Elizabeth Elaine Tavares

PhD Candidate & Instructor
Department of English
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Currently I am an instructor with the English department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I regularly teach courses in first-year composition, Renaissance theatre and early modern literature, introductory genres and film. Here you can find descriptions and sample syllabi, my statement on teaching and an addendum on technology in the classroom, along with a narrative of the teaching effectiveness of these courses.

Current Courses

  • ENGL 218: An Introduction to Shakespeare (E)

  • MWF | 1:00 - 1:50PM | English Building 259 | section syllabus & website

    A humanities introductory course for English major, focusing on the conjunction of dramatic rhetoric with original performance practices.

Courses Taught

  • An Introduction to Fiction | section syllabus

  • An advanced composition course for non-English majors, focusing on Magical Realism as a genre that interrogates the division between fiction and non-fiction and a locus for developing analytical writing skills.

  • An Introduction to Film | section syllabus

  • A humanities core course for non-English majors, surveying the technical, historical, and analytic fundamentals of film.

  • British Literature to 1798 | section syllabus

  • A humanities introductory course for English majors, surveying the entirety of British literary history, from the medieval period through the long eighteenth century.

  • The Principles of Composition | section syllabus

  • An introductory composition course for non-English majors, focusing on fundamentals of college-level composition and research practices.

Courses Prepared to Teach

  • Renaissance Literature and Culture | section syllabus

  • A humanities course surveying the literary and historical milieu of social, religious, and political upheavals of the English Renaissance, and which fulfills the Literature and the Arts and Western Comparative Culture requirements.

  • An Introduction to Drama

  • A humanities course surveying the history of dramatic form, its major genres and traditions, from ancient Greek to the contemporary theatre. This course includes an especial emphasis on performance studies methodology in its written components.

  • An Introduction to the Study of Literature

  • The initial course in the English-major sequence, focusing on the practice of constructing analytic and critical literary arguments across genres and historical periods.
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(217) 300-4253
240 English Building

Office hours will be from 12:00 - 1:00 Wednesday afternoons and by appointment for the Spring 2015 term.