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McAllister Publishes Article, Book Review

Professor of English Marie McAllister

Professor of English Marie McAllister

Marie McAllister, Professor of English, recently published “Rhetoric, the Pox, and the Grand Tour,” which appeared as the lead article in the April 2021 issue of Eighteenth-Century Life.

McAllister also recently published a review of Itch, Clap, Pox: Venereal Disease in the Eighteenth-Century Imagination, by Noelle Gallagher, in Journal of the History of Sexuality.

Interest Meeting: Health Humanities/Health Social Sciences Minor

Faculty interested in exploring the possibility of a Health Humanities/Health Social Sciences minor are invited to a short exploratory meeting in HCC210 at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 20. We will be done in time to celebrate our new faculty at the LibertyTown AAUP New Faculty Reception at 5:00 p.m. that day. Questions: Marie McAllister at (ELC).

McAllister Gives Talk on Speaking Intensive Pedagogy

Marie E. McAllister, professor of English and 2016-18 Waple Professor, presented a paper titled “Performance and Improvisation: Speaking Assignments in the 18th-Century Classroom” at the annual conference of the East-Central American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.

McAllister Presents at International Conference

Marie E. McAllister, Professor of English, delivered a paper titled “Were Gentlemen Poxed Abroad? English Grand Tourists and the Rhetoric of Disease” as part of Encounters with Difference: A Conference on Travel Writing and Gender, held at Freie Universität Berlin.

UMW Hosts Eighteenth-Century Conference

The 47th Annual Conference of the East-Central American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies met at UMW on Oct. 27-29. Marie McAllister (ELC) served as 2016 Conference Chair. Program Committee members were Ben LaBreche (ELC), Betsy Lewis (MLL), Will Mackintosh (HIST), and Maya Mathur (ELC). Marie Wellington (MLL) and Richard Hansen (emeritus, ELC) served as registration volunteers. The nearly one hundred attendees hailed from institutions in Virginia and neighboring states, and from schools across the country. Events included a keynote address by Catherine Ingrassia of VCU and walking tours of Historic Fredericksburg. LaBreche and Mackintosh also presented their scholarly work at the conference, and Wellington served on the Molin Prize Committee.

The conference was supported by the Wendy Shadwell ’63 Program Endowment in British Literature, the CAS Dean’s Office, and the ELC, HISP, HIST, and MLL Departments. Special thanks to our student aides and to the many wonderful staff members from Events, Setup, Catering, Copy Center, Admissions, University Center, Parking, CAS, ELC, HISP, HIST, and MLL who contributed their knowledge and assistance.


McAllister Publishes Article, Book Review

Marie E. McAllister, Professor of English, has published “Ungovernable Propensities: Belinda and the Idea of Addiction” in The Age of Johnson.
McAllister’s review of Marilyn Francus’ Monstrous Motherhood appears in the current issue of The Eighteenth-Century Intelligencer.

McAllister Publishes Scholarly Edition

cover-McAllister-editionMarie E. McAllister, Professor of English, has published a scholarly edition of Ann Flaxman’s An Uninteresting Detail of a Journey to Rome.

Romantic Circles Electronic Editions, with which McAllister’s book appears, publishes refereed editions of British literature from the late 18th and early 19th-centuries. In 1787 Ann Flaxman set out for France and Italy with her husband, the sculptor John Flaxman. The comically-titled journal she kept during her travels tells the story of a female Grand Tour, something quite rare, and of an extended artist’s visit to Italy, something quite common. Her perceptive and entertaining manuscript, located in the British Library, has been known to scholars but never previously published. The Journey serves as an excellent introduction to English travel writing just before the French Revolution, and to the 18th-century international arts scene. It also reveals the challenges and rewards of being an atypically poor continental traveler and an aspiring woman writer.

Romantic Circles editions include extensive scholarly introductions and appropriate scholarly apparatus for texts edited to the highest editorial standards. They are published in TEI-compliant XML. TEI renders archival quality text for better preservation and future access. Dr. Patrick Murray-John, former Instructional Technology specialist at UMW, assisted with the coding. This project was supported by a UMW faculty development grant and a 2005 sabbatical.

McAllister’s Article Selected for Republication

Marie E. McAllister, Profesor of English, has had an article chosen for republication in Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, vol. 271 (2013). Entitled “‘Only to Sink Deeper’: Venereal Disease in Sense and Sensibility,” the article first appeared in Eighteenth-Century Fiction 17.1 (2004): 87-110.

McAllister Participates in Workshop

Marie E. McAllister

Marie E. McAllister

Marie E. McAllister, Professor of English, participated in the workshop “Liberate the Text! (While Creating a Publishable Digital Textual Edition)” run by 18thConnect and attended the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies annual conference in March.