University of Virginia
Elizabeth Fowler is Associate Professor of English at the University of Virginia; she’s taught for UVa since 2000, including on the spring 2012 voyage of Semester at Sea. Her A.B. is from Brown University and her M.A. and Ph.D. are from Harvard; she was a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard’s Society of Fellows and an Assistant and Associate Professor of English at Yale before joining the faculty at UVa. Her specialties are poetry and poetics, and she is the author or co-editor of twenty-some articles and three books, including Literary Character (Cornell, 2003) and the in-progress The Flesh of Art: Poetry and the Built Environment. On the ship in spring 2016, she will offer a course on prayer that will investigate its variety and beauty and involve students in primary research at shrines, pagodas, mosques, churches, synagogues, and temples; she’ll also teach travel writing with a focus on World Heritage sites and learning to think about architecture, signage, and public space.