Location: Bowdoin / Elizabeth Muther


Elizabeth Muther

Associate Professor of English

Contact Information


Massachusetts Hall - 303

Teaching this semester

ENGL 2600 / AFRS 2600. African American Poetry

Elizabeth Muther
African American poetry as counter-memory -- from Wheatley to the present -- with a focus on oral traditions, activist literary discourses, trauma and healing, and productive communities. Special emphasis on the past century: dialect and masking; the Harlem Renaissance; Brown, Brooks, and Hayden at mid-century; the Black Arts Movement; black feminism; and contemporary voices.

ENGL 1032. Maine Writers

Elizabeth Muther
Explores the wild and diverse literary territories of the state of Maine—past and present. Considers Maine’s multi-ethnic folkways, its austere modernisms, remorseless gothic landscapes, natural splendors and antagonisms, small town humor and naturalism, coastal rhapsodies and adversities, post-industrial regionalism, and contemporary urban cultures. Includes poetry, short stories, novels, memoirs, personal narratives, children’s literature, and urban storytelling by such writers as Sarah Orne Jewett, Edwin Arlington Robinson, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Robert McCloskey, Stephen King, Richard Russo, Elizabeth Strout, and Ashley Bryan.

Elizabeth Muther


  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1989

Teaching Areas

American and African American literature and culture; African American women's literature; the Harlem Renaissance; African American film and literature; contemporary ethnic American literature.

African American modernism; the Harlem Renaissance; twentieth-century African American poetry; contemporary fiction about slavery (neo-slave narratives); African American women's literature.