Ann Frank Wake

Ann Frank Wake, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair, English
Department of English

Ph.D., University of Michigan

Dr. Frank Wake earned her Ph.D. in English Language and Literature and teaches courses ranging from 19th century British (Romantic and Victorian) Literature, to literary theory, to poetry writing. A Rotary Foundation Graduate Fellowship to The University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England, funded a year of research and writing that helped her complete her dissertation on Mary Shelley’s fiction. This included the opportunity to work directly with the original handwritten Frankenstein manuscript. She annually teaches “Principles of Literary Study,” one of two gateway courses for the English major. Frank Wake has twice received the President’s Award for Excellence in teaching at Elmhurst College, and co-founded and co-directed the Intercultural Studies Program, teaching in the program whenever possible.

A former poetry editor, Frank Wake has published scholarly articles and book chapters on Mary Shelley’s fiction and Amelia Opie’s poetry, as well as memoir for a Canadian journal and book reviews for the Keats-Shelley Review and The Historian. She has presented at over 30 professional conferences.

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