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Kelly McGuire

Kelly McGuireAssistant Professor (English)
B.A. (Queen’s); M.A. (Western); Ph.D. (Western)

Office: Catharine Parr Traill College, Wallis Hall 120
Telephone: (705) 748-1011 ext. 7574
E-mail: kellymcguire@trentu.ca

Research interests

Eighteenth-century literature and cultural history; medical history; plague writing and public health; biothrillers and biopunk; disease and national character; women’s writing; sermon literature

Current Research

An interdisciplinary study of the relationship between suicide, gender and national identity in the eighteenth-century novel. An edition on the cultural history of suicide in the eighteenth century. A book project on plague writing and public health discourse in the eighteenth century. Articles on the interconnections between physiology and philosophy in early Romantic thought.

Selected Publications

"Dying to be English: Suicide Narratives and National Identity: 1714-1814". The History of Suicide, Vols. 3 & 4. London: Pickering & Chatto (Forthcoming in December, 2011).

“True Crime: Print Culture, Contagion, and Herbert Croft's  Love and Madness; or, A Story too True." Eighteenth-Century Fiction (forthcoming)

"Mourning and Material Culture.” Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800. 177 (2010) (Reprint)

“Raising the Dead: Sermons, Suicide, and Transnational Exchange in the Eighteenth Century.” Literature and Medicine 28:1 (2009): ­9-26

“`Corruptible Bodies’: Suicide and the Aesthetics of the English Malady in John Shebbeare’s Lydia; or, Filial Piety (1755)”: The English Malady: Enabling and Disabling Fictions, Glen Colburn, ed. Newcastle : Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008, 95-123

“Mourning and Material Culture in Eliza Haywood’s The History of Miss Betsy Thoughtless” Eighteenth-Century Fiction 18:3 (2006): 281-304

“`Dire Compotation’: Eighteenth-Century English Georgics and the (Mis)Uses of  Alcohol” Lumen 22 (2004): 255-274

“`Fashioned for Desire’: Re-Constructing the Body in Bliss Carman’s Sappho:  One-Hundred Poems.” Canadian Poetry: Studies, Documents, Reviews. 49 (2001): 16-39

“Effacing `Mem’ry’s Page’:  Orality and Literacy in Adam Kidd’s The Huron Chief.” Canadian Poetry 46 (2000): 8-42.