I enjoy teaching courses in Victorian fiction, women writers, Gothic, narrative theory, auto/biography, travel, and digital humanities; intersectional feminism and social justice are persistent themes.  In research, I have expanded my feminist and narratological studies of cultural and literary history in Britain and North America since 1830 into digital humanities and bibliography.  A continuing theme in my books and articles has been the reception history of authors and the construction of collective biographical histories, or prosopographies; this theme informed my first book, on historical concepts of a common life and a female literary tradition in George Eliot and Virginia Woolf, and it continues in my explorations of representations in tourism, museums, and biography. I have persistently worked across the boundaries of period (nineteenth to twentieth centuries), nationality (particularly transatlantic Anglophone), media and audience (word-image, novel and film, celebrity and popular culture).  My work in narrative theory has focused on life writing and the prevalent form of collections of short biographies (prosopographies), concentrated in my bibliography of collective biographies of women and the related book, How to Make It as a Woman (2004).  The annotated bibliography,  peer-reviewed as an online site by the NINES digital consortium, emerged, with the help of the Scholars' Lab and a Residential Fellowship in the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, as both a database and a method of interpreting biographical narratives with teamwork on tagging text. We can study trends in women’s biographies over time, particularly comparing versions of interrelated lives. In 2016, Oxford University Press published Homes and Haunts: Touring Writers’ Shrines and Countries, a transatlantic study of writers’ house museums and narratives of pilgrimage in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in which I further explore reception history, gender, and collective biographical representation. Since 2016, I have been Academic Director of the Scholars’ Lab, UVA Library, and have hosted two Feminist DH@UVA conferences with support of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. I chair the Faculty Advisory Committee for the new Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities.

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Department of English
436 Bryan Hall
PO Box 400121
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4121


B.A., Bennington
M.F.A, Cornell
M.A., Princeton
Ph.D., Princeton