Professor Mary Wilson Carpenter

(Emerita) PhD Brown


Contact Information

E-mail: carpentm@queensu.ca

Research Interests

Victorian literature and literary theory, especially feminist, gender, and masculinity studies; history of sexuality; women’s writing, especially 18th- and 19th-century British and 19th-century American.

Recent Publications

  • Health, Medicine and Society in Victorian England (Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger: Imprint of ABC-CLIO, 2010), Victorian Life and Times Series, ed. Sally Mitchell.
  • “Medical Cosmopolitanism: Middlemarch, Cholera, and the Pathologies of English Masculinity,” Victorian Literature and Culture 38:2 (2010): 511–28.
  • “Blinding the Hero,” differences 17:3 (2006): 52–68.
  • Imperial Bibles, Domestic Bodies: Women, Sexuality and Religion in the Victorian Market (Ohio University Press, 2003).
  • “Figuring Age and Race: Frances Trollope’s Matronalia,” Frances Trollope and the Novel of Social Change, ed. Brenda A. Ayres (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2002) 103–118.

Remarks

Author of Imperial Bibles, Domestic Bodies: Women, Sexuality and Religion in the Victorian Market (Ohio University Press 2003); George Eliot and the Landscape of Time: Narrative Form and Protestant Apocalyptic History (U of North Carolina P, 1986); “Figuring Age and Race: Frances Trollope’s Matronalia," Frances Trollope and the Novel of Social Change, ed. Brenda Ayres (Greenwood Press, 2002); “Representing Apocalypse: Sexual Politics and the Violence of Revelation,” Postmodern Apocalypse: Theory and Cultural Practice at the End, ed. Richard Dellamora (Univ. Pennsylvania Press, 1995); “Female Grotesques: Ageism, Anti-feminism, and Feminists on the Faculty,”Anti-feminism in the Academy, ed. Clark, Garner, Higonnet and Katrak (Routledge, 1996); and “The Trouble with Romola,” Victorian Sages & Cultural Discourse: Renegotiating Gender and Power, ed. Thais E. Morgan (Rutgers UP, 1990). Also the author of “Masquerade,” in The Oxford Companion to Women’s Writing in the United States (Oxford UP, 1995), and of “The Phallus,” Feminist Literary Theory, ed. Eliz. Kowaleski-Wallace (Garland, 1996). In addition, Professor Carpenter has published “ ‘Eat me, drink me, love me’: The Consumable Female Body in Christina Rossetti’s ‘Goblin Market,’ ” Victorian Poetry (1991), reprinted in Tess Cosslett, ed. Victorian Women Poets(Addison Wesley Longman, 1996), and in Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism. She has written articles on George Eliot, Umberto Eco, and topics in Victorian literature, feminist theory, and Milton, in such journals as PMLADiacriticsGendersLiterature and History, andMilton Studies. Member of the editorial boards of GendersEnglish Studies in Canada, and 19th-Century Feminisms.