Alison Conway
Alison Conway

Dr. Alison Conway
Faculty of Creative & Critical Studies | IKE Barber School of Arts & Sciences
Professor, English and Gender and Women Studies
The University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus
ART 272, 1147 Research Road
Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7

T: 250 807-9701



In 2018, I started teaching at UBCO after twenty-three years at the University of Western Ontario. My areas of expertise include the literary and cultural history of the long eighteenth-century in Britain, narrative studies, and gender and sexuality theory. I am the author of two books: Private Interests: Women, Portraiture, and the Visual Culture of the English Novel, 1709-1791 (2001) and The Protestant Whore: Courtesan Narrative and Religious Controversy in England, 1680-1750 (2010). I am co-editor, with Mary Helen McMurran, of Mind, Body, Motion, Matter: Eighteenth-Century British and French Literary Perspectives (2016).  

My current research focuses on interfaith marriage and the eighteenth-century novel. This project, tentatively titled, Sacred Engagements: Religious Toleration, Interfaith Marriage, and the British Novel, 1750-1820, examines how authors of the period approached controversies around faith and authority in narratives about the family. The cultural commentary sustained by the novel on this subject, I suggest, provides a window into our understanding of religious freedom, toleration, and the status of women in the age of Enlightenment. Essays relating to this project have appeared in LICO, Lumen, Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, and Reflections on Sentiment: Essays in Honour of George Starr. You can listen to a UBCO Library Frequencies podcast about my current research here.

When I’m not writing books or teaching classes or helping out around the university, you can find me running, swimming, biking, or reading contemporary fiction. Since 2017, I’ve been writing, as a guest contributor for the blog, Fit is a Feminist Issue, about how my late immersion into the world of sport has shaped my thinking about feminism, politics, and the body.


I’m the partner of a university administrator and we’re parents of a son and a daughter, now young adults. My children have taught me a lot and I’ve written about those lessons here.



Courses, 2018-19

ENGL 150.005 Introduction to Literary Genre Winter Term 1 (Sept 2018-Dec 2018) 

ENGL 433.001 The English Novel in the Long Eighteenth Century Winter Term 2 (Jan 2019-April 2019)

GWST 235 Laughing Feminisms: Gender and Humour Winter Term 1 (Sept 2018-Dec 2018)

GWST 435 Women and Religion Winter Term 2 (Jan 2019-April 2019)


Last reviewed shim9/5/2018 10:25:07 AM