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Faculty: Sarina G. Moore

Sarina Moore

Sarina G. Moore, Visiting Assistant Professor, English

Office: CFAC 286 (directions)


Educational Background

Ph.D., English Literature, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA; 2011

M.A., English Literature, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA; 2004

B.A., cum laude, English and Philosophy, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL; 1997


Composition pedagogy; British culture and literature in the long nineteenth century; urban architecture, discourse, and lived experience; Elizabeth Gaskell; the rhetoric of war.

Recent Activities

I am currently at work co-editing with two international collaborators a collection of essays entitled Place, Progress, and Personhood in the Work of Elizabeth Gaskell (forthcoming, Ashgate Press, 2014). Recent conference papers include “God With Us: Varieties of Religious Experience among British Soldiers in the Boer War” Evidence: North American Victorian Studies Association 2013 Conference (Pasadena, CA, October 2013), and “Teaching Customs: Thing Theory and Jane Austen in the Undergraduate Classroom” Customs: 18th/19thC. British Women Writers Conference (Albuquerque, NM, April 2013). I also enjoy giving informal talks to non-specialist audiences--most recently, I've had the pleasure of talking with the Calvin Theatre Company about their upcoming production of Oscar Wilde's The Ideal Husband and the Lynden, Washington Calvin Alumni Association about "Beyond Downton Abbey," a talk that situated the BBC series in historical and literary context.


Cooking, exploring Michigan, watching British television, attending our sons' soccer games, and sitting on the front porch talking with friends.

Favorite Books

Asking an English professor to name her favorite books is like asking a mother to name her favorite child, so I'll answer a different question--what's on my bedside table right now? Seamus Heaney's collection Opened Ground, Michael Chabon's Maps and Legends, recent Nobel-laureate Alice Munro's My Best Stories, and Eleanor Catton's The Luminaries.