MARK R. BLACKWELL

           

Education          

                  Ph.D. in English, Cornell University, 1996

                           Major subject:      eighteenth-century British literature 

                           Minor subjects:  seventeenth-century British literature, literary theory and cultural studies, Romanticism

                  M.A. in English, Cornell University, 1994

                  B.A. summa cum laude in English, Princeton University, 1988

Dissertation

                  “The Properties of the Self: Idioms of Personal Identity from Locke to Boswell”

                  Director: Fredric V. Bogel

                  Committee: Neil Saccamano, Barbara Correll

Academic Appointments

                  2004–present             Associate Professor, University of Hartford

                  2001–04                     Assistant Professor, University of Hartford

                  1997–2001  Assistant Professor, California State University, Chico

                  1996–97                     Assistant Professor, Ithaca College (one-year appointment)

                  1996                          Lecturer, Cornell University

                  1992–94                     Teaching Assistant, Cornell University

Teaching Experience

                  University of Hartford (2001–present)

·  The Eighteenth-Century British Novel

·  Satire and Sentiment, 1660–1800

·  Jane Austen’s Novels (senior capstone seminar)

·  Gothic Thrills

·  The Romantic Movement in Britain

·  Seventeenth-Century English Literature

·  Humans and Animals (honors seminar)

·  Representing Death (honors seminar)

·  Discovering Britain: Fantasy and Reality, 1760–1900 (Oxford study-abroad course)

·  Survey of English Literature I

·  Introduction to Literature (regular and honors sections)

·  President’s College, Heroes into Husbands: Jane Austen and Campaigns of Sexual

                              Warfare, seminar on Mansfield Park, June 2002

·   Independent studies entitled “The Graphic Novel” and “Contemporary Fiction”

California State University, Chico (1997–2001)

                           Undergraduate courses

·  The Age of Enlightenment

·  The Eighteenth-Century British Novel

·  British Drama, 1660–1817

·  The Romantic Period

·  Milton and His Age

·  Survey of British Literature I

·  Survey of British Literature II

·  Approaches to Literature

                           Graduate courses

·  Women and the Novel in Eighteenth-Century Britain

·  British Romantic Literature

·  The Scriblerus Club and Its Aftermath

                  Ithaca College (1996–97)

·  Shakespeare

·  Introduction to Fiction

                  Cornell University (1992–96)

·  Shakespeare

·  Privacy and Politics

Fellowships and Awards

                  2005           Participant, National Humanities Center Summer Institute on Laurence Sterne’s Tristram Shandy, Seminar Leader: Deidre Lynch

                  2004–05      James L. Clifford Prize (awarded annually by the American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies for an outstanding study of some aspect of eighteenth-century culture, interesting to any eighteenth-century specialist, regardless of discipline)

                  2004–06      Cardin and Moseley Grants, University of Hartford

                  2003           NEH/Harry Jack Gray Outstanding Teacher Award, University of Hartford

                  2002–03      Greenberg Junior Faculty Research Grant, University of Hartford

                  2002–03      Coffin Grant, University of Hartford

      2002–03      Technology Innovation Program Grant (co-awardee with Catherine Stevenson and William Stull), University of Hartford

                  2002–03      Humanities Center Fellow, “Mystery and Meaning,” University of Hartford

      1998           CSU, Chico Research Foundation Summer Scholars Fellowship

                  1996           Guilford Essay Prize, Cornell University (annual prize for the dissertation exhibiting the highest standard of excellence in English prose)

                  1995           Mellon Completion-Year Fellowship, Cornell University

                  1994           Mellon Fellowship, Cornell University

                  1990           A.D. White Fellowship, Cornell University

                  1988           Class of 1859 Prize, Princeton University (annual prize for outstanding work in the senior thesis and the departmental exam)

                  1988           Phi Beta Kappa, Princeton University

Publications

The Secret Life of Things: Animals, Objects, and It-Narratives in Eighteenth-Century England, an edited collection of essays forthcoming from Bucknell University Press in the series entitled Bucknell Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture.

“Introduction: The It-Narrative and Eighteenth-Century Thing Theory,” in The Secret Life of Things, forthcoming from Bucknell University Press.

“Hackwork: It-Narratives and Iteration,” in The Secret Life of Things, forthcoming from Bucknell University Press.

“Harriet’s ‘Tooth Amiss’ and Transplantation in Emma,” Modern Philology 103.4 (2006): 474–97.

“The Things People Make: Locke’s Essay concerning Human Understanding and the Properties of the Self,” Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture 35 (2006): 77–94.

“The Gothic: Moving in the World of Novels,” in A Concise Companion to the Restoration and Eighteenth Century, ed. Cynthia Wall (Oxford: Blackwell, 2005), 145–62.

“‘The Setting Always Casts a Different Shade on It’: Allusion and Interpretation in Sense and Sensibility,” Eighteenth-Century Fiction 17.1 (2004): 111–24.

