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Division Chair, Humanities
Professor of English
Teaching at New College since 1995
M.A., Ph.D. 1993, University of California, Santa Cruz
B.A., with Distinction 1984, Swarthmore College
Professor Wallace teaches English literature with a focus on British fiction and on literary theory. Her scholarly expertise focuses eighteenth-century and Romantic-era fiction, culture, and politics, with secondary areas in Virginia Woolf, law and literature, and disability studies.
She has a particular interest in feminist and gender theories and related theoretical fields, and is a founding member of the Gender Studies faculty. Professor Wallace also publishes on teaching and pedagogical issues in journals from Feminist Teacher to ThirdSpace to a forthcoming issue on teaching 18th and 19th-century laboring class writers in the MLA Options for Teaching series.
Her 2009 book, Revolutionary Subjects in the English “Jacobin” Novel, 1790-1805, examined the evolving citizen-subject in late century reform fiction (Bucknell 2009), and was supported by an NEH College Teacher Fellowship. In 2012 she was awarded a Lewis Walpole Library Fellowship for her project on “Illustrating Speech: Depicting Professional, Popular, and Illicit Speaking.” The editor of essay collections and an issue of PMLA (the journal of the Modern Language Association) focused on “Emotions” in literature, Professor Wallace is currently writing another book on representations of public political and legal speech in late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century Britain.
Her regular course offerings include: Eighteenth-Century British Literature; Victorian Literature: Home and Empire; British Modernist Fictions: Haunted by the Victorians; Becoming Jane Austen: The Romantic-Era Novel and Women’s Writing; Romanticism and Revolution; Law and Literature: Rhetoric in Action (writing intensive); Literature and Psychoanalysis; Critical Theory in the U.S.; and Anglophone Feminist Theory. In 1997 she and Professor Van Tuyl (French) won the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Shirley Bill Teaching Award for a co-taught course on “The French Revolution in the Cultural Imagination.”
Critical Theory in the US: An Introduction
Becoming Jane Austen: The Romantic-Era Novel and Women’s Writing
Literature and Psychoanalysis
The Gothic Tradition
Restoration and Eighteen-Century British Drama
IN PRESS: “Thomas Holcroft and Literary Ventriloquism,” for Laboring-Class British Literature of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, MLA Options for Teaching Series. Eds. Kevin Binfield and William Christmas. New York: MLA.
“Legal Sensibilities and the Language of Gesture,” In Sensing the Law, eds. Sheryl Hamilton, Neil Sargent, Diana Majury, Christine Wilke. Routledge, 2017, 133-161.
“Women Write Back: Alternative Legal Rhetorics in Inchbald, Wollstonecraft, and Opie,” Women’s Writing 23.1 (February 2016): 68–86.
“Thomas Holcroft and the Gordon Riots: Romantic Revisionings.” In The Gordon Riots: Politics, Culture, and Insurrection in Late Eighteenth-Century Britain. Eds. Ian Haywood and John Seed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012. 163–180.
“Discovering the Political Traveler: Wollstonecraft’s Letters (1796) and Holcroft’s Travels (1804). Journeys 12.1 (June 2011): 1–21.
Enlightening Romanticism, Romancing Enlightenment: British Fiction 1750-1830. Ed. Miriam L. Wallace. Aldershot, Hampshire: Ashgate. 2009.
“Thinking Back Through Our Others: Rereading Sterne and Resisting Joyce in The Waves.” Woolf Studies Annual 9 (2003): 193-220.