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  • ​Position: Professor of English
  • Department: English Language & Literature
  • Campus Address: Anspach 301C
  • Email:

Areas of Expertise:

  • ​British literature of the Long Eighteenth Century (1660-1820)
  • Origins and history of the British novel
  • Narrative theory and semiotics
  • Satire
  • Experimental fiction
  • Popular culture
  • Genre theory

William H. Wandless is a professor at Central Michigan University, where he specializes in British literature of the long eighteenth century (1660-1820). In 2006 he returned to writing poetry and speculative fiction. His verse appears in Brooklyn Review, Cincinnati Review, New Delta Review and other literary journals and will soon appear in Rattle. His short fiction appears in Realms of Fantasy, Supernatural Tales, Mythic Circle, and other extraordinary places.

Image of Dark Realms cover.Courses Taught:

ENG 101: Freshman Composition
ENG 134: Introduction to Literature
ENG 141: Comics, Graphic Novels, and Other Illustrated Texts
ENG 144: Monsters and Their Meanings
ENG 201: Intermediate Composition
ENG 234: Introduction to Literary Analysis
ENG 235: British Literature: Beginning to Romantic Period
ENG 236: British Literature:  Romantic Period to the Present
ENG 261: Masterpieces of Ancient Literature
ENG 262: Masterpieces of European Literature
ENG 294: Introduction to Creative Writing
ENG 321: 20th-Century British and American Poetry
ENG 324: Popular Culture in America
ENG 326: Literary Dimensions of Film
ENG 330: Mythological Backgrounds of Western Literature
ENG 337: Topics in Romantic or Realist Literature
ENG 338: Topics in Modern or Contemporary Literature
ENG 339: Victorian Literature and Thought
ENG 345: Studies in Authors
ENG 395A: Special Topics – "Genre Theory in Practice"
ENG 439: English Romantic Poetry and Prose
ENG 442: The British Novel 
ENG 460: Senior Seminar – "Cannibal Culture"
ENG 547: Seminar in Major British Writers
ENG 602: Research Materials and Methods
ENG 635B: Graduate Seminar in British Literature
ENG 636: Graduate Seminar in Critical Problems

Honors 321A: "Dark and Handsome" – Studies in Duality 

Degrees and Universities

B.A. in English, Virginia Wesleyan College, 1992
M.A. in English, Radford University, 1997
Ph.D. in English, Emory University, 2002

Recent publications

"Boys." Poetry. Southern Indiana Review 26, Fall 2018.

"Practical Anatomy." Poetry. Rattle 59, Spring 2018.

"Theatrics." The Cincinnati Review 15, Fall 2017.

"Doorways." Short Fiction.  Supernatural Tales 28, Winter 2014/15.

"Ostergaard's Lot."  Short Fiction.  The Providence Journal.  2 August 2015.

"The Finest Jest." Short Fiction.  Mythic Circle 38, 2016.

"Practical Anatomy."  Poetry.  Rattle.  Spring 2018.  Forthcoming.