“The Subterranean Wind of Allusion: Milton, Dryden, Shadwell, and Mock-Epic Modernity,” Restoration 28.1 (2004): 15–36.

“‘Extraneous Bodies’: The Contagion of Live-Tooth Transplantation in Late-Eighteenth-Century England,” Eighteenth-Century Life 28.1 (2004): 21–68.

         (Winner of the 2004-05 James Clifford Prize)

 

“The Sublimity of Taste in Edmund Burke’s A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origins of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful,” Philological Quarterly 82.3 (2003): 325–47.

“The It-Narrative in Eighteenth-Century England: Animals and Objects in Circulation,” online publication in Literature Compass (Blackwell, 2003), section ed. Cynthia Wall.  <http://www.literature-compass.com/viewpoint.asp?section=5&ref=322&type=full>

““It stood an object of terror and delight’: Sublime Masculinity and the Aesthetics of Disproportion in John Cleland’s Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure,” Eighteenth-Century Novel 3 (2003): 39–63.

“Constant, Napoleon, and the Mechanics of Political Action in Wallstein,” Studies in Romanticism 38.1 (1999): 63–88.

                  “Bestial Metaphors: John Berkenhead and Satiric Royalist Propaganda of the 1640s and 1650s,” Modern Language Studies 29.2 (1999): 21–48.

“The Two Jonathans: Swift, Smedley, and the Outhouse Ethos,” in Locating Swift: Essays from Dublin on the 250th Anniversary of the Death of Jonathan Swift,  ed. Aileen Douglas, Patrick Kelly, and Ian Campbell Ross (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 1998), 129–49.

Reviews

Fredric V. Bogel, The Difference Satire Makes: Rhetoric and Reading from Jonson to Byron, online publication in Literature Compass (Blackwell, 2004), section ed. Cynthia Wall. 

         <http://www.literature-compass.com/recommended.asp?section=5&ref=545&type=recommended_book>

Deidre Shauna Lynch, The Economy of Character: Novels, Market Culture, and the Business of Inner Meaning, online publication in Literature Compass (Blackwell, 2004), section ed. Cynthia Wall. 

         <http://www.literature-compass.com/recommended.asp?section=5&ref=547&type=recommended_book>

Ian Watt, The Rise of the Novel: Studies in Defoe, Richardson, and Fielding, online publication in Literature Compass (Blackwell, 2004), section ed. Cynthia Wall. 

         <http://www.literature-compass.com/recommended.asp?section=5&ref=549&type=recommended_book>

Frans De Bruyn, The Literary Genres of Edmund Burke, Modern Philology 97.1 (1999): 132–35.

Work in Progress

Articles

“The Thing about Fanny Price”

“The Singular and the Common: Misapprehension in Tristram Shandy

                    “Preposterous Hume,” for Theory and Practice in Eighteenth-Century Philosophy,

                           ed. Alex Dick and Christina Lupton

  “The Diffusive Pleasures of the Possessive Gaze: Aesthetic Property from Addison

                           to Boswell”

 

Books

Personable Properties: Eighteenth-Century It-Narratives and the British Traffic in Identity, 1740–1815, a monograph on it-narratives.

Conference Papers

“The Singular and the Common: Misapprehension in Tristram Shandy,” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Montreal, March 2006.

“The Thing about Fanny Price,” Modern Language Association, Washington, DC, December 2005.

“Locke’s Essay and the Properties of the Self,” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Boston, MA, March 2004.

“Harriet’s ‘Tooth Amiss’ and Social Transplantation in Emma,” Northeast American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Providence, RI, November 2003.

“The Transplanting of Teeth and the Novel of Circulation: ‘Borderline States of Being’ in Late Eighteenth-Century England,” Eleventh International Congress on the Enlightenment and Thirty-Fourth Annual Meeting of the American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies, Los Angeles, CA, August 2003.

“‘The Ornament of the Mouth’: Tooth Transplantation and Unmannerly Commerce in Late Eighteenth-Century England,” Seventeenth Annual DeBartolo Conference on Eighteenth-Century Studies, Tampa, FL, February 2003.

“Subterranean Wind: Milton, Dryden, Shadwell, and the Origins of Mock-Epic Modernity,” Northeast American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, New York, NY, October 2002.

“The Consumption of Teeth in the Novel of Circulation,” Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Chapel Hill, NC, February/March 2002.

                  “The Sublimity of Taste in Burke’s Enquiry,” Midwest Section of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, East Lansing, MI, November 2000.

                  “The Possessive Gaze: Aesthetic Property in Addison and Boswell,” Western Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Las Vegas, NV, February 2000.

                  “The Properties of the Self: Hume on Personal Identity,” Western Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Flagstaff, AZ, February 1998.

                  “Modern Subjectivity and the Novel: Charles Johnstone’s Chrysal,” Western Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Berkeley, CA, February 1997.

“The Life of Letters: At the Border of the Undiscovered Country with Hume,” South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Edmond, OK, February 1997.

“The Two Jonathans: Swift, Smedley, and the Outhouse Ethos,” Northeast American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Ottawa, Canada, September 1995.

