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Heather Marcovitch Ph.D

Discipline/Program
Humanities & Social Sciences
English
Phone
403.342.3375
Biography

Heather Marcovitch teaches Victorian Literature, Children’s Literature, and Literary Theory, as well as first-year English courses. She is the author of numerous works in late nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century British literature with a scholarly focus on the Victorian fin de siècle, the period from 1880-1905. Her publications include a scholarly book on Oscar Wilde and performance theory, and articles on Wilde’s fairy tales, productions of Oscar Wilde plays at the Shaw Festival, and on representations of Wilde in modern drama and film. She has also published articles on The Yellow Book and the history of its reception, Christopher Isherwood and his 1930s Berlin stories, and is currently working on an essay about New Woman author Ella D’Arcy and her use of humor as feminist critique. Her specific research focuses on the 1890s periodical The Yellow Book and its contributors, Oscar Wilde, the New Woman, decadence, and Victorian homosexuality. Her scholarly work also the development of Ethical Criticism and its relationship to educational theories, socialism, and literature. She is currently working on a book-length project about the editorship of The Yellow Book and its promotion of diverse voices in the 1890s, and has been the recipient of internal and external grants to support her work. She has also written articles on popular culture with a focus on television studies and has co-edited two books on the subject. Dr. Marcovitch is the founding editor of the Agora journal, the undergraduate publication of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Education

Ph.D. English, University of Florida
M.A. English, University of Vermont
B.A. Honours English, Concordia University

Main Areas of Teaching

Victorian Literature, Children's Literature, Literacy Theory, Essay Composition, Literacy Analysis

Scholarly Activity

Selected Publications (books)

  • Mad Men, Women and Children: Essays on Gender and Generation, co-edited with Nancy E. Batty. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2012; paperback ed., 2014.
  • American Remakes of British Television: Transformations and Mistranslations, co-edited with Carlen Lavigne. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2011. 
  • The Art of the Pose: Oscar Wilde’s Performance Theory. New York: Peter Lang, 2010. 

Selected Publications (articles)

  • “White Magic, Black Humour: Ella D’Arcy’s Strategic Wit.” In progress for publication in Cahiers victoriens et edouardiens, 2022.
  • “The Judas Kiss, Gross Indecency, Velvet Goldmine: The Postmodern Masks of Oscar Wilde.” Quintessential Wilde: His Worldly Place, His Penetrating Philosophy and His Influential Aestheticism, ed. Annette Magid. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars, 2017. 134-54.
  • “Oscar Wilde at the Shaw Festival (Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada).” The OScholars. https://oscholars.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/marcovitch-on-niagara.docx. December 2016.
  •  “The Yellow Book: Reshaping the Fin de Siècle.” Literature Compass 13:2 (2016): 79-87.
  • “Multiverses and Multiversions: Meditations on the Parallel Universes of Fringe.” Remake Television: Reboot, Re-use, Recycle. Ed. Carlen Lavigne. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2014. 53-64.
  • “Dance, Ritual, and Arthur Symons’s London Nights.” ELT: English Literature in Transition 1880-1914 56: 4 (Summer 2013): 462-82.
  •  “Sex, Novels, and the Working Girl: Peggy Olson and Women’s Fiction of the 1960s.” Mad Men: Essays on Gender and Generation. Ed. Heather Marcovitch and Nancy E. Batty. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2012. 3-18.
  • “Memories of Mars: Life on Mars and the Discursive Practices of Memory.” American Remakes of British Television: Transformations and Mistranslations Ed. Carlen Lavigne and Heather Marcovitch. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2011. 173-92.
  • “’The Fisherman and His Soul’ and the Unconscious.” The Oscholars: A Giant’s Garden, special issue on Oscar Wilde’s fairy tales. Ed. Naomi Wood. Spring 2009.
  • “The Obscure Camera: Decadence and Moral Anxiety in Christopher Isherwood’s Goodbye to Berlin.” Decadences: Morality and Aesthetics in British Literature. Ed. Paul Fox. Stuttgart: Ibidem Press, 2006. 323-44.

Selected Publications (book reviews)

  • Review of Arthur Symons’ Spiritual Adventures, ed. Nicholas Freeman, and of Arthur Symons Selected Early Poems, ed. Jane Desmarais and Chris Baldick, The Review of English Studies; doi: 10.1093/res/hgx110 (Summer 2018)
  • Review of Economies of Desire at the Fin de Siècle: Libidinal Lives, ed. Jane Ford, Kim Edwards Keates, and Patricia Pulham. The Review of English Studies 2016; doi: 10.1093/res/hgw085 (Summer 2016).
  • Review of The Decadent Image: The Poetry of Wilde, Symons and Dowson by Kostas Boyiopoulos. Victorian Review 41:2 (Fall 2015): 208-10.

