Elizabeth Louise Bowen

Elizabeth Louise Bowen


Animal Abilities: Disability, Species Difference, and Aesthetic Innovation in the Long 20th Century


Liz Bowen is a Ph.D. candidate in English and comparative literature who works at the intersections of 20th and 21st century American literature, disability studies, and critical animal studies. Her dissertation, “Animal Abilities: Disability, Species Difference, and Aesthetic Innovation in the Long 20th Century,” traces the intertwined deployments of disability and animality as sites of literary experimentation, from Faulkner to the Harlem Renaissance to contemporary poetics. Liz is the assistant editor of Synapsis: A Health Humanities Journal and the graduate organizer of Columbia’s University Seminar on Disability, Culture, and Society. She has published critical reviews in The Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies and Humanimalia: A Journal of Human/Animal Interface Studies, and her essay “On Outcast Women, Dog Love, and Abjection between Species” was included in the edited collection Animaladies: Gender, Animals, and Madness (Bloomsbury 2018). Liz has been the instructor of record for both writing composition and literary studies courses, including an upper-level seminar of her own design called Animal Modernisms. She was awarded a certificate in feminist scholarship from the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality in 2018.

Liz is also a widely published poet and poetry critic. Her first full-length poetry collection, Sugarblood, was published by Metatron Press in 2017, and her chapbook Compassion Fountain was published by Hyacinth Girl Press in 2019. Her poems and essays have appeared in The New Inquiry, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Lit Hub, Cosmonauts Avenue, TAGVVERK, and elsewhere. She is the editorial fellow at Public Books, and a poetry editor for Peach Mag. For further publications, press, and CV, please visit her website at liz-bowen.com.