Elaine Wood

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Elaine Wood specializes in twentieth century British and Irish literature, with an emphasis on modernism and experimental fiction. She is also interested in connections between literature and sexuality and between female authorship and embodiment.

Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • British Modernism
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies

Research Description

  • Recent research has focused on the question of parody in James Joyce's *Finnegans Wake*, on disability and desirability in Samuel Beckett's *Happy Days*, and on transgender identity and fictionality in Virginia Woolf's *Orlando*. Her dissertation focuses on sexualized representations of woman artists in British and Irish literature, 1920-1940. It considers what it means to be a woman artist and why female artistry is often rendered metaphorically as a sexualized body.


  • Bucknell University (M.A.)
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (PhD)


  • ENGL/GWS 378: Fairy Tales and Gender Formation
  • English 102: Introduction to Drama
  • English 109: Introduction to Fiction


Journal Articles

  • "Cript Sexuality in *Happy Days*." Forthcoming in the Journal of Beckett Studies 24.2 (2015):
  • "Parodic Romance: Joyce, Byron, and Sir Tristan in *Finnegans Wake* II.4." Joyce Studies Annual (2012): 263-272.