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Bayer, Ellen M., Ph.D.




English, Asbury Hall, Room 20
Greencastle, IN


Assistant Professor of English

Ellen Bayer received her Ph. D. in American Literature from Purdue University. Her dissertation, "Brooding Reflection": Redefining the Literary Impression in Henry James and Kate Chopin," establishes a new theorhetical framework for analyzing the representation and function of impressions in literature. She has given papers that stem from this project at the Midwest Modern Language Association Conference, and she is preparing an article-length version of her chapter on James for consideration at The Henry James Review. Her current research interests have shifted toward ecocriticism and environmental literature, and she is developing an article on Poe's landscape tales that bridges the gap between aesthetics and the environment. Her work in ecocriticism has also sparked an interest in human/animal studies, and she has written several reviews for Humanimalia. Her interest in pedagogy has led to several conference papers on new approaches to teaching environmental literature, and her guidelines for a classroom activity are forthcoming in The Pocket Instructor: Literature. At DePauw, in addition to introductory composition and literature courses, she teaches speacial topics courses, such as "American Literature and the Environment" and "American Literature of Place;" the upper-division American literature courses, "Revolution and Renaissance" and "The Age of Realism;" and the First-Year Seminars "The Ethics of Food" and "Into the Wild." She also serves as a Mentor to DePauw's New York Posse Scholars, class of 2016, and as an advisor to the DePauw Campus Cat Allies.