Dr. Shannon R. Wooden



Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

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Missouri State University
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897



  • PhD, 2001, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • MA 1995, Missouri State University
  • BA 1993, Missouri State University


  • English 200  Introduction to Literature
  • English 215  Creative Writing: Fiction
  • English 235  Critical Approaches to Literature
  • English 287 Life Stages in Literature
  • English 341  Survey of British Literature II
  • English 543/643  Restoration and Eighteenth Century Literature
  • English 544/642 Romantic Literature
  • English 512/618 The British Novel

Research and professional interests

  • British Literature
  • Literature and Science
  • Literature and Medicine
  • Gender Studies
  • Popular Culture
  • Pedagogy

Shannon R. Wooden (B.A. ‘93, M. A. ‘95 Missouri State University; Ph.D. 2001, University of North Carolina) specializes in British literature and teaches a wide variety of courses, from the Romantic/Victorian/20th century survey, to Critical Approaches to Literature, to upper-level courses in eighteenth and nineteenth century lit, as well as Introduction to Literature and Creative Writing: Fiction. From her dissertation work on Darwinian evolution and race science in Victorian novels, much of her research has had to do with literature and science: after teaching in social medicine departments and participating in a Narrative Medicine workshop at Columbia University, she has further focused on the intersections between literature and medicine.  Two recent articles deal with narrative medicine readings of Dostoevsky’s “A Gentle Creature” and Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, respectively focusing on empathic reading as a worthy goal for literary pedagogy, and, through medical paradigms, one performable with critical rigor.  She has also published on Victorian women’s sensation fiction, the 1990s film adaptations of several Jane Austen novels, Romantic and Victorian abolitionist poetry, and representations of gender in the Pixar movies; her current book project, with co-author Ken Gillam, analyzes postfeminist boy culture as represented by Disney-Pixar.