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Dr. Bess Fox
Coordinator of Freshman Writing Program; Associate Professor of English
Contact Information

(703) 284-1568

Academic Credentials

B.A., Louisiana State University
M.A., University of Missouri
Ph.D. and additional study, University of Kentucky
Teaching Areas:
  • First-year and advanced writing
  • American literature
  • Composition and literary theory
  • Women writers
  • Literary nonfiction
Research Interests:
  • 20th-century American literature
  • Composition and gender
  • Autobiography
  • Literary journalism
  • Multimedia writing
Dr. Bess Fox joined Marymount in 2007. Her work in gendered writing encompasses both student writers and professional woman writers such as literary journalists Mary McCarthy and Susan Sontag. She specializes in literary life writing, studying the ways writers adhere to and challenge gendered models of authorship. She is currently working on a project tracing the effects of multimedia writing on concepts of authorship, particularly disembodied definitions of writing.

Along with Dr. Tonya Howe, Dr. Fox co-edits Magnificat, a Journal of Undergraduate Nonfiction. Magnificat is an annual publication of outstanding student work chosen and arranged by a student editorial board. Dr. Fox is also the faculty sponsor of Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society.