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Professor of English



William H. Wandless is a professor at Central Michigan University, where he specializes in British literature of the long eighteenth century (1660-1820), regularly teaches courses in modern popular culture, fiction, and poetry, and writes speculative fiction and poetry of his own.

Notwithstanding. Alabaster Leaves Publishing.  Forthcoming, Winter/Spring 2022.

"The Cabin."  Kaleidotrope.  Forthcoming, 2021.

"The Hypothecary."  The Wondrous Real 5. July 2021.

"Promises to Keep."  Not One of Us 67, July 2021.

"Magic Made Easy."  Dissections, Spring 2021.

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

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 

I am a part of all that I have met; Yet all experience is an arch wherethro' Gleams that untravell'd world whose margin fades For ever and forever when I move.