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113 Arts and Letters Building

Mary Ellen Bellanca,

Associate Professor of English


Mary Ellen Bellanca joined USC Sumter in fall 2003. She teaches, or has taught, the following courses:

ENGL 101, Composition
ENGL 102, Composition and Literature
ENGL 282, Fiction
ENGL 284, Drama
ENGL 288, British Literature I
ENGL 289, British Literature II
ENGL 463/ABUS 345, Business Writing/Business Communication
ENGL 412, Victorian Literature

Dr. Bellanca received her Ph.D. from the University of Delaware in 1998. A specialist in British literature and nature writing, Dr. Bellanca has published a book entitled Daybooks of Discovery: Nature Diaries in Britain, 1770-1870 (University of Virginia Press, 2007). Among her other publications are articles on the journals of Gerard Manley Hopkins and George Eliot and the poetry of Alexander Pope and Anna Barbauld.

She is also the author of a book and article about the beginning of rural electric service in Pennsylvania.

In September 2007, Dr. Bellanca received the USC Sumter 2006-2007 Outstanding Scholarship Award.


Ph.D. in English, University of Delaware, 1998 
Dissertation: “Shining Like Green Flames”: Rewriting Discovery in Nineteenth-Century British Nature Journals
Director: Barbara T. Gates
M.A. in English, University of Delaware, 1993 
B.A. in English, Western Maryland College (now known as McDaniel College), 1980




Daybooks of Discovery: Nature Diaries in Britain, 1770-1870.Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2007.

[Romeo, Mary Ellen.] Darkness to Daylight: An Oral History of Rural Electrification in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.Harrisburg: Pennsylvania Rural Electric Association, 1986. Pp. 152.


“Science, Animal Sympathy, and Anna Barbauld’s ‘The Mouse’s Petition.’” Eighteenth-Century Studies 37.1 (Fall 2003): 47-67.

“Gerard Manley Hopkins’s Journal and the Poetics of Natural History.” Nineteenth-Century Prose 25.2 (Fall 1998): 45-62.

“Recollecting Nature: George Eliot’s ‘Ilfracombe Journal’ and Victorian Women’s Natural History Writing.” Modern Language Studies 27.3, 4 (Fall/Winter 1997): 19-36.

“Alien Voices, Ancient Echoes: Bakhtin, Dialogism, and Pope'sEssay on Criticism.” Papers on Language and Literature 30 (March 1994): 57-72.

[Romeo, Mary Ellen.] “The Greatest Thing That Ever Happened to Us Country People.” Pennsylvania Heritage 12.2 (1986): 4-11.