Ellen Peel

Peel, Ellen
(415) 338-7036
Building: Humanities
Room Number: 333
Office Hours: 
Monday: 2:15 pm-3:15 pm
Wednesday: 2:15 pm-3:15 pm


Ph.D., Yale University; A.B., Harvard University.

Professor Peel teaches and conducts research in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century fiction (French, English); twentieth- and twenty-first century fiction (English, U.S.); literary theory and criticism (especially narrative, feminist, psychoanalytic, reader response, rhetorical); women's literature; science fiction and utopian literature; and surveys of Western and world literature. Her publications include Politics, Persuasion, and Pragmatism: A Rhetoric of Feminist Utopian Fiction (Ohio State University Press, 2002). "Imagining the Constructed Body: From Statues to Cyborgs" appeared in the MLA volume Teaching World Literature (2009). Recent publications include "Narrative Causes: Inside and Out" (in Narrative Theory Unbound: Queer and Feminist Interventions) and "The Conundrum of Feminism in Doris Lessing's Fiction" (in Feminine Issues: In the Writing of British Female Authors). Forthcoming in Storyworlds is an essay on "unnatural narration" (unconventional or nonrealistic narration) in feminist fiction. She is working on a book about the constructed body in literature and film. She has a joint appointment with the Department of Comparative and World Literature.