Dr. Madeline B. Gangnes



Assistant Professor of English
Co-Moderator, Mu Omicron Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, The English Honor Society


Ph.D. English, The University of Florida
M. Litt., Comics Studies, University of Dundee
B.A., English, University of Puget Sound




Dr. Madeline B. Gangnes conducts research and teaches at the intersections of nineteenth-century British literature and culture, visual studies, digital humanities, and book history. She is particularly interested in the imagetextuality of Victorian periodicals, especially illustrated serialized fiction. Madeline is the Assistant Editor of Studies in Comics  and the editor of SequentialsHer scholarship appears in journals and collected volumes, including the Victorian Periodicals Review, the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comic, INKS: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society, Studies in Comics, and Art and Science in Word and Image: Exploration and Discovery (Brill, 2019). She is currently working on a multimodal research project that approaches the visual culture of Victorian fiction using digital humanities tools and methods. More information about her research and projects is available at mbgangnes.com.


Dr. Gangnes currently teaches the following courses:

  • ENLT 120 Intro. to Fictionplus or minus

    3 cr. (CL)

    An exploration of the nature of prose fiction, its elements and techniques. The emphasis is critical rather than historical. The range of works and the specific selections may vary with the individual instructor.

  • ENLT 138X An American Yearplus or minus

    3 cr. (C:. FYS)

    this class looks at literature alongside the historical events that shaped it. Each iteration of the class focuses on a single year - for instance 1962, 1928, or 1984 - and discusses a range of novels alongside, potentially, short stories, poetry, drama, and films in their contemporary context.

  • ENLT 140 English Inquiryplus or minus

    3 cr. (CL)

    An exploration of fiction, poetry, and drama. The approach is inductive; the aims are a greater understanding of literature, and an introduction to techniques of literary scholarship theory, and research.

  • ENLT 242 British Literature: Romantic and Victorianplus or minus

    3 cr. (Area B-2)

    A study of the major literary works in 19th-century England: poetry, novels and non-fictional prose. The emphasis is threefold: critical analysis; literary history; social, intellectual and political background.


  • ENLT 270 Science Fiction and Utopian/Dystopian Literatureplus or minus

    3 cr. (EPW, CL) (Prerequisites: Grade of "C" in their appropriate EP, Level I courses, and an ENLT 100-level course which may overlap with a FYS.)

    A study of science fiction and utopian/dystopian literature that focuses on the literary devices and concepts highlighted in these texts. Both written and oral skills are to be focused on and enhanced in this course through the analyses of selected primary texts and secondary critical work.


  • ENLT 284 ST: Victorian Voicesplus or minus

    3 cr.

    Special Topics course. Topics chosen by instructor and can vary each academic year.