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Wilson Publishes “Literature and Dance in Nineteenth-Century Britain”

Cheryl Wilson’s book Literature and Dance in Nineteenth-Century Britain was published by Cambridge University Press as part of their prestigious Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture Series.

This is the first academic book on the subject of nineteenth-century literature and dance—an emerging interdisciplinary field. As such, Literature and Dance fills a scholarly gap, while also contributing to the fields of literary study, dance history, and gender studies. Theoretically grounded in narrative theory, gender studies, and performance studies, Literature and Dance also draws from a range of historical materials, including dance manuals, periodicals, and related ephemera, demonstrating true interdisciplinary scholarship.

A review of the book, written by L&C Ph.D. student Amanda Lagoe, and an interview with Dr. Wilson will appear in the forthcoming issue of Studies in the Humanities.

Dr. Wilson, a professor in the Department of English, recently presented “Gender, Fashion, and Social Power in Emma” at the Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Women Writers Conference (University of Iowa, April 2009); “Rethinking the Silver-Fork Novel” at the Midwest Victorian Studies Association Conference (Indiana University, April 2009); and “Who’s Afraid of the Ballroom? The Dangers of Nineteenth-Century Social Dance” at the MLA Convention (San Francisco, December 2008).

Dr. Wilson continues to serve as president of EAPSU, and, along with several graduate students and colleagues, will be representing IUP at the fall 2009 EAPSU conference at Shippensburg University.

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