Elizabeth Womack

Assistant Professor, English
Office Phone: 610-892-1437
Office Location: Main Building, 312 E

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Elizabeth Coggin Womack received her Ph. D. from Rice University. Her research interests include Victorian literature and culture with a focus on urban poverty and women and gender studies. She especially admires quirky characters and depictions of nineteenth-century material culture, and for this reason, she enjoys the writings of Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, Henry Mayhew, and George Augustus Sala. Her current book project, “Alienable Things: The Secondhand Economy in Nineteenth-Century Literature,” examines patterns of secondhand exchange in the Victorian novel as a counterpoint to existing literary scholarship on mass production and material culture.

When not writing or teaching, Dr. Womack can be found strolling or biking through the city, digging through dusty antique shops, practicing yoga, or watching really bad television.

Recent Publications:

“‘A Pledge out of Time’: Redemption and the Literary Pawnshop,” Victorian Literature and Culture 40.2 (Fall 2012): 451–67.

“Piercing the Public Sphere: Pompilia’s Rupture of the Public/Private Divide in Browning’s The Ring and the Book,” Victorians: A Journal of Culture and Literature [formerly Victorian Newsletter] 119 (Spring 2011): 11033.