Develops the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Intensive practice of real-world communication and cultural knowledge.

  • FREN 102: Elementary French II

    Communication-based language course. Continuation of the development of the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Intensive practice of real-world communication and cultural knowledge.

  • FREN 302: Introduction to Literature

    An introduction to textual analysis based on representative literary texts from France and the francophone world. The course covers principles of literary criticism that are central to the analysis and discussion of narrative, poetry, and drama. This course must be taken in residence.