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A.B., University of Michigan;
M.A., Boston University;
Ph.D., University of Connecticut
Area of Specialization
Creative writing, journalism, autobiography, ethnic American literature, drama, and playwriting.
Elizabeth Bidinger is an assistant professor of English. She completed an undergraduate degree in English and journalism at the University of Michigan, a master’s degree in creative writing at Boston University, and a Ph.D. at the University of Connecticut, where she studied rhetoric and autobiography. Her critical essays on autobiography have appeared in books such as Genre by Example and Sharing Pedagogies. She is also a creative writer; her short stories, “Crooked” and “Nice, but Not Famous,” were nominated for the Henfield/Transatlantic Prize, and her memoir essay, “Witness,” received an Aetna Creative Nonfiction Award. She is currently at work on a book-length memoir.
Professor Bidinger primarily teaches courses in journalism and creative writing, and she is particularly interested in autobiography and other nonfiction forms. Her research focuses on the rhetorical strategies of contemporary nonfiction, and her analyses have encompassed a range of genres. Her book, The Ethics of Working-Class Autobiography (McFarland 2006), assumes that works of autobiography are not neutral accounts of lived experience, but rather highly persuasive in purpose. In it, she argues for an ethical approach to the reading of memoir, in which an author’s representation of others is viewed as a construct that serves the author’s own interests.
Professor Bidinger is dedicated to preparing English majors to succeed in the competitive fields of journalism, public relations, publishing, and the media. She established the interdisciplinary concentration in journalism, in collaboration with the Communication department, and has developed numerous partnerships with corporations, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations to create a rich variety of student internships.
She is the founder and faculty editor of The New Worcester Spy (newworcesterspy.com), an online magazine with a growing readership across Central Massachusetts, which provides students with opportunities to write for a mainstream audience and to acquire valuable Web publishing experience.