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Wendy Nielsen

Professor, English

BA, University of California, San Diego
PhD, University of California, Davis
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Wendy C. Nielsen received her B.A. in German Literature (magna cum laude) from UC San Diego and her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UC Davis and has also studied at Georg August University of Göttingen in Germany. She is a specialist in speculative fiction, European (British, German, and French) Romanticism, drama, and (women) writers of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. She has written two books, Women Warriors in Romantic Drama (University of Delaware Press, 2012) and Motherless Creations: Fictions of Artificial Life, 1650-1890 (Routledge, 2022). Her essays about automata and androids in the Romantic period; the historical figures Boadicea and Charlotte Corday; drama in British, German, and French Romanticism (including Elizabeth Inchbald); Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's "Faust;" the authors Olympe de Gouges, E. T. A. Hoffmann, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau; and pedagogical approaches to global Romanticism, "Frankenstein," and "Faust" have appeared in Studies in English Literature, Comparative Drama, The Eighteenth Century, the European Romantic Review, the Goethe Yearbook, and edited collections.

Professor Nielsen teaches 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, the Honors Program First-Year Seminar, and Critical Approaches to English. Graduate coursework has included: The Romantic Movement; Ibsen, Strindberg, and Shaw; Science Fiction; and Seminar in Literary Research.