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Christine Sutphin

Department of English
L&L Bldg, 403E
400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7558
Phone: (509) 963-3433
fax: (509) 963-1561

Professor of English

Curriculum Vitae | Awards & Publications

Christine Sutphin received her Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in 1987 and joined the faculty at Central in 1988. One of her major teaching and research interests is nineteenth-century British literature, including traditionally canonical writers, such as the Brontes, Dickens and Browning, and neglected or recently rediscovered authors, such as Craik and Webster. She finds the British novel from its beginnings to the present especially fascinating and is intrigued by Victorian art, illustration, interior design, and popular culture. Dr. Sutphin has a wide-ranging interest in women writers and feminist/gender theory, including issues of diversity in U.S. women's literature. She has served on the Women's Studies Advisory Committee since 1989 and was director of the program from 1991-94. Her publications include journal articles on George Eliot, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Augusta Webster, and Victorian poetry for children illustrated by Arthur Boyd Houghton. In 2000 she published Portraits and Other Poems, a contextual edition of Augusta Websters poetry, and her scholarly edition of Frances Trollope's The Life and Adventures of Jonathan Jefferson Whitlaw (1836) was published in 2009 by Pickering & Chatto of London.


Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D. in English: University of Oregon, 1987. Areas of emphasis: Victorian literature, women writers, British literature 1900-1945.
  • M.A. in English: University of Oregon, 1985.
  • M.L.S., School of Librarianship: University of Oregon, 1978.
  • Bachelor of Arts, Eastern Oregon State College, 1974.


  • Professor of English, Central Washington University, 1997-present. Associate Professor , 1992-97. Assistant Professor, 1988-1992.
  • Adjunct Professor of English, University of Oregon, 1987-88.
  • Graduate Teaching Fellow, University of Oregon, 1982-87.
  • Reference Librarian, Southern Oregon State College, 1979-80.

Courses Taught at CWU

  • Eng. 105: Introduction to the Literary Imagination
  • Eng. 247: Multicultural Literature
  • Eng. 303: Principles of English Study
  • Eng. 307: British Literature III
  • Eng. 335: Studies in Women’s Literature
  • Eng. 451: British Novel I
  • Eng. 452: British Novel II
  • Eng. 410/514: Studies in Major British Writers: The Brontes; Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning; Jane Austen and Her Predecessor and Contemporaries; Virginia Woolf: Art and Politics; Slavery and Freedom in Nineteenth-Century Literature (connections between British and U.S. literature)
  • Eng. 499/599 : Rewriting the Victorians: Twentieth-Century Novels Set in the Nineteenth Century; Victorian Women Poets
  • Eng. 489: Senior Colloquium
  • Eng. 512: Introduction to Graduate Studies
  • WS 201: Introduction to Women’s Studies

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Publications & Presentations

Recent Publications

Scholarly edition of Frances Trollope's The Life and Adventures of Jonathan Jefferson Whitlaw, (1836). London: Pickering & Chatto, 2009.

Reading Beyond the Innocent Title: Home Thoughts and Home Scenes. Children's Literature: New Approaches. Ed. Karin Lesnick-Oberstein. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004. 5177.

Human Tigresses, Fractious Angels, and Nursery Saints: Augusta Webster's A Castaway and Victorian Discourses on Prostitution and Women's Sexuality. Victorian Poetry. 38 (Winter 2000): 511-531. (Published 2001).

Scholarly edition of Augusta Webster's Portraits and Other Poems. Peterborough, Ontario: Broadview Press, 2000.

The Representation of Women's Heterosexual Desire in Augusta Webster's Circe and Medea in Athens. Women's Writing 5.3, 1998: 373-392. (Published 2000).

Recent Conference Presentations

“Avenging Women: Frances Trollope’s Anti-Slavery Fiction.” Imagining Transatlantic Slavery: A Conference to Mark the Abolition of the Slave Trade in Britain and the United States, Chawton England, 2007.


‘Gothic Unnatural’ of Superior Black?: Dinah Mulock Craik’s ‘The Half-Caste and Nineteenth-Century Discourses on Mixed Race.” Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference, Eugene, Oregon, 2001.

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