Christine M. Woody, PhD
- Assistant Professor
- Textual Scholarship Certificate Program Director
Programs I Teach
- 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.
- 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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