Alice Tweedy McGrath
Dissertation Advisor(s): Toni Bowers
"Patchwork Fictions: Imagining Intimacy Beyond the Marriage Plot"
Postdoctoral Fellow for Accessibility, Logistics & Access Services, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, University of Pennsylvania
(B.A., English, French, New York University, 2008; M.A., English, University of Pennsylvania, 2011)
I am currently completing a dissertation that charts how eighteenth-century women writers experimented with narrative form in order to critique the marriage plot and other dominant forms of domestic fiction. "Patchwork fiction" is a sub-genre of episodic and discontinuous texts that reformulate the telos-focused plots in which marriage or seduction become the only imaginable end for women's stories. Instead, these fictions valorize friendship, singlehood, and imagine utopian communities.
My research and teaching interests include eighteenth-century literature and culture, women writers, queer studies, questions of genre and form, material text methodologies, and digital humanities.
In the past I have served as coordinator of the Restoration-Victorian Reading Group and as Treasurer of the Graduate English Association. I am currently the Senior Fellow and Project Manager for the Early Novel Database, a descriptive metadata project cataloging fiction from 1660-1830. For the 2015-2016 school year I will serve as Graduate Research Assistant for the Penn Humanities Forum on Sex.