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Lina Geriguis

Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Department of English


Lina Geriguis received her Ph.D. in English from Claremont Graduate University. Her teaching areas and research interests include Early American Literature, American Gothic, American Realism and Naturalism, Multicultural Literatures of the U.S., Edith Wharton, Disability Studies, Ecocriticism, Children's Studies, and Literary Theory and Criticism. 

Her in-progress book project, Cleopatra’s American Afterlife: Adaptations of Her Myth from Colonial to Modern Times, is a literary biography of Cleopatra's role in American culture. It examines how portrayals of the Egyptian queen in American writings influenced the formation of American ideas about racial, religious, ethnic, gender, and class issues, imperialism, physical and mental disorders, child development, and morality.  

Geriguis is a book review editor for two academic journals, Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal and Pacific Coast Philology.

Select Publications:

“Disability and the Poetics of Parataxis in Edith Wharton's Ethan Frome” in Teaching Edith Wharton’s Major Novels and Short Fiction, edited by Ferda Asya, forthcoming in 2019 (Palsgrave Macmillan).

“Rich in Pathological Instances”: Disability in the Early Reception Theory of Edith Wharton’s Ethan Frome” Edith Wharton Review 33.1 (May 2017): 57-72. The essay was selected for the “Edith Wharton Society Prize for a Beginning Scholar” in 2016.

“Ecology and Empire in Andrew Burnaby’s Travels Through the Middle Settlements in North America (1775)” Studies in Travel Writing 19.3 (Fall 2015): 187-203.

“Ecosomatic and Ethnocultural Pathologies: Ethnicity, Disability and Capabilities in Meridel Le Sueur’s ‘Women on the Breadlines (1932)’” Polish American Studies 71. 2. (Fall 2014): 19-42.

“Emily Dickinson and Social Class” in All Things Emily Dickinson: An Encyclopedia of Emily Dickinson's World, edited by Wendy Martin (Greenwood Press, 2013): 779-84.

“Beyond Domestic Grounds: Edith Wharton’s Shakespearean Glance in The Age of Innocence.” Pacific Coast Philology 45.1 (October 2010): 71-92. 

“W.E.B. Du Bois’s The Souls of Black Folk, Chapter 11.” The Explicator 68.2 (April 2010): 111-114. 

“Dickens’s Dombey and Son.” The Explicator  68.2 (April 2010): 104-106. 

“Discovering the Lithuanian Re-inscription of Robinson Crusoe” Lituanus 54:4 (December 2008): 51-75.