Elizabeth E. Tavares, Ph.D.

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR ENGLISH PACIFIC UNIVERSITY

As an assistant professor in English at Pacific University, I work with students to develop close-reading skills, to recognize textual nuance, and to consider modes of reception. I have taught a range of courses and topics, from surveys of British literature and Shakespeare, to film production, first-year writing, and fiction seminars.
  • Current Courses
    • ENGW 201: The Craft of Academic Writing
      A lower-division composition course that focuses on the fundamentals of college-level argumentation and research practices across the disciplines.
      MWF 8:00 - 9:05AM, Marsh LL5
      Click here for the syllabus and course website.
    • ENGL 323: Shakespeare,
      Text, Performance
      An upper-division humanities course focusing on the conjunction of print and original performance practices as it informed the life of an early modern playtext.
      MWF 10:30 - 11:35AM, Berglund 145
      Click here for the syllabus and course website.
    • ENGL 227: World Literature
      & Magical Realism(s)
      A lower-division Humanities course focusing on Magical Realism as a genre that interrogates what separates fiction and non-fiction, and the ways in which literature is an act of resistance.
      MWF 11:45 - 12:50PM, Marsh 201
      Click here for the syllabus and course website.
  • Upcoming Courses
    • TBD
      Description and links forthcoming.
    • TBD
      Description and links forthcoming.
  • Past Courses
    • Reform, Rebirth, and Rediscovery in English Renaissance Literature
      An upper-division study of the major works of the Renaissance (1485–1660 CE) exploring the question: how does a culture make itself again—see itself anew? This question will be explored via major movements in poesis and political though, as well as the changing representation of female and minority voices in England.
    • Vikings, Vulgates, and the Making of Medieval English Literature
      An upper-division study of the major works of Anglo-Norman and Middle English literature (673–1485 CE), whose production was informed by vernacular developments in religious life, commonwealth politics, and the rise of the individual.
    • British Literature
      A lower-division Humanities course surveying British literary history from the Medieval period to the 21st century.
    • Estrangéd Woods: Theatre
      and the Environment
      An upper-division Studies in Drama course exploring, in plays from a range of periods and perspectives, the ways in which performance constitutes an environmental act.
    • Word Limits: The Life and Times of the Essay
      A First-Year Seminar course, targeted at first-semester freshman who are supported by a peer mentor, introducing students to college life and the skills needed for success.
    • An Introduction to Film
      A lower-division Humanities course surveying technical and analytic fundamentals of film.