Miriam Wallace

Professor of English, Humanities Division Chair - English - Gender Studies - Humanities - Interdisciplinary Programs

Miriam Wallace
  • Phone: (941) 487-4335
  • Email: mwallace@ncf.edu
  • Office Location: ACE 205
  • Mail Location: ACE 116

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

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Professor Wallace teaches a wide range of English-language literature with a focus on British fiction and literary theory. She has a particular interest in feminist and gender theories and related theoretical fields, and is a founding member of the Gender Studies faculty. She has written on topics ranging from aesthetics and politics in Virginia Woolf’s The Waves to figurative aspects of British law in the 1794 London treason trial of the novelist Thomas Holcroft. Her scholarship focuses on eighteenth century and Romantic-era fiction, culture, and politics.

Her 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. She also published an edition of two period novels for college teaching—Mary Hays’s 1796 Memoirs of Emma Courtney and Amelia Alderson Opie’s 1804 Adeline Mowbray. Recently she was awarded a Lewis Walpole Library Fellowship for her project on “Illustrating Speech: Depicting Professional, Popular, and Illicit Speaking.” Professor Wallace is currently writing another book on public political and legal speech and its representations in late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century Britain.

Her regular course offerings include the “Rise” of the Novel in Britain, Eighteenth-Century British Literature, Romanticism and Revolution in the English Novel, Law and Literature: Rhetoric in Action (writing intensive), Home and Empire: Victorian Literature, Haunted by the Victorians: British Modernist Fictions, Critical Theory in the U.S., and Anglophone Feminist Theory. With Professor Van Tuyl (French), she 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” in 1997. 

Professor Wallace continues to publish on teaching and pedagogical issues; in 2008 she co-edited a special issue of the journal Romantic Pedagogy Circles on “Novel Prospects: Teaching the Romantic-era Novel” with Patricia Matthew (Montclair University).

Recent Courses
History of the Novel in English 1720-1930
Critical Theory in the US: An Introduction
Becoming Jane Austen: The Romantic-Era Novel and Women’s Writing
Virgina Woolf: Art and the Artist
Postmodern/Postcolonial Literature

Selected Publications
Re-Viewing Thomas Holcroft, 1745-1809: Essays on Thomas Holcroft’s Works and Life. Eds. Miriam L. Wallace and A. A. Markley. Aldershot, Hampshire: Ashgate. 2012.

“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.

Enlightening Romanticism, Romancing Enlightenment: British Fiction 1750-1830. Ed. Miriam L. Wallace. Aldershot, Hampshire: Ashgate. 2009.

“Discovering the Political Traveler: Wollstonecraft’s Letters (1796) and Holcroft’s Travels (1804). Journeys 12.1 (June 2011): 1–21.

“Writing Law and Speaking Justice in Late Eighteenth-Century Britain.” ELN Special Issue: Juris-Dictions Ed. Nan Goodman. 48.2 (2010): 27–35.

“Thinking Back Through Our Others: Rereading Sterne and Resisting Joyce in The Waves.” Woolf Studies Annual Special Issue: Woolf and Literary History Eds. Jane Lilienfeld and Jeffrey Oxford. 9 (2003): 193-220.