CCU Spotlights

Dr. Windy Counsell Petrie

Dr. Windy Counsell Petrie

Associate Professor of English
School of Humanities and Sciences

  • Ph.D. English (University of Delaware)
  • M.A. English (University of Delaware)
  • B.A. English, summa cum laude (Pepperdine University)


Phone: 303-963-3129

Professional Accomplishments:

  • Guest blogger for the United States Embassy in Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Fulbright Scholar, Vilnius University, Vilnius, Lithuania, Autumn 2006
  • Selected Publications:
  • "A Self-Reflexive Renewal of Realism: Aesthetic Developments in 21st Century Novels." Postmodernism and After: Cambridge Scholars' Press, 2008.
  • "For Illumination and Escape: Writing and Regeneration in 21st Century Jewish-American Novels." Literatura. 49.5 (Winter 2007): 103-108.
  • "Coming-of-Age Fiction." The Encyclopedia of African-American Literature. eds. Hans Ostrom and J. David Macey. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2005.
  • "The Shifting Self: Edith Wharton's Renunciations in A Backward Glance." a/b: Auto/Biography Studies 14.2 (Winter 1999): 204-222.
  • Selected Presentations:
  • "'My Christian Sisters in the North': Rhetorical Appeals to Christian Family Bonds in Harriet Jacobs' Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl and Harriet Wilson's Our Nig." Western Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature, March 25-27, 2010.
  • "Women Writers and the Shaping of American Literary History." 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Humanities, University of Suailiai, Suailiai, Lithuania, November 1, 2006.
  • "Resisting Readers and Resistant Subjects: The Roles of Scripture and Art in Addressing Class Conflicts in 19th century American Women's Fiction." Western Regional Meeting of the Conference on Christianity and Literature, Westmont College, Jan 21-22, 2005.
  • "The Cultural Marketplace and Women's Literary Autobiography, 1932-1945," Colloquium on Twentieth Century Literature and Film, West Virginia University, October 15-17, 1998.
  • "Papa's Statue in Zora Neale Hurston's Dust Tracks on a Road," American Women Writers of Color Conference, Salisbury State University, October 11-13, 1996.

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