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Janet Ellerby

ProfessorJanet Ellerby

Morton Hall 130


Ph.D., University of Washington
M.A., California State University
B.S., University of Oregon

Academic Interests

Janet Mason Ellerby is Professor of English and the Interim Director of the Women's Resource Center and Women's Studies Minor. She is currently at work on a new book with the working title, "Embroidering the Scarlet 'A': Birthmothers in American Literature."

Courses Taught

ENG 387: History of Literary Criticism and Theory
ENG 502: Introduction to Literary Theory

Also classes in Modernism, particularly Virginia Woolf and James Joyce

Major Publications

  • Following the Tambourine Man: A Birthmother's Memoir. Syracuse: Syracuse UP, 2007.
  • “Bearing Sorrow: A Birthmother’s Reflection on Choice.” Choice: True Stories of Birth, Contraception, Infertility, Adoption, Single Parenthood, & Abortion. Eds. Karen E. Bender and Nina de Gramont. San Francisco: MacAdam/Cage, 2007. 53-67.
  • “Untangling the Trauma Knot: Autoethnography and Annie Ernaux’s Shame.” Mosaic 38.3 (2005): 59-75.
  • “Emotion and Intimacy in the Classroom.” Tikkun 19.3 (2004): 62-64.
  • Intimate Reading: The Contemporary Women's Memoir. Syracuse: Syracuse UP, 2001.


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