Maura Dunst

Lecturer, University of Wisconsin – Stout
English and Philosophy Department
College of Arts, Communications, Humanities and Social Sciences

Office: 319 Callahan Hall
Phone: 715-232-1344

Brief Biography

Book club leader for Spring Valley Library, violinist for the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts shows, consultant for Menomonie Theater Guild productions.

Research Interests: 19thC British literature, Victorian literature and culture, women’s writing, Britain in the 1890s, New Woman Fiction, music and/in literature, gender studies, Elizabeth Gaskell, George Egerton.


    • Ph D English
      Cardiff University*
    • MA English
      University of Exeter
    • MA English
      University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
      Eau Claire, WI, United States, 2009
    • Bachelor of Journalism TV news writing and producing
      University of Missouri

Licensures and Certifications

  • Learning to Teach in Higher Education: Cardiff University
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Research Training: University of Hull

Work Experience

    Academic - Post-Secondary

      • University of Wisconsin – Stout, Department of English and Philosophy
        2013 -
      • Cardiff University, English Department
        Recitation Instructor
        2012 - 2013
      • University of Hull, English Department
        Recitation Instructor
        2011 - 2012
      • University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, English Department

        2008 - 2009

Intellectual Contributions

    Journal Article

    • Dunst, M. (2014). He, watching over Morningquest: The Chime’s Musical Performance in Sarah Grand’s The Heavenly Twins. Interdisciplinary Literary Studies, 16(2), 348-365.
    • Dunst, M. (2014). Reading Music, Composing Literature: Melopoetic Composition in George Egerton’s Keynotes and Discords. Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, 10(3), 18-42.
    • Dunst, M. (2012). ‘Speak on, desolate mother!’: Elizabeth Gaskell’s Isolated (M)others. The Gaskell Journal , 25, 51-69.

    Book Review

    • Dunst, M. (2012). Documenting First Wave Feminisms. University of Toronto Quarterly “Letters in Canada 2012”, 83(2).

    Encyclopedia Article

    • Dunst, M. (2012). Mona Caird. The Literary Encyclopedia.



    • Dunst, M. (June, 2013). Reading Music, Composing Literature: Melopoetic Composition in George Egerton’s Keynotes and Discords. Ninth Biennial Conference on Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain,
    • Dunst, M. (April 10, 2013). ‘Creatures of Mr. Oscar Wilde's fancy’: John Lane, the Wilde trials, and the Rise and Fall of George Egerton. Transgressions, Trespassing, and Taboo in the Long Nineteenth-Century, Cardiff, United Kingdom.
    • Dunst, M. (March, 2013). ‘Because she could not tell the truth’: Creative Control and Autobiographical Autonomy in New Woman Fiction. Writing Life Postgraduate Symposium, Msida, Malta.
    • Dunst, M. (September, 2012). Music, Morals, and Money: The Value(s) of George Moore and George du Maurier’s Prima Donnas. BAVS Conference, Sheffield, United Kingdom.
    • Dunst, M. (June, 2012). Depraved Demon or Sexless Spinster?: Sex and the New Woman in Late Victorian England. Taking Liberties: Sex, Pleasure Coercion (1848-1928), Newcastle, United Kingdom.
    • Dunst, M. (May, 2012). ‘What does the music rouse inside that frail frame?’: Music’s Effect on Female Auditors in New Woman Fiction. Literature and Music, Sibiu, Romania.
    • Dunst, M. (May 30, 2012). The Forgotten ‘Queen of Bath’: Remembering Author/Mayoress Madame Sarah Grand. General University Lecture Programme (GULP),
    • Dunst, M. (September, 2011). ‘Rebel Music’: Female Composers and Composition in New Woman Fiction. BAVS Conference, Birmingham, United Kingdom.
    • Dunst, M. (November, 2008). Voluntary Confinement: Gender and Class Restrictions in Rebecca West’s The Return of the Soldier. Midwest Modern Language Association Conference, Minneapolis, MN, United States.
    • Dunst, M. (March, 2008). ’A warning, or a promise’: Mendelssohn’s ‘He, watching over Israel’ in Sarah Grand’s The Heavenly Twins. Red River Graduate Student Conference, Fargo, ND, United States.

Grants, Contracts, and Sponsored Research


    • Dunst, M. MLA Convention Travel Grant. (Funded).
    • Dunst, M. Funds for Women Graduates Foundation Grant. (Funded).
    • Dunst, M. Carl Baron Scholar. Sponsored by Bath Library (Funded).
    • Dunst, M. Travel grant. (Funded).
    • Dunst, M. Travel grant. (Funded).

Awards, Fellowships, Honors, and Scholarships


    • International Tuition Fees Waiver, Cardiff University (2012)
    • Overseas Research Studentship, University of Hull (2010)
    • International Master’s Degree Full-Fee Scholarship, University of Exeter (2009)


    • English Department nominee for Outstanding Graduate Student, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (UWEC) (2009)


    • English Department Graduate Assistantship, UWEC (2007)

Professional Memberships

  • Modern Language Association (MLA)
  • British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS)
  • North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA)


    Department / School

    • Committee Member, Infusing Diversity Across the Curriculum Program (2014 - 2015)
    • Committee Member, UW-Stout PR Committee (2014 - 2015)
    • Committee Member, English Literature Committee (2013 - 2014)
    • Committee Member, First-Year Composition Committee (2013 - 2014)
    • Committee Member, Harvey Hall Centennial Planning Committee (2013 - 2014)
    • discussion leader, Honors Colloquium (2013 - 2014)
    • Committee Member, English Literature Board of Studies (2012 - 2013)
    • Committee Member, School Education Committee (2012 - 2013)
    • Representative, Postgraduate Research Course (2011 - 2012)
    • member and secretary, Student-Staff Committee (2011 - 2012)
    • Organizer, English Department Postgraduate Open Day (December 11,2011 - February 29, 2012)
    • Librarian, English Department Library (2008 - 2009)
    • Committee Member, Graduate Executive Committee (2008 - 2009)
    • Committee Member, Media Resources Committee (2008 - 2009)
    • Editor, The Afterword (2007 - 2008)