Tara Wallace

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Tara Wallace

Professor of English


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Professor of English

18th- and 19th-century British literature, literature and historiography, imperial and postcolonial studies, gender studies

Prof. Wallace’s research interests include: eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature, forms of historicism, imperial discourse.

She is beginning a project on Walter Scott and representations of monarchy; as part of this larger project, I have recently published on the Stuart monarchs and given papers on Scott's depiction of Elizabeth I and of Jacobitism in decline. My last book, Imperial Characters, connects with both my current work on monarchy and with my teaching interests. I continue to write on 18th-century gender issues, with recent articles and papers on Austen, Wollstonecraft, Burney, and Pope.


Imperial Characters: Home and Periphery in Eighteenth-Century Literature (Bucknell Univ Press 2010).

Jane Austen and Narrative Authority (Macmillan 1995).

Women Critics 1660-1820, co-editor (Indiana Univ Press 1995).

Edition of Frances Burney's A Busy Day (Rutgers Univ Press 1984).


Recent Articles and Book Chapters

"Monarchy and the Middle-Period Novels." The Edinburgh Companion to Walter Scott (Edinburgh Univ Press, 2012).

"Re-Writing Radicalism: Mary Wollstonecraft in Frances Burney's The Wanderer (Eighteenth-Century Fiction 2012).

"Reading the Metropole: Elizabeth Hamilton's Letters of a Hindoo Rajah" in Enlightening Romanticism, Romancing the Enlightenment: British
Novels from 1750 to 1832 (Ashgate 2009).

"Thinking Globally: The Talisman and The Surgeon's Daughter" in Approaches to Teaching Walter Scott (MLA 2009).

" '...it must be done in London': The Suburbanization of Highbury" (Persuasions 2007).

"Frances Burney as Dramatist" in The Cambridge Companion to Frances Burney (Cambridge Univ Press 2007).

" '...about savages and the awfulness of America': Colonial Corruption in Humphry Clinker (Eighteenth-Century Fiction 2005).

"Filming Romance: Persuasion" (Jane Austen on Screen 2003) "The Elephant's Foot and the British Mouth: Walter Scott on Imperial Discourse" (European Romantic Review 2002)

""This Right of Mercy':  The Royal Pardon In Scott's The Heart of Midlothian."  Yearbook of English Studies 47 (2017)

"History as Heuristic in The Wanderer."  The Burney Journal 14 (2017)

"Burney and Empire."  The Burney Journal 15 (2018)

"'To One Thing Constant':  The Passion of Pope's Eloisa."  Eighteenth-Century Theory and Interpretation 56.4 (2015)