Wendy C. Nielsen, Chair, received her B.A. in German Literature (magna cum laude) from UC San Diego and her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UC Davis. She is a specialist in European (British, German, and French) Romanticism, drama, and (women) writers of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. She has written a book, Women Warriors in Romantic Drama (University of Delaware Press, 2012), and articles on Boadicea; drama in British, German, and French Romanticism (including Elizabeth Inchbald); Olympe de Gouges; and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Her new project is titled Motherless Creations: Artificial Life in Literature and Culture, 1650-1950.
Prof. Nielsen has taught undergraduate courses such as: European Romanticism, Modern Drama: Ibsen to O’Neill, Literature of the Enlightenment Era, Restoration and 18th-Century Drama, World Literature, Modern European Novel, Science Fiction, and Pursuits of English. Graduate coursework has included: The Romantic Movement; Ibsen, Strindberg, and Shaw; Science Fiction; and Seminar in Literary Research: Methods.