Elizabeth Fow

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Deputy Chairperson

EMAIL: efow@bmcc.cuny.edu

Office: N-768B

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Phone: +1 (212) 776-7837

Born and raised in New Zealand, Elizabeth Fow immigrated to the U.S. in 1990 and has been teaching at BMCC since then. She completed an MFA in Creative Writing at Brooklyn College with a concentration in Playwriting but these days mostly writes fiction. Links to her creative work can be found at eafow.com. She is currently working on a book reapproaching Joseph Campbell’s masculine monomyth for female heroes in the 21st century.


Mythology in Contemporary Culture, Modern World Literature, Creative Writing, Composition


  • B.A. University of Waikato, New Zealand, Philosophy,1989
  • M.F.A. Brooklyn College, CUNY, Creative Writing / Playwriting,1993

Courses Taught

Research and Projects

  • Feminist Approaches to the Hero’s Journey

    Joseph Campbell’s monomyth described the heroic pattern that flowed through world mythology, but that pattern is described in masculine language and through male life stages. This is project is looking at that underlying pattern and its connection to individuation as androgynous and rethinking its depiction, thus dissolving the default that “real” heroes are male and “female” heroes an anomaly.


    • “The Play’s the Thing: Creative Writing and Performance for Critical Thinking in Freshman English”, Univesity Press, Banja Luka
    • “The Hollywood Lama” chapter in Star Power: The Impact of Celebrity Brands (a Cultural Studies anthology), Praeger
    • “Books Not Screens For Remedial College Writers” , International Journal of the Book
    • Links to short fiction and poetry and a full bibliography can be found at eafow.com,

    Honors, Awards and Affiliations

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