Washington University in St. Louis
Campus Box 1122
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
A Lecturer in the English Department, Bethany Daniels has a Masters in English Literature from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and currently teaches a range of courses from preparatory to advanced expository writing. She also teaches a literature course in the Freshman Summer Academic Program (FSAP) and serves as Consultant and Liaison on Second Language Issues. Working closely with English Language Programs (ELP) and the Director of Writing, she oversees course placement procedures and curriculum development for preparatory writing, and provides mentoring for new instructors on second language issues. Throughout her academic and professional career, she has presented her work at various conferences on literature and composition held by Texas Tech University, the University of Washington in Seattle, Sigma Tau Delta, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and the Conference on College Composition and Communication. Her teaching and writing interests include nonfiction, inter-textual literature, and composition theory and pedagogy.
Teaching And Writing Interests
Having worked with students from various academic fields, I have developed an interest in interdisciplinary texts. In Fundamentals of Academic Writing, for instance, we read Wit, a play that uses the Holy Sonnets of metaphysical poet John Donne to raise questions about the modern medical profession and our shared humanity. In my section of Exposition, on the other hand, we use metaphor to explore writing and language and read essays that engage with various academic disciplines, often bridging the gap between the disciplines. “Chimera,” for example, draws from immunology and neurology to explore memory, bringing “[s]cience and literature [together] on the same page.”
Teaching and Writing Interests
As an undergraduate and graduate student, she focused primarily on British Romanticism and inter-textual literature. As an educator, she broadened her focus to include composition theory and nonfiction. Throughout her academic and professional career, she has presented her work at various conferences on literature and composition held by Texas Tech University, the University of Washington in Seattle, Sigma Tau Delta, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and the Conference on College Composition and Communication.
- L13 100 Writing 1
- L13 1001 Fundamentals of Academic Writing
- L13 311 Expository Writing
- L14 141 Introduction to Writing about Literature