Victoria Barnett-Woods

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Victoria Barnett-Woods is a doctoral candidate with a research focus on long-eighteenth century transatlantic literature, geographically targeting her research on the Caribbean. Her dissertation, “Reading the West Indies: Empire, Slavery and the Rise of the Novel,” argues that the imperial history of the Caribbean has directly contributed to the rise of the novel as a form. She has been recently published in Women’s Studies, and has a review article forthcoming in New Perspectives on the Eighteenth Century. Outside of her research and teaching, she volunteers as a membership coordinator and institutional liaison for the Coordinating Council for Women in History and also dedicates time to instructing second-language learners at GW. She has been the recipient of a number of awards, including two teaching awards and a research fellowship to the Bodleian Library at Oxford University.

Academic Interests:

Eighteenth-century Caribbean history and literature (English, Spanish, French); the history of slave-trade abolition and emancipation; pirate studies; the history of the novel; African diaspora; translation; empire studies; genre studies.   


Non-academic Interests:

Working with international students; travelling; playing with animals; baking and eating cookies; bicycling