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Marta Wilkinson

  • Associate Professor, Writing Across the Curriculum Coordinator, English

First Year at Wilmington College:



  • Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara (2006)


  • Antigone’s Daughters: Family, Gender, Expression in the Modern Novel. New York: Peter Lang, 2008. Print. Studies on Themes and Motifs in Literature. Vol 97.
  • “Victims of the City in Novels of Zola and Dostoevsky.” CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture. 14.5 (2012) Web.
  • Raskolnikova: Rodion Romanovich’s Struggle With the Woman Within.” Genders. 50 (2009) Web.
  • “The Death of the Living and the Death of the Dead: An Exploration of Self in María Luisa Bombal’s La amortajada and María Zambrano’s La tumba de Antigona” Hispanófila. 155 (2009): 81-92. Print.
  • “The Threat of Vénus, Monsieur? Rachilde’s vision of the artiste féminin, Creator and Monster.” Equinoxes: A Graduate Journal of French and Francophone Studies. Issue 1, Spring, Eté (2003). Web.
  • “Perverted Mind, Transgressive Action, Monstrous Body: The role of Theatrics and Costuming in Zola’s Monstrous Women.” Journal of the Consortium for Literature, Theory and Culture. Mind and Body: Proceedings from the First Annual Graduate Student Conference. Fall (2002). Web.


World literature, especially 19th-century French Literature, 20th-century Latin American Literature, and 19th-century Russian Literature; Emile Zola

Professional Interests:

19th century French and Russian literature, the role and function of urban space and family dynamics; 20th century Latin American women writers; the domestic space and magical realism; folklore and fairy tales; composition pedagogy.


Marta Wilkinson came to Wilmington College in 2006 having completed her PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of California at Santa Barbara. While at UCSB Marta taught courses not only in Comp Lit, but in Spanish and the Writing Program. Prior to her time at UCSB she also worked full-time as a high school teacher where her load included English, Spanish and French. This varied background and range of expertise inform her current range of World Literature courses which include engaging lower-division themes such as “The Hero: From Achilles to Zorro” or more theoretically framed upper division courses such as “Family & Nation.”

In addition to her courses in the English program, Marta also teaches many sections of Wilmington’s senior global cultures seminars (IDS425), focusing on art and literature as avenues into understanding culture and global relationships. Beyond the traditional classroom setting Marta has taken two groups of students abroad, first to France (2008), then to Italy (2010).

Marta is a southern California native whose educational experiences have had her move to France, to northern California and back south again, to Russia, and finally, to Ohio. She currently lives in Wilmington with her husband and two young daughters. When there is free time to be had she volunteers at her daughter’s elementary school, runs, draws, paints and enjoys watching as many live-action movies about comic book heroes as possible.