Christine M. Woody, PhD
- Assistant Professor
- Textual Scholarship Certificate Program Director
- PhD, English Literature
University of Pennsylvania (PA)
- MA, Humanities and Social Thought
New York University (NY)
- BA with Honours, English Literature
McGill University (Quebec)
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My research focuses on the Romantic period, examining how what we think we know about authorship at this time is challenged and rewritten by the wealth of periodicals--magazines, book reviews, and newspapers--that dominated the market at this historical moment. In my book project, "Publishing Personality: Romantic Periodicals and the Paradox of Living Authorship," I argue that periodicals understand authors not simply as legal constructs supported by copyright, but as personalities publishing in real time. The periodical therefore emerges as a site of both dangerous and utopian possibilities, as its writers explore what it might mean to practice authorship in an iterative, conditional space. Underlying this exploration is a shift in what the author represents, from being an exception to the everyday person to a model for them. Recent new work examines in more detail the dynamics of periodical production. Focusing on William Gifford's editorship of the Quarterly Review, I explore the workflows necessary to produce a quarterly periodical, as well as how the circumstances of Gifford's chronic illness and disability lead to innovations in periodical style.
- Woody, C. (2019). "Performing personae in Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine and Romantic periodicals.” Using and Abusing Romantic Periodicals. Eds. Nicholas Mason and Tom Mole. Edinburgh University Press. Forthcoming.
- Woody, C. (2018). “Neglect, Death, and Apostasy: Narrating Living Authorship in Romantic Periodicals.” Essays in Romanticism, 25.2, pp.241-260.
- Woody, C. (2017). “1817: The Birth of the Cockney.” Keats-Shelley Journal, LXVI, pp.110-123.
- Woody, C. (2017). “The Newspaper and the Novel: William Morris’s News from Nowhere and Commonweal.” Victorian Periodicals Review, 50.1, pp.139-156.
- Curran Fellowship, Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, 2019.
- Research Fellowship for History of the Book in the Humanities, Willison Foundation Charitable Trust, 2018
- Scottish Romanticism Research Award, British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS/UCSL), 2016.
- English/LPS Teaching and Research Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, 2015-2016.
In the Media
- Three Humanities Faculty Invited to Join Summer Leadership Development Program
Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing Jessica Guzman, Assistant Professor of English Christine Woody, and Assistant Professor of Sociology Jennifer Padilla Wyse have been invited to participate in Swarthmore College’s Humanities Leadership Development Program.
This program is designed for faculty in the humanities and will provide facilitated discussions, guest speakers, case studies, and more for faculty from Widener and select other Philadelphia-area colleges and universities. The goal is to support faculty in growing their leadership skills and continuing to step into leadership roles within their institutions. The experience is funded by a grant from The Mellon Foundation, a known advocate for humanities and the arts.
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- Christine Woody gives talk at Rosenbach Museum & Library
Christine Woody, an assistant professor of English, gave a talk at the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia. The lecture "A Prehistory of Oversharing: The Romantic Magazine as Social Media" explored the dynamics and authorial practices of pseudonymous magazine authors in late-Romantic Britain.
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