Dr. Karen Beth Strovas

Dr. Karen Beth Strovas

Associate Professor - English
1900 W. 7th Street CMB 1300
Plainview, TX 79072
Office: 806-291-1114
FAX: 806-291-1987
Gates Hall Room 202A
Email: strovask@wbu.edu



Karen Beth Strovas, Ph.D., is an associate professor of English in the School of Languages and Literature at Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in writing and literature.  She also holds the position of assistant editor of Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, a peer-reviewed scholarly journal. She enjoys working in different areas of academia, dividing her time between teaching, mentoring, editing, writing, and engaging in interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary projects with colleagues. Her research interests include nineteenth-century British literature, women’s studies, film adaptation, and sleep and sleeplessness in literature and film.

Strovas completed her Ph.D. in English in 2011 at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. Other previous degrees she holds include English (M.A., Texas Tech University, 2007), and Violin Performance and English (B.A., Azusa Pacific University, 2004).

Outside of the classroom, she spends time with her husband (assistant professor of music history at WBU, Scott Strovas) and two children; attends WBU music, theater, and athletic events; reads mystery novels; and cooks and bakes.

Recent publications include the following:

  • “‘You must give up’: Gothic Detection and the Rhetoric of Protest in The Law and the Lady.” Wilkie Collins Journal (April 2017).
  • “No Rest for the Wicked: Immoral Implications of Bertha’s Insanity and Sleeplessness in Jane Eyre.The CEA Critic 3 (2016).
  • “Jhabvala, Ruth Prawer (1927–2013).” In Hollywood Heroines: The Most Influential Women in Film History. Ed. Laura Bauer. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood Press/ABC-Clio, 2018.
  • “The Vampire’s Night Light: Artificial Light, Hypnagogia, and Quality of Sleep in ” Critical Survey 27.2 (Summer 2015): 5066.
  • “Intertextual Confession and Purity in Hardy’s and Polanski’s Tess.” The Apollonian: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies1 (April 2015): 8898.
  • With Scott M. Strovas. “‘What are we going to do with Uncle Arthur?’: Music in the British Serialized Period Drama.” In Upstairs and Downstairs: British Costume Drama Television from The Forsyte Saga to Downton Abbey. Eds. James Leggott and Julie Anne Taddeo. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2014. 95109.
  • “‘Oh, my God! am I going to be ill?’: Narratives of Sleep and the Sickbed in Wilkie Collins’s The Woman in White.The CEA Critic 1 (March 2013): 2235.