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Elizabeth Battles

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Elizabeth Battles

Professor of English, Director of Wesleyan Honor Program
Polytechnic United Methodist Church 247

Courses Taught

  • ENG 1301 Composition I
  • ENG 1302 Composition II
  • ENG 2308 Professions of English
  • ENG 2327 Exploring British Literature
  • ENG 2328 Exploring World Literature
  • ENG 3310 Advanced Writing
  • ENG 3318 Survey of British Literature I
  • ENG 3319 Survey of British Literature II
  • ENG 3340 Literary Theory and Practice
  • ENG 3372 Argument for Professionals
  • ENG 4319 Topics in British Literature
  • ENG 4333 Studies in Literary Genre
  • ENG 4337 Shakespeare
  • ENG 4340 Senior Seminar/Portfolio


  • Ph.D. English. Texas Christian University. May 1992. Fort Worth, Texas. Nineteenth-Century British Literature & Theories of Literacy.
  • M.A. University of Oxford. 1990. Oxford England. English Literature and Language.
  • B.A. University of Oxford. 1985. Honour School of English Literature and Language.
  • B.A. University of Arizona. 1983. Tucson, Arizona. Major: General Studies (English, History, Biology).

Personal Biography 

Dr. Elizabeth H. Battles is a Professor of English and Director of the Wesleyan Scholars Honors Program. She received a Bachelor of Arts in General Studies from the University of Arizona, a Bachelor and Master of Arts from the University of Oxford, and a Doctor of Philosophy from Texas Christian University. She teaches writing and English literature, specializing in Victorian literature and Women’s Studies. Dr. Battles enjoys gardening, hiking, skiing and other outdoor activities. She is married and the mother of three grown sons.

Research Interests

  • British Literature, Medieval – 20th century
  • Women’s Studies
  • Composition and Rhetoric
  • “Evelina and the Novels of 1778.” South Central Studies in Eighteenth Century Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, February 2017. Salt Lake City, UT.
  • “Using Writing to Teach Literature.” College English Association, March 2017, Hilton Head Island, SC.
  • “Caves, Bowers, and Dungeons: Feminine Space in The Faerie Queene.” College English Association.March2017 Denver, CO.
  • “’It is only a novel’: Truth, Reality, and Realism in Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey.” 2016 South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Oklahoma City, OK.
  • “Bringing Global Perspectives to Student Learning Outcomes” 3rd Annual TCC Global Citizenship Conference: Think Globally, Practice Locally, October 2, 2015.
  • “It seems like I already heard these stories before.” : Myth in Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony.” SCMLA. October 2014. Austin, TX.
  • “Whatever Happened to Serena and Pastorella?: Unfinished Storylines in Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene.” SAMLA. November 2014. Atlanta, GA.
  • “The Appeal of Detective Fiction.” 2013. South Atlantic Modern Language Association. Atlanta, GA.
  • “Is Gulliver a Yahoo?: Human and Animal Nature in Gulliver’s Travels.” 2012 South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Austin, TX
  • “Fate and Fortune: Ambiguity in The Mother’s Recompense. 2011. College English Association. St. Petersburg, FL.
  • “The Ethnographic Research Paper: Students Learning About Themselves as They Write About Others.” 2011. CCTE. Stephenville, TX.
  • “A Good Story Well Told: Unreliable Narrative Voice in Trollope and Collins.” 2010. College English Association. San Antonio, TX.
  • “From Invention to Argument in Poetry Explication: Helping Freshmen Discover What to Say.” 2010 CCTE. Beaumont, TX.