Department of English
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400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7558
Phone: (509) 963-3433
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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.
- 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 335: Studies in Women’s Literature
- ENG 373: British Literature III: Slavery and Freedom in Nineteenth-Century Literature; Race, Class, and Gender in Nineteenth-Century Literature
- ENG 374: British Literature IV: Modernism and Politics
- 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
- DHC 140: Ghosts and Fairies in an Age of Science
- DHC 261: Slavery and the Rhetoric of Freedom in Nineteenth-Century Literature
"Ghosts and Angels in the House": Cecilia de Noel and the Search for Faith in the Mid-Nineteenth Century." Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies 12.1 (Spring 2016). Web.
"Very Nearly Smiling": Comedy and Slave Revolt in The Barnabys in America. Women's Writing 18.2 (Mary 2011): 214-32.
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).
“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.