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Mary Romanovski

Assistant Professor
Phone: (239) 590-7157
E-Mail: mromanovski@fgcu.edu
Office: RH 131

Education
Ph. D., The Ohio State University, 2010
M.A., The Ohio State University, 2004
B.A., Capital University, 2002

Teaching Interests:
Restoration and Eighteenth-century British Literature and Culture; The Rise of the Novel; Gendered Authorship; Literature and Place; Pop Culture

Research Interests:
Eighteenth-century novels and representations of architectural space; Women's literary history; Representations of gender and rank; Narrative theory

My current project focuses on how the plots of eighteenth-century novels are essentially bound to and determined by specific spaces. For example, I am interested in how common architectural features of eighteenth-century homes, like gardens or back staircases, serve as setting in which characters can interact in ways prohibited by the strictures of the typical social spaces of the drawing room or dining room.

I am also beginning to research literary and cultural representations of women and addiction in the eighteenth-century. I hope to be able to make connections between emerging assumptions about women and addiction in the period and the challenges that we currently face in providing proper treatment and support for women, especially mothers, who struggle with addiction.

Publications:

  • "New Models for the Literary Garden: Women's Novels of the 1720s." Gender and Space in Britain, 1660-1820. Ed. Mona Narain and Karen Gevirtz. Aldershot and Burlington: Ashgate Publishing Company, forthcoming.

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