Elizabeth Cantwell, Ph.D.

Teacher, Chair of Humanities/English
Yale University – B.A.
University of Southern California – Ph.D,

Professional Focus: My undergraduate degree is in English and my Ph.D. is in literature & creative writing. In 2021-22, I taught the full-year Fundamentals of Composition course along with two sections of Advanced Studied Gothic & Horror Literature & Culture in fall and two sections of Advanced Studies The Long Novel in spring. I also served as chair of the Humanities/English Department and coached Webb’s debate team. I consider myself a scholar of literature, with a specialty in 20th and 21st century work, and I have also worked hard over the past few years to become more educated about film as an artistic genre.

Scholarly or professional activities: I am an editor for the film magazine and website Bright Wall/Dark Room, and I have contributed my own film writing to many an issue. Writing about film is something I love to do, and it definitely feeds my own intellectual work at Webb as well. I have also published two books of poems – Nights I Let The Tiger Get You (Black Lawrence Press) and All The Emergency-Type Structures (Inlandia Institute) – and have been working on a third collection, though the pandemic hasn’t been totally kind to my poetic synapses.

Years as a Teacher: About 15 years, roughly half of those at Webb.

Grew up: I grew up in Northern Virginia. Totally a different state than Southern Virginia.

Favorite spot at Webb: The pond between the Webb House and Jackson Library!

Favorite music or musician: I really can’t choose between the Talking Heads and Fiona Apple!

Favorite book or author: I don’t know if it’s my FAVORITE all the time, but I sure do love The Haunting of Hill House 

Favorite TV show or movie: Jaws OR Twin Peaks OR Vertigo OR …

Saturday routine:Parent, Little League, parent, grocery runs, laundry, film journal work, parent, fall asleep