English and
Cultural Studies

The teaching and research provided through our department focus upon the critical interpretation, social and historical context, and creative expression of literature and culture. The department cultivates the understanding and skills critical to participation and success in a complex, multicultural and global world.


Department Faculty

Adjunct Professors

  • Julie Allen
  • Mary Andersen
  • James Beaver
  • Stephanie Carter
  • Matthew Clowney
  • Matthew Ellis
  • Amy Foley
  • Jonathan Gibbs
  • Donald Holder
  • Kenneth Jolicoeur
  • Rebecca Karni
  • Sarah Kruse
  • Liliya Krys-Burhoe
  • Patricia C. Lange
  • David Liao
  • Karen A. Maguire
  • Sarah H Maitland
  • Ryan Marnane
  • Maureen C. Masse
  • Jean M. Plunkett
  • Jacob Richman
  • Erich Schumacher
  • Victor Wildman
Coughlin, Maura

Maura Coughlin

Professor, English and Cultural Studies
Faculty Suite F, Room 2413

Ph D, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
MA, Tufts University
BA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
BA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Ecology and visual culture; Environmental Humanities; French realism and impressionism; contemporary women artists; Modern art in Europe.

Ecocriticism, Art and Visual Culture of 19th-century France, Atlantic Visual Culture (Brittany and Normandy), Coastal Ecologies, Natural History, Women Artists, Artists' Colonies.

  • College Art Association
  • Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art
  • Provincetown Art Association Museum
  • Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment
  • Nineteenth-Century Studies Association
  • 2018, Merit Award
  • 2017, NCSA President’s Award
  • 2015, Merit Award
  • 2013, Merit Award
  • 2012, Awarded a Peaked Hills Trust Artist Residency, Provincetown, MA, June 16-30, 2012.
  • 2011, 2011 Bryant Student Choice Award for Excellence in Teaching, College of Arts and Sciences.
  • 2011, Merit Award
  • 2009, Merit Award for Research and Service

Coughlin, M., "Reading the Wrack Line on the French Atlantic" , Bloomsbury Academic.

Coughlin, M., Biotopes and Ecotones: Slippery images on the edge of the French Atlantic, Landscapes: the Journal of the International Centre for Landscape and Language .

Coughlin, M., Beachcombing, In the Middle, 2014.

Coughlin, M., Shifting Baselines, or reading art through fish.

Coughlin, M., Gephart, E. W., Ecocriticism and The Anthropocene in Nineteenth Century Art and Visual Culture, Routledge.

Coughlin, M., Van Gogh and Nature, NCS (Nineteenth-Century Studies), 2017.

Coughlin, M., Chapter 11 “Death at Sea: Symbolism and Charles’s Cottet’s Subjective Realism ” , Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

Coughlin, M., “Sites of Absence and Presence: Tourism and the Morbid Material Culture of Death in Brittany.” , Seagull Books- Enactments, 2014.

Coughlin, M., Cézanne and Van Gogh’s Quarries: Wasted Landscapes as Modern art, Cambridge Scholars, 2013.

Coughlin, M., Skull Boxes, Sally Promey, 2013.

Coughlin, M., “Place Myths of the Breton Landscape” , New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013. St. Louis Museum of Art and the Nelson-Atkins Museum, 2013. , 2013.

Coughlin, M., “Spectacle, Maintenance and Materiality: Women and Death in Modern Brittany” , Ashgate Press, , 2013.

Coughlin, M., Hasseler, T., Dalessio, W., Martinetti, A., Rex, N., Janice, O., Walden, E., Dean, J., “Roundtable on Teaching ‘Work’ as an Interdisciplinary First-Year College Seminar", Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies, 2010.