Faculty Profile

Elise Levine

Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing (2013)

Contact Information


East College Room 307


Levine teaches introductory and advanced fiction writing. She also teaches literature courses focusing on the craft and forms of fiction. The recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, her published works include the story collection Driving Men Mad and the novel Requests and Dedications.


  • B.A., University of Toronto, 1989
  • M.F.A., Vermont College of Fine Arts, 2008

2013-2014 Academic Year

Fall 2013

ENGL 218 Creative Writ:Poetry & Fiction
An introductory creative writing workshop in poetry and fiction.

ENGL 317 Adv Creative Writing: Fiction
Writing and discussion of fiction. Prerequisite: 218 or permission of the instructor.

ENGL 337 The Craft of Fiction
This course will closely examine the tools, materials, and specific techniques used to create successful short stories and discuss The Masters as craftsmen (and craftswomen) in their trade. We'll begin with Chekhov and end with contemporaries such as Tobias Wolfe and Lorrie Moore. On the way we'll discuss the likes of Joyce, Fitzgerald, O'Connor, Cheever, and Carver.Prerequisite: 101

Spring 2014

ENGL 101 Literary Fairy Tales
This course is an exploration of the modern and contemporary literary fairy tale. We will examine re-inventions of the folklore and tales collected by, among others, the 17th century linguists and cultural researchers Charles Perrault and the Grimm brothers. In analyzing the conventions adopted and innovations offered by both western and non-western writers, we will consider how literary practitioners present notions of ‘Flatness’, ‘Everyday Magic’, and ‘the Sublime’. Works will include ones by Angela Carter, Margaret Atwood, Brian Evenson, Lily Hoang, Michael Cunningham, Neil Gaiman, Emma Donoghue, Haruki Murakami, and Sheila Heti.

ENGL 218 Creative Writ:Poetry & Fiction
An introductory creative writing workshop in poetry and fiction.

ENGL 339 Literary Fairy Tales
May include Renaissance tragedy, the romance, development of the novel, 17th-18th century satire and its classical models, or autobiography and memoir. Prerequisite: 220 or permission of the instructor.