Conference Presentations 

  • “Felix Adler, Ethical Culture, and the Golden City,” presented at “Singing from the Margins? The World of Victorian Hymns,” part of Victorian Materialisms, an online series of roundtables hosted by the Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada (VSAWC), October 2020. (panel co-organizer)
  • “Ella D’Arcy’s Pleasure Pilgrims: The Experience of Single Women in Her Letters and Stories,” presented at Victorian Stakes: The Annual Conference of the Victorian Interdisciplinary Association of the Western United States (VISAWUS), Seattle, Washington, November 2019.
  • The Yellow Book, The Cromwell Road Set, and Henry Harland’s Imagined Jewish Sociability,” presented at Victorian Sociability: The Annual Conference of the Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada (VSAWC), Calgary, Alberta, May 2019.
  • “The Jewish Education of Henry Harland,” presented at Victorian Education: Joint Conference of the Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies of the Western United States (VISAWUS) and the Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada (VSAWC), Vancouver, B.C., April 2017.
  • “George Egerton and Radical Friendship,” presented at George Egerton and the Fin de Siècle, Loughborough University, U.K., April 2017.
  • “Platonic Friendship and Publishing: George Egerton and John Lane,” presented at Victorian Intimacies: The Annual Conference of the Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada (VSAWC), Winnipeg, Manitoba, April 2016.
  • “The Landscapes of Unnatural Friendships: George Egerton’s Keynotes and Discords,” presented at Natural and Unnatural Histories: The Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies (INCS) Conference, Asheville, North Carolina, March 2016.
  •  “Faces of The Yellow Book: Henry Harland and the Politics of Self-Fashioning,” presented at Victorian Self-Fashioning: The Annual Conference of the Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States (VISAWUS), Denver, Colorado, October 2015.
  • “The Bodley Head and The Yellow Book: Creating a Collector’s Item,” presented at Victorian Collections & Collecting: The Annual Conference of the Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States (VISAWUS), California State University, Fullerton, California, October 2014.
  • “Oscar Wilde Dramatized,” presented at Wilde Days in Paris Symposium, Paris, France, June 2014.
  • “John Lane, Henry Harland, and the Bodley Head Community: Constructing the  Modern Author,” presented at Victorian Communities: The Annual Conference of the Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada (VSAWC), Banff, Alberta, April 2014.
  • “The Postmodern Masks of Oscar Wilde,” presented at the 45th annual conference of the Northeast 
    Modern Language Association (NEMLA), Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, April 2014.
  • “Writing the Modern Performer: The Yellow Book’s Henry Harland and Ella D’Arcy,” presented at Victorian Modernities: The Annual Conference of the Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States (VISAWUS), Portland, Oregon, November 2013.
  • The Yellow Book and the Performing Human,” presented at Victorian Humanity and its Others: The Annual Conference of the Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada (VSAWC), Vancouver, B.C., April 2013.
  • “Christopher Isherwood’s Berlin Stories: Performance, Politics, Poetics,” presented at Reconfiguring Authorship: Research Group on Authorship as Performance Symposium, University of Ghent, Ghent, Belgium, November 2012.
  • “Arthur Symons and the Rituals of the Music Hall,” presented at Performance and Play: 2011 North American Victorian Studies Association Conference (NAVSA), Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, November 2011.

Current Research 

Book in progress: book-length study on the 1890s art and literature periodical The Yellow Book with a specific focus on its literary editors. 

Professional and/or RDC Leadership 

  • Editor and Faculty Supervisor, Agora: Student Conference and Student Writing Awards Journal, 2010-2014, 2017-2020.
  • Student Appeals Committee, Red Deer College, 2020-2022.
  • Students Awards Committee, Red Deer College, 2019-2021.

Professional Memberships

  • Member of the Executive, Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada (VSAWC)
  • Member, Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies of the Western United States (VISAWUS)
  • Member, North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA)

Awards and Honours 

  • Red Deer College Faculty Scholarship Award for two articles: “Oscar Wilde at the Shaw Festival (Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada)” and “The Yellow Book: Reshaping the Fin de Siècle,” 2017.
  • Red Deer College Extended Funding Grant for a course release to write book chapter on Henry Harland, 2017.
  • Red Deer College Extended Funding Grant for research on Oscar Wilde productions at the Shaw Festival, 2016.
  • Kanner Fellowship in British Studies, a 3-month fellowship awarded by the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library at the University of California, Los Angeles, for research in the  archives “Oscar Wilde and His Literary Circle,” Fall 2014.
  • Red Deer College Faculty Scholarship Award for “Dance, Ritual, and Arthur Symons’s London Nights,” 2014.
  • Red Deer College Extended Funding Grant for research on The Yellow Book and on Oscar Wilde, May-June 2014.
  • Nominee for the Association of Canadian Community College Excellence in Teaching Award, 2013
  • Red Deer College Award of Excellence, September 2012, awarded for outstanding teaching and mentoring.
  • Red Deer College Extended Funding Grant for research conducted at the Huntington Library, San Marino, California, August 2012.
  • Red Deer College Faculty Scholarship Award for American Remakes of British Television: Transformations and Mistranslations, 2012.
  • Red Deer College Faculty Scholarship Award for The Art of the Pose: Oscar Wilde’s Performance Theory, 2011.

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