Dorice Williams Elliott

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Dorice Williams Elliott is a professor of English at the University of Kansas. She was chair of the English department from 2003 to 2009. She has been awarded the Conger-Gabel Teaching Professor award, 2016-2019; Friends of the Hall Center for the Humanities Book Publication Award, 2019; the Shirley Cundiff Haines and Jordan L. Haines Faculty Research Fellowship in English, 2012; Hall Center for the Humanities Research Fellow, 2011; the W.T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence, 2010; Senior Administrative Fellow, University of Kansas, 2006-07; and the Mabel Fry Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching, University of Kansas, 2001.

She is the author of numerous articles and papers. She is the author of The Angel Out of the House: Philanthropy and Gender in Nineteenth-Century England, published in 2002. Her latest book is Transported to Botany Bay: Class, Nation, and the Literary Figure of the Australian Convict, published in 2019.

Her areas of research have been Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-century British literature and culture; Australian literature; the novel; women's literature and gender studies; social class relations; servants; philanthropy; and gift theory.

Because eighteenth- and nineteenth-century England was the site of the first industrial revolution and the center of a vast global empire, Elliott has been fascinated with the literature it produced and the cultural work performed by that literature. She has been particularly interested in the ways that gender and class were constructed in this intriguing period. Besides the published research she has performed, she has also taught classes or presented papers on Jane Austen, Sarah Scott, Hannah More, Charles Dickens, the Brontës, 19th – 21st-Century Australian Convict Fiction, Victorian mental science, the sensation novel, Anglo-Indian and Indian literature, Neo-Victorian literature, and narrative theory. She also routinely teaches the Department’s Introduction to Literary Theory and Criticism course.

Elliott earned her bachelor's degree in English summa cum laude from Brigham Young University, her master's in English and American literature from the University of Utah, and her PhD in English literature from The Johns Hopkins University.

She is married to playwright and professor Robert Elliott, who recently retired from the University of Kansas. She is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.