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  • Margaret Stetz, Mae & Robert Carter Professor of Women's Studies

    Mae & Robert Carter Professor of Women's Studies
    and Professor of Humanities
    University of Delaware
    ​34 W. Delaware Ave
    Newark, DE 19716
    302-831-3170

    Biography

    Margaret D. Stetz is the Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women’s Studies and Professor of Humanities at the University of Delaware, with secondary appointments in English and in Material Culture Studies. 

    Degrees

    Dr. Stetz received her B. A. (summa cum laude) from Queens College, CUNY; an M. A. from the University of Sussex, UK; and an M. A. and PhD from Harvard University, where she was awarded the Howard Mumford Jones Prize for best dissertation in English and American literature, 1780-1900. Before becoming the Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women's Studies at UD, she taught English and Women's Studies at the University of Virginia and at Georgetown University. ​

    Books and Book Chapters

    Dr. Margaret D. Stetz is author of more than 100 published essays on subjects ranging from Victorian art and print culture, to neo-Victorian literature and film, to women and war, to fashion. Her books include monographs (British Women’s Comic Fiction, 1890–1990, 2001), exhibition catalogues (Gender and the London Theatre, 1880–1920, 2004; Facing the Late Victorians, 2007), co-edited essay collections (Michael Field and Their World, 2007; Legacies of the Comfort Women of WWII, 2001), and co-authored exhibition catalogues (The Yellow Book, 1994; England in the 1890s, 1990; England in the 1880s, 1989). She serves on the editorial boards of monograph series (“Nineteenth Century Writing and Culture” for Palgrave Macmillan; “Gender and Genre” for Pickering and Chatto; and the editorial board of the University of Delaware Press) and of scholarly journals (Victorian Literature and Culture; Nineteenth-Century Studies; Victorian Periodicals Review; Neo-Victorian Studies).

    Her recent book chapters include: 

    “Looking at Victorian Fashion: Not a Laughing Matter.”  Neo-Victorian Humour: Comic Subversion and Unlaughter in Contemporary Historical Revisions. Eds. Marie-Luise Kohlke and Christian Gutleben. Leiden and Boston: Brill Rodopi, 2017. 147–169.

    "Greater Than the Mystery of Death: Rewriting Oscar Wilde for Young Audiences." Oscar Wilde and the Cultures of Childhood. Ed. Joseph Bristow. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke, UK, 2017. 203–220.

    "'To Amuse Intelligently and Cleverly': Carolyn Wells and Literary Parody." Transgressive Humor of American Women Writers. Ed. Sabrina Fuchs Abrams. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke, UK, 2017. 17–36.

    “Dress, Women’s Holocaust Survivor Memoirs and The ‘Thoughtful’ Work of Linda Grant.” Long Shadows: The Second World War in British Fiction and Film. Ed. Petra Rau. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2016. 287–305.

    “New Women Writing Beyond the Novel: Short Stories." The History of British Women’s Writing, Vol. 7, 1880–1920. Ed. Holly Laird. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. 189–202.

    Journal Articles

    Recent publications include:

    •“The Victorian Art Scene in 2016: Pre-Raphaelite Women Artists and Marie Spartali Stillman’s Overdue Retrospective.” Victorian Literature and Culture 45 (2017). 221-227.

    •“Internationalizing Authorship: Beyond New Grub Street to the Bookman in 1891.” Victorian Periodicals Review. 48: 1 (2015). 1-14.

    • “The ‘Transatlantic’ and Late-Nineteenth Century American Women’s Humor.” Studies in American Humor. Series 4, 1:1 (2015). 1-19. 

    • “The Late-Victorian ‘New Man’ and the Neo-Victorian ‘Neo-Man.’” in Victoriographies. 5:2 (2015). 105-121. 

    • "I Like Looking: Oscar Wilde and Late-Victorian Portraiture." Nineteenth Century Studies. Vol. 25. (2015). 241-49.

    • “The ‘My Story’ Series: A Neo-Victorian Education in Feminism.” Journal of Neo-Victorian Studies. 6:2. (2014). 137-151. 

    Current Projects

    ~Invited lecture on “Exhibiting Late-Victorian Authorship” at Cardiff University, Wales, UK, 22 March 2018.

    ~Invited lecture on “Neo-Victorian Girls” at the Hudson River Museum, Westchester, NY, 29 April 2018. (This lecture arranged in conjunction with an exhibition on Neo-Victorian art.)

    ~Keynote lecture for “British Women and Parody” conference, Université de Picardie, Amiens, France, 6 July 2018.

    Recent past projects include:

    ~Curator of Victorian Passions: Stories from the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection, at the UD Library from February 14 through June 30, 2017. https://library.udel.edu/msl-symposium-2017/

    ~Recipient of “The Korea Foundation Invitation Program for Distinguished Guests in Academia.” Invited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the government of the Republic of South Korea (as the sole representative from the U.S.) to travel with 19 other delegates from 19 different nations to Seoul and meet with officials for discussion of political and educational issues. 23-29 April 2017. www.udel.edu/udaily/2017/may/stetz-korea-foundation-honor/

    ~Co-curated Richard Le Gallienne: Liverpool's Wild(e) Victorian at the Central Library, Liverpool, UK, 4 August-31 October 2016, which commemorated the 150th anniversary of the birth of the poet, critic, and novelist, who was a disciple of Oscar Wilde and was intimately involved with the late-Victorian feminists known as "New Women."

    ~Invited lecture on the influence of Pre-Raphaelite painting and poetry on Le Gallienne at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, March 31, 2016. For more information: http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/walker/events/displayevent.aspx?eventid=27373

    ~Recipient of UD's 2015 Excellence in Teaching Award. UDaily: http://www.udel.edu/udaily/2015/may/excellence-awards-050515.html

    ~"Women in Research" 2015 profile in UD's Research magazine. http://research.udel.edu/2015/10/12/margaret-stetz/

    ~Recognized by the magazine Diverse: Issues in Higher Education as one of the “Top 25 Women in Higher Education” in March 2015. http://www.udel.edu/udaily/2015/apr/stetz-diverse-040615.html/

    ~Co-curated Everything is Going on Brilliantly: Oscar Wilde and Philadelphia, a 2015 exhibition at The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia. http://www.udel.edu/udaily/2015/feb/oscar-wilde-021915.html

    ~Curated "We will remember them": An Exhibition of First World War Materials from the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection, a 2014 exhibition at the UD Library. http://exhibits.lib.udel.edu/exhibits/show/ww1exhibit

    ~ Co-curated London Bound: American Writers in Britain, 1870-1916, a 2010 exhibition at the UD Library. For more information: http://www.lib.udel.edu/ud/spec/exhibits/londonbound/index.html

    Current and Past Courses

    • WOMS 304: Adolescent Girls: Girls in War Zones

    • WOMS 324: Feminism and Sexualities: Oscar Wilde, Women, and Sexualities

    • WOMS 324: Feminism and Sexualities: Cross-Dressing Women

    • WOMS 332: Women, Race and Ethnicity: Educating Women

    • WOMS 336: Feminist Cultural Studies: The New Woman In Black & White

    • WOMS 336: Feminist Cultural Studies: Fashioning the New York Woman

    • WOMS 380: Women Writers: Women Writing About War

    • WOMS 380: Women Writers: Jane Eyre and Its Legacies

    • WOMS 380: Women Writers: Virginia Woolf and Lesbian Writing

    • WOMS 381: Women in Literature: Women and the Literature of Illness

    • WOMS 381: Women in Literature: Re-imagining Victorian Women

    • WOMS 381: Women in Literature: Women and British Theatre, 1880-1930


 

 

​34 W. Delaware AveNewark, DE 19716<div class="ExternalClass1ECD7C0A3F6042B1936EE606F910A828"><p>Margaret D. Stetz is the Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women’s Studies and Professor of Humanities at the University of Delaware, with secondary appointments in English and in Material Culture Studies. </p></div><div class="ExternalClass69E4CD1CB8CC43FBAB48F00E29F272B2"><p>Dr. Stetz received her B. A. (summa cum laude) from Queens College, CUNY; an M. A. from the University of Sussex, UK; and an M. A. and PhD from Harvard University, where she was awarded the Howard Mumford Jones Prize for best dissertation in English and American literature, 1780-1900. Before becoming the Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women's Studies at UD, she taught English and Women's Studies at the University of Virginia and at Georgetown University. ​<br></p></div><div class="ExternalClass9B3B5629C6674286874961876C011259"><p>Dr. Margaret D. Stetz is author of more than 100 published essays on subjects ranging from Victorian art and print culture, to neo-Victorian literature and film, to women and war, to fashion. Her books include monographs (British Women’s Comic Fiction, 1890–1990, 2001), exhibition catalogues (Gender and the London Theatre, 1880–1920, 2004; Facing the Late Victorians, 2007), co-edited essay collections (Michael Field and Their World, 2007; Legacies of the Comfort Women of WWII, 2001), and co-authored exhibition catalogues (The Yellow Book, 1994; England in the 1890s, 1990; England in the 1880s, 1989). She serves on the editorial boards of monograph series (“Nineteenth Century Writing and Culture” for Palgrave Macmillan; “Gender and Genre” for Pickering and Chatto; and the editorial board of the University of Delaware Press) and of scholarly journals (Victorian Literature and Culture; Nineteenth-Century Studies; Victorian Periodicals Review; Neo-Victorian Studies).<br></p><p>Her recent book chapters include: <br></p><p>“Looking at Victorian Fashion: Not a Laughing Matter.” <em> Neo-Victorian Humour: Comic Subversion and Unlaughter in Contemporary Historical Revisions.</em> Eds. Marie-Luise Kohlke and Christian Gutleben. Leiden and Boston: Brill Rodopi, 2017. 147–169.<br></p><p>"Greater Than the Mystery of Death: Rewriting Oscar Wilde for Young Audiences." <em>Oscar Wilde and the Cultures of Childhood</em>. Ed. Joseph Bristow. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke, UK, 2017. 203–220.<br></p><p>"'To Amuse Intelligently and Cleverly': Carolyn Wells and Literary Parody." <em>Transgressive Humor of American Women Writers</em>. Ed. Sabrina Fuchs Abrams. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke, UK, 2017. 17–36.<br></p><p>“Dress, Women’s Holocaust Survivor Memoirs and The ‘Thoughtful’ Work of Linda Grant.” <em>Long Shadows: The Second World War in British Fiction and Film</em>. Ed. Petra Rau. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2016. 287–305.<br></p><p>“New Women Writing Beyond the Novel: Short Stories."<em> The History of British Women’s Writing,</em><em> Vol. 7, 1880–1920.</em> Ed. Holly Laird. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. 189–202.<br></p></div><div class="ExternalClassAB57B2B9B703460682462E5AAE03DB2A"><p>Recent publications include:</p><p>•“The Victorian Art Scene in 2016: Pre-Raphaelite Women Artists and Marie Spartali Stillman’s Overdue Retrospective.” <em>Victorian Literature and Culture 45 </em>(2017). 221-227.</p><p>•“Internationalizing Authorship: Beyond<em> New Grub Street </em>to the <em>Bookman</em> in 1891.” <em>Victorian Periodicals Review.</em> 48: 1 (2015). 1-14.</p><p>• “The ‘Transatlantic’ and Late-Nineteenth Century American Women’s Humor.” <em>Studies in American Humor.</em> Series 4, 1:1 (2015). 1-19. </p><p>• “The Late-Victorian ‘New Man’ and the Neo-Victorian ‘Neo-Man.’” <em>in Victoriographies</em>. 5:2 (2015). 105-121. <br></p><p>• "I Like Looking: Oscar Wilde and Late-Victorian Portraiture."<em> Nineteenth Century Studies.</em> Vol. 25. (2015). 241-49.</p><p>• “The ‘My Story’ Series: A Neo-Victorian Education in Feminism.” <em>Journal of Neo-Victorian Studies.</em> 6:2. (2014). 137-151. </p></div><div class="ExternalClass1B54DCBB8C4B4E2FA3E331D4BE7BD0C8"><p dir="ltr">~Invited lecture on “Exhibiting Late-Victorian Authorship” at Cardiff University, Wales, UK, 22 March 2018.</p><p dir="ltr">~Invited lecture on “Neo-Victorian Girls” at the Hudson River Museum, Westchester, NY, 29 April 2018. (This lecture arranged in conjunction with an exhibition on Neo-Victorian art.)</p><p dir="ltr">~Keynote lecture for “British Women and Parody” conference, Université de Picardie, Amiens, France, 6 July 2018.</p><p dir="ltr">Recent past projects include:<br></p><p dir="ltr">~Curator of Victorian Passions: Stories from the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection, at the UD Library from February 14 through June 30, 2017. https://library.udel.edu/msl-symposium-2017/</p><p dir="ltr">~Recipient of “The Korea Foundation Invitation Program for Distinguished Guests in Academia.” Invited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the government of the Republic of South Korea (as the sole representative from the U.S.) to travel with 19 other delegates from 19 different nations to Seoul and meet with officials for discussion of political and educational issues. 23-29 April 2017. www.udel.edu/udaily/2017/may/stetz-korea-foundation-honor/</p><p dir="ltr">~Co-curated Richard Le Gallienne: Liverpool's Wild(e) Victorian at the Central Library, Liverpool, UK, 4 August-31 October 2016, which commemorated the 150th anniversary of the birth of the poet, critic, and novelist, who was a disciple of Oscar Wilde and was intimately involved with the late-Victorian feminists known as "New Women."</p><p dir="ltr">~Invited lecture on the influence of Pre-Raphaelite painting and poetry on Le Gallienne at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, March 31, 2016. For more information: http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/walker/events/displayevent.aspx?eventid=27373</p><p dir="ltr">~Recipient of UD's 2015 Excellence in Teaching Award. UDaily: http://www.udel.edu/udaily/2015/may/excellence-awards-050515.html</p><p dir="ltr">~"Women in Research" 2015 profile in UD's Research magazine. http://research.udel.edu/2015/10/12/margaret-stetz/</p><p dir="ltr">~Recognized by the magazine Diverse: Issues in Higher Education as one of the “Top 25 Women in Higher Education” in March 2015. http://www.udel.edu/udaily/2015/apr/stetz-diverse-040615.html/</p><p dir="ltr">~Co-curated Everything is Going on Brilliantly: Oscar Wilde and Philadelphia, a 2015 exhibition at The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia. http://www.udel.edu/udaily/2015/feb/oscar-wilde-021915.html</p><p dir="ltr">~Curated "We will remember them": An Exhibition of First World War Materials from the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection, a 2014 exhibition at the UD Library. http://exhibits.lib.udel.edu/exhibits/show/ww1exhibit</p><p>~ Co-curated London Bound: American Writers in Britain, 1870-1916, a 2010 exhibition at the UD Library. For more information: http://www.lib.udel.edu/ud/spec/exhibits/londonbound/index.html</p></div><div class="ExternalClass79A56BE15F9C44CD91EDB06DB820E033"><p dir="ltr">• WOMS 304: Adolescent Girls: Girls in War Zones</p><p dir="ltr">• WOMS 324: Feminism and Sexualities: Oscar Wilde, Women, and Sexualities</p><p dir="ltr">• WOMS 324: Feminism and Sexualities: Cross-Dressing Women</p><p dir="ltr">• WOMS 332: Women, Race and Ethnicity: Educating Women</p><p dir="ltr">• WOMS 336: Feminist Cultural Studies: The New Woman In Black & White</p><p dir="ltr">• WOMS 336: Feminist Cultural Studies: Fashioning the New York Woman</p><p dir="ltr">• WOMS 380: Women Writers: Women Writing About War</p><p dir="ltr">• WOMS 380: Women Writers: Jane Eyre and Its Legacies</p><p dir="ltr">• WOMS 380: Women Writers: Virginia Woolf and Lesbian Writing</p><p dir="ltr">• WOMS 381: Women in Literature: Women and the Literature of Illness</p><p dir="ltr">• WOMS 381: Women in Literature: Re-imagining Victorian Women</p><p dir="ltr">• WOMS 381: Women in Literature: Women and British Theatre, 1880-1930</p><br></div>DegreesBooks and Book ChaptersJournal ArticlesCurrent ProjectsCurrent and Past Coursesstetzm@udel.eduStetz, Margaret302-831-3170<img alt="" src="/Images%20Bios/Stetz%20Bios.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Mae & Robert Carter Professor of Women's Studiesand Professor of Humanities

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