Faculty Profile

Leah Orr

Visiting Assistant Professor of English (2013)

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East College 401



  • B.A., University of Washington, 2007
  • M.A., Pennsylvania State University, 2009
  • Ph.D., 2013

2014-2015 Academic Year

Fall 2014

ENGL 220 Crit Approaches & Lit Methods
An introduction to the basic questions that one may ask about a literary text, its author, and its audience. Study of a limited selection of literary texts using several critical approaches. The course will also offer instruction in the elements of critical writing.

ENGL 300 C.A.L.M. Lab
This P/F non-credit research course introduces students to research methodology for advanced literary studies. ENGL 300 is a co-requisite with a student's first 300-level literature course (except ENGL 339).

ENGL 359 Inventing America
This course will focus on works by writers from both sides of the Atlantic to examine the ways in which they used literature to grapple with the changing relationship between Britain and America and the formation of a new type of nation. We will also examine literature that explores problematic issues such as slavery, relations between colonists and native Americans, and the role of women in the new society. Authors studied may include Aphra Behn, Daniel Defoe, Benjamin Franklin, Olaudah Equiano, Phillis Wheatley, Samson Occam, Charles Brockden Brown, and James Fenimore Cooper.

Spring 2015

ENGL 101 Jane Austen and Her World
Close reading (formal analysis) of texts interpreted in the contexts (e.g., cultural, historical, biographical, economic, political) that shape and are shaped by them. Topics may include the African novel, early American literature, Caribbean literature, Shakespeare on film, the romance, the quest, images of women, 19th century literature, contemporary American fiction, and American Indian literature.

WRPG 211 Writing about the Past/Future
Cross-listed with ENGL 212-04.

ENGL 212 Writing about the Past/Future
Cross-listed with WRPG 211-04.

ENGL 339 The Gothic, 1764-1824
This course may count as either a pre-1800 or post-1800 300-level literature class, depending on the student's research. Those students who wish to earn pre-1800 credit must inform me before add/drop is over, and I will inform the Registrar and supplement and guide research accordingly. Students must satisfactorily complete the final research paper as a pre-1800 course to receive pre-1800 credit.