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Alice Tweedy McGrath

Ph.D. Candidate

2016 Ph.D. Graduate
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
Fisher-Bennett Hall 307

(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. 

Courses Taught

fall 2017

ENGL 101.601 Jane Austen and Adaptation  

spring 2017

ENGL 060.001 Early Novel  

fall 2015

ENGL 250.301 Topics in Romanticism: The Gothic Novel cancelled  

fall 2014

ENGL 103.601 Literary Genres: Chick Lit  

summer 2014

ENGL 101.900 Jane Austen  

fall 2010

ENGL 101.208 Shakespeare Recitation