                  “The Two Jonathans: Smedley, Swift, and the Outhouse Ethos,” Jonathan Swift 1667–1745: An Interdisciplinary Commemoration, Dublin, Ireland, June 1995.

“‘It stood an object of terror and delight’: Sublime Masculinity in John Cleland’s Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Salt Lake City, UT, March 1995.

“The Pleasures of the Imagination: Erotic Representation and the Idiom of the Sublime  in John Cleland’s Memoirs of a Woman Of Pleasure, The Second Annual Graduate Student Conference in Eighteenth-Century Studies, Kingston, Canada, October 1993.

Conference Sessions Chaired

“Thing Theory in the Eighteenth Century” (Roundtable), American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Atlanta, GA, March 2007.

“It-Narratives, Object Tales, Novels of Circulation,” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Montreal, March 2006.

                    “Household Things,” Northeast American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies,     Providence, RI, November 2003.

“Aesthetics and the Political Imaginary of Eighteenth-Century Britain,” Northeast American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, New York, NY, October 2002.

Invited Presentations

“The Enormity of Johnson’s Achievement,” lecture for a Mortensen Library Board of Visitors Symposium entitled “Defining Moments—Samuel Johnson & Noah Webster: Dictionaries, Words, Language, and Culture,” September 21, 2006.

Presenter and respondent at “The Souls of Brute and Stupid Things,” The Mellon Seminar, conducted by Professor Jonathan Lamb, Vanderbilt University, May 16-18, 2006.

“A Prelude to Wordsworth’s Prelude,” lecture for the President’s College Mini-Conference on the Lake Poets, University of Hartford, March 8, 2004.

“Mystery, Meaning, and Narrative Cadence in Ann Radcliffe’s Gothic Fiction,” lecture for a Humanities Center Seminar entitled “Mystery and Meaning,” University of Hartford, April 15, 2003.

“Why Bother with Research?  Answerability and Academic Life,” keynote address, Humanities and Fine Arts Symposium, California State University, Chico, April 2001.

Academic Service

                  Reader for Eighteenth-Century Fiction, 2003-present

                  Reader for Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture 36

                  Reader for Literature Compass

                  Reader for the Modern Language Association’s Approaches to Teaching World

                           Literature series (reviewed a proposal for a volume on John Dryden, summer 2006)

                  Judge for the 2005-06 James L. Clifford Prize

                           --Along with five other academics, read and ranked 37 articles submitted for the

                           most prestigious essay prize in eighteenth-century studies.

                  Member, Nominating Committee, Northeast American Society for Eighteenth-Century

                           Studies, Spring 2006–present

Department, College, and University Service

            University of Hartford

                 

·  Chair, Department of English, Summer 2004–present

·  Chair, Department of Rhetoric, Language, and Culture, Summer 2005–present

·  Chair, Rhetoric& Composition Search Committee, Summer 2006–present

·  Member, Dean’s Advisory Council, Summer 2004–present

·  Member, College of Arts and Sciences General Education Task Force, Summer 2006–present.

·  Chair, American Literature Search Committee, Summer 2005–Spring 2006

·  Participant, The Council of Independent Colleges Workshop for Department and Division Chairs, Waltham, MA, May 31-June 2, 2006

·  Member elect, Faculty Senate, Spring 2002–Spring 2005

·  Member, Senate Curriculum Committee, Fall 2002–Spring 2005

·  Member, Bent, Larsen, Trachtenberg Awards Committee, Fall 2004-Spring 2005

·  Member, College of Arts and Sciences team at the AAC&U Institute on General

                     Education, Newport, RI, May 21–26, 2004

·  Member, College of Arts and Sciences Steering Committee on General Education,

                     Summer 2004–summer 2005

·  Member, Pre-Law Committee, Spring 2004–present

·  Member, University Scholars Program Committee, Fall 2003–Spring 2005

·  Academic adviser, Freshman Dialogue group, Summer 2002–present

·  Discussion leader, Crossing the Bridge/Freshman Orientation, June 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005

            California State University, Chico

                  English Department

·  Chair, English Department Curriculum Committee, 1999–2001

·  Faculty adviser, English Honor Society, 1999–2001

·  Member, Ad Hoc Literary Studies Committee, 2000–01

·  Member, English Department Curriculum Committee, 1997–99

·  Member, English Department Composition Committee, 1997–99

·  Member, Ad Hoc Committee on the Major in English, 1998–99

                  College of Humanities and Fine Arts

·  Member, Advisory Board to the Humanities Center, 1999–2001

·  Member, “Charting the Future” Committee, charged with establishing a vision for the College of Humanities and Fine Arts as it searched for a new dean, 2000–01

·  Member, General Education Area C Review Committee, 1999–2000

Professional Affiliations

·  Modern Language Association

·  American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

·  Northeast American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

·  North American Society for the Study of Romanticism

·  Phi Beta Kappa

·  CECSS (The Connecticut Eighteenth-Century Scholars Seminar)