I am at the beginning a new project that will examine female academics who are also athletes. I intend to study women from both the 21st and 19th centuries. I am interested in probing the cultural work done by these women and the response to them. My 19th century focus will be on British women; the 21st century focus could be global. My first book POSTAL PLOTS IN BRITISH FICTION 1840-1898: READDRESSING CORRESPONDENCE IN VICTORIAN CULTURE is due out from Palgrave, July 2013.
18th-19th C cultures, literatures; comparative studies; gender, sexuality; material culture; cultural history; Spain; Spain-Cuba and Spain-North Africa 18th-19th centuries; convict transport history; labor history and history of women’s work; fashion and costume history; Madrid; Iberian studies; Enlightenment; book history; translation; media studies; popular culture; popular theatre; prose fiction; European literary history; history of ideas.
My research and publications focus on 19th-century American literature and culture, especially women’s writing, manuscript culture, American transcendentalism, the history of women’s rights, commonplace books and scrapbooks, and scholarly editing.
American literature, 19th-21st centuries, Women and gender studies, William Faulkner, Barbara Kingsolver, Flannery O’Conner, Pedagogy, increasing awareness of the purpose of study in the Humanities, especially the links between the study of U.S. and citizenship and social responsibility.