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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 literature and critical theory. Her scholarly expertise focuses on eighteenth-century and Romantic-era fiction, culture, and politics, with secondary areas in Virginia Woolf, law and literature, and health humanities/disability studies. She has particular interest in feminist and gender theories and related theoretical fields, and is a founding member of the Gender Studies faculty.
Professor Wallace is the author of Revolutionary Subjects in the English “Jacobin” Novel, 1790-1805, which examined the evolving citizen-subject in late century radical British fiction, completed with the support of an NEH College Teacher Fellowship. She coordinated a special issue of PMLA (the journal of the Modern Language Association) focused on “Emotions” with Katharine Jensen.
Professor Wallace’s current scholarship focuses on tracking how common, plebeian, and anomalous-bodied persons are represented as speaking publicly in late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century Britain—and what that means for contemporary political and legal rhetoric. She also publishes on pedagogical issues and is currently co-editing a collection on Teaching the Eighteenth Century NOW.
Her regular course offerings include period courses such as “Victorian Literature: Home and Empire” and “Romanticism and Revolution”: topical courses such as “Law and Literature: Rhetoric in Action” and “Literature and Psychoanalysis”; and theory such as “Critical Theory in the U.S.” and “Anglophone Feminist Theory.” She co-teaches “Health, Culture, and Societies: Interdisciplinary Explorations” with a rotating group of faculty from across the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.
Critical Theory in the US: An Introduction
Becoming Jane Austen: The Romantic-Era Novel and Women’s Writing
The Gothic Tradition
Restoration and Eighteen-Century British Drama
“The Spector of the Singular Body in Frankenstein (1818): Difference and Reparation” for Bodies of Information: Reading the Variable Body from Roman Britain to Hip Hop, Eds. Chris Mounsey and Stan Booth. Routledge, 2019.
“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, 2018.
“Legal Sensibilities and the Language of Gesture,” In Sensing the Law, eds. Sheryl Hamilton, Neil Sargent, Diana Majury, Christine Wilke. Routledge, 2017, 133-161.
“Thinking Back Through Our Others: Rereading Sterne and Resisting Joyce in The Waves.” Woolf Studies Annual 9 (2003): 193-220.