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Barbara Waxman

ProfessorBarbara Waxman - Photo by Rory Laverty
Morton Hall 124


Ph.D., The Graduate Center, City University of New York
M.A., City College of New York
B.A., Douglass College

Academic Interests

Barbara Frey Waxman’s teaching interests include courses on Victorian literature, George Eliot, writing about literature with literary theories, literature by women, and multicultural American literature, especially Latino and Latina writers, as well as autobiography of the cross-cultural/translingual experience. Recently she developed a course on the culinary memoir.  She has done two book-length studies on depictions of elders and later life and several articles on the topic, as well as articles on Latino and African American writers. She also pursues scholarly projects on the translingual memoir and the culinary memoir.

Courses Taught

ENG 205: Approaches to the Study of Literature
ENG 230: Women in Literature
ENG 337: Victorian Literature
ENG 340: Multiculturalism and Literature: Latina Writers and Latino Voices in American Literature
ENG 343: Studies in Noncanonical Literature: The Food Memoir: Tales of Family and Culture
ENG 363: Studies in Nonfiction: Multicultural American Essays and Memoirs
ENG 508: Studies in Nonfiction: Multicultural Autobiography ; and  Memoirs of Language, Food, Family, and Culture
ENG 560: Topics in British Lit: George Eliot and Her World
ENG 561: Topics in American Lit: Latino Writers

Major Publications

  • To Live in the Center of the Moment: Literary Autobiographies of Aging. Charlottesville, Virginia & London: University Press of Virginia, 1997.

  • Multicultural Literatures through Feminist/Poststructuralist Lenses. Knoxville, TN: Univ. of Tennessee Press, 1993.

  • From the Hearth to the Open Road: A Feminist Study of Aging in Contemporary Literature. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1990.

  • “Eva Hoffman’s Transition from Eurocentric Vision and Polish to New World Outlook and English, from Polish Girl to American Woman.” a/b: Auto/Biography Studies 22 (2007): 1-25.

  • “Food Memoirs: What They Are, Why They Are Popular, and Why They Belong in the Literature Classroom.” College English 70 (2008): 363-82.


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