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Karyn M. Valerius

Associate Professor of English


Degrees

PHD, 2000, SUNY Stony Brook Univ; BA, 1991, Villanova Univ


Bio

I teach courses in American literature, disability studies, and women's studies. I am directing Hofstra's Women's Studies Program, which offers an undergraduate major and minor, and Hofstra's Disability Studies Program, which offers an undergraduate minor and a concentration for pre-med and pre-health science majors. I am interested in how science and medicine, literature, film, and other forms of popular culture contribute to individual and shared understandings of the human body. My current research looks at gothic representations of women's bodies in fiction by nineteenth-century women writers. I earned a Ph.D. in English and a graduate certificate in women's studies from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 2000, and I graduated from Villanova University with a BA in English in 1991.


Teaching Interests

American Literature (including Native American Literature), Disability Studies, Women's Studies

Research Interests

U.S. Women Writers Disability in literature and culture Literature and Medicine Reproductive Justice

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
DSST 001 (IS) INTRO TO DISABILITY STDS Undergraduate
DSST 002 (LT) DISABILITY IN LIT & CULTR Undergraduate
DSST 198 HONORS ESSAY Undergraduate
ENGL 150 (CC) NATIVE AMERICAN LIT Undergraduate
ENGL 196D (LT) DISABILITY IN LIT & CULTR Undergraduate
HIST 177A FEMINIST ACTVSM & ACADM FEMNSM Undergraduate
WST 001D (IS) WOMEN, SEX & POWER Undergraduate
WST 103 THEORIES OF FEMINISMS Undergraduate
WST 197 HONORS ESSAY Undergraduate
WST 199 INTERNSHIP IN WOMEN'S STUDIES Undergraduate
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