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Marcie Frank, PhD

Professor, English

Marcie Frank