Margaret Reeves

Margaret Reeves

Margaret Reeves
Assistant Professor, English
Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
The University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus
CCS169, 1148 Research Road
Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7

T: 250.807.9639
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E: margaret.reeves@ubc.ca

Teaching | Research | Publications

Margaret Reeves earned a B.A.(Hons) and M.A. in English Literature at York University, and received her Ph.D. in English at the University of Toronto in 2004. While doing doctoral studies at the U of T she also completed the University of Toronto’s Collaborative Graduate Program in Women’s Studies. Dr. Reeves taught full-time at York University in English and Humanities before joining the faculty at UBCO in 2007. Her research on political discourse in early modern women’s prose narratives is informed by her interests in the relationship between literature and politics in seventeenth-century England and in the social semiotics of early modern satire.

Teaching

ENGL 151 004   Critical Studies in Literature
ENGL 212 001  Studies in Children's Literature

ENGL 349B 001 17th Centure Studies - Milton

ENGL 497A 001 
Honours Seminar
ENGL 522H 001
Topics in Genre Studies - Children's Fiction
IGS 530C 001   The Politics of Innocence;  Myths of Innocence and Identity

Research Interests

My research on early modern women’s writing and literary history addresses the relationship between literary texts and the dominant social and political cultures in which literary works and historical narratives of literary history are produced. My work on early modern women writers emphasizes their interest in and engagement with public politics, even in writings that are presented as autobiographical. This research can itself be contextualized within the broader recuperative project central to feminist literary studies that is continuing to recover, revalue, and document the contributions of English women writers to literary, cultural, and political history. I am also interested in the politics of innocence as it pertains to ideas of childhood and children’s literature.

Research Areas

  • Nation, Empire, and Gender in Early Modern English Prose Romance
  • Seventeenth-Century Literature and Politics
  • Early Modern Women’s Writing
  • Early Modern Satire
  • History of the Novel
  • The Politics of Innocence

Publications

Books

Mark Crane, Richard Raiswell, and Margaret Reeves, eds., Shell Games: Studies in Scams, Frauds, and Deceits (1300-1650). Toronto: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2004.

Articles and Chapters

"Writing to Posterity: Margaret Cavendish's ‘A True Relation of my Birth, Breeding and Life’ (1656) as an ‘Autobiographical Relazione.’" Renaissance and Reformation / Renaissance et Réforme. Special Issue: Things Not Easily Believed: Introducing the Early Modern Relation. Ed. by Tom Cohen and Germaine Warkentin. Intro. by Natalie Zemon Davis. 34.1-2 (2011): 183-206.

"History, Satire, and Fiction by British Women Writers in the Seventeenth-Century." History of British Women's Writing. Vol. 3 (1610-1690). Ed. Mihoko Suzuki. New York: Palgrave, 2011. 204-218.

"From Manuscript to Printed Text: Telling and Retelling the History of Edward II." The Literary Career and Legacy of Elizabeth Cary, 1613-1680. Ed. Heather Wolfe. New York: Palgrave, 2007. 125-44.

"History, Fiction, and Political Identity: Heroic Rebellion in Aphra Behn's Love-Letters Between a Nobleman and His Sister and Oroonoko." 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era 8 (2003): 269-94.

"Telling the Tale of The Rise of the Novel." Clio: A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History 30.1 (Fall 2000): 25-49.

"Textual, Contextual, and Ideological Contradictions in Elizabeth Gaskell's Cranford." English Studies in Canada 23.4 (December 1997): 389-407.

"Simone de Beauvoir and the Writing of Contemporary Feminist Theory: Rich, Butler, and The Second Sex." Simone de Beauvoir Studies: Simone de Beauvoir and Women Writers throughout the Centuries 10 (1993): 159-64.

Reviews

Review of Sex and Satiric Tragedy in Early Modern England, by Gabriel A. Rieger. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, 2009. Renaissance Quarterly 64.4 (Winter 2011): 1334-1336.

Review of Early Modern Women Poets: An Anthology, ed. by Jane Stevenson and Peter Davidson (Oxford: Oxford UP, 2001), for University of Toronto Quarterly, 75.4 (2006): 979-83.

Recent Conference Papers

"The Politics of Men’s Speech in Mary Wroth’s Urania." Presented at the Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies, CFHSS Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. University of New Brunswick, Fredericton. May 28, 2011.

"Men Addressing Women in Mary Wroth’s Urania." Presented on a panel entitled "Men Addressing Women in Early Seventeenth-Century France and England" at the Sixteenth-Century Studies Conference. Montreal, Oct. 15, 2010.

"Writing to Posterity: Confronting Truth in Margaret Cavendish's ‘A True Relation of my Birth, Breeding and Life’ (1656)." Presented at the Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies, CFHSS Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Concordia University, Montreal. May 30, 2010.

"Fantasy, Empire, and Romance in Aphra Behn's Love-Letters Between a Nobleman and his Sister. Presented at the Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Meeting. University of Ottawa. Nov. 6, 2009.

"Elizabeth Cary’s Extant Manuscript Histories of Edward II." Presented at the Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies, CFHSS Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Carleton University, Ottawa. May 25, 2009.

"The Idea of ‘Relation" in Margaret Cavendish’s "A True Relation of my Birth, Breeding and Life." Presented at "An Invitational Workshop: The Early Modern "Relation" -- Family Tree and Hermeneutics. Organized by Tom Cohen, York University and Germaine Warkentin, Emeritus, University of Toronto. Held at Victoria College, University of Toronto, April 18, 2009.

"History, Satire, and Narrative by British Women Writers in the Seventeenth-Century." Presented at the Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies, CFHSS Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, June 2, 2008.

"Writing Rebellious Femininity: Republican Women in Aphra Behn's Fiction." Presented on a panel entitled "Women, Politics, and Political Writing in Seventeenth-Century England," sponsored by the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women at the Renaissance Society of America Conference. Chicago, Apr. 4, 2008.

"Gender and Political Discourse in Restoration Women’s Prose Narratives." Presented at the Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference. Winnipeg, Oct. 18, 2007.

"Strange Bedfellows: Cavendish, Milton, and Seventeenth‑Century Politics." Presented at the International Margaret Cavendish Society. University of Sheffield, Sheffield, U.K., June 29, 2007.

"Rewriting as Revision: Elizabeth Cary's Manuscript Histories of Edward II in Context." Presented to the Renaissance English Text Society panel, "Early Modern Women's Manuscripts," at the Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference. Miami, Florida, March 24, 2007.

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