Ruth M. McAdams
Visiting Assistant Professor
B.A., summa cum laude, University of Pennsylvania
M.Phil., University of Edinburgh
Ph.D., University of Michigan
Office: Palamountain 322
Phone: (518) 580-5174
Teaching and Research Interests:
- Nineteenth-Century British literature
- Historical fiction in a global context
- Theory of the novel
- Writing Composition
- EN 105: Writing Gender
- EN 105: Work!
- EN 110: Introduction to Literary Studies
- EN 362: Objects and Materials and/in 18th-Century Literature
Professor McAdams is currently at work on a book entitled, How the Victorians Invented the Regency: Historicizing the Recent Past. The book argues that Victorian literary responses to the Napoleonic Wars and Regency period (1800-1820) generated discontinuous, non-linear visions of history that contrast with the narratives of progress typically associated with the Victorians. She is planning a second book project on the historical novel in a global context.
- “Progress.” Victorian Literature and Culture, Keywords Issue, vol. 46, no. 3/4, Fall/Winter 2018, Forthcoming.
- “‘Ladies Scorn Dates!’: Women Life Writers Look Back on the Regency.” Nineteenth-Century Contexts, vol. 40, no.1, 2018, pp. 33-50. doi: 10.1080/08905495.2017.1393735.
- “Clothing Napoleonic History in Vanity Fair and The Trumpet-Major.” Victorian Studies, vol. 60, no. 1, Fall 2017, pp. 9-28. doi: 10.2979/victorianstudies.60.1.01.
- “Review of Victorian Narratives of the Recent Past: Memory, History, Fiction, by Helen Kingstone.” Review of English Studies, Forthcoming. doi: 10.1093/res/hgx119.
- “Review of Histories for the Many: The Victorian Family Magazine and Popular Representations of the Past, The Leisure Hour, 1852-1870, by Doris Lechner.” Victorian Periodicals Review, vol. 50, no. 4, Winter 2017, pp. 833-836. doi: 10.1353/vpr.2017.0060.
- “Review of Writing the Stage Coach Nation: Locality on the Move in Nineteenth-Century British Literature, by Ruth Livesey.” The Hazlitt Review, vol. 10, 2017, pp. 77-80. ISSN 1757-8299.
- “Review of The Historical Novel in Europe, 1650-1950, by Richard Maxwell.” Nineteenth-Century Contexts: An Interdisciplinary Journal, vol. 37, no. 3, 2015, pp. 272-274. doi: 10.1080/08905495.2015.1030843.
- With Theresa Tinkle, Daphna Atias, and Cordelia Zukerman. “Teaching Close Reading Skills in a Large Lecture Course.” Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture, vol. 13, no. 3, 2013, pp. 505-535. doi: 10.1215/15314200-2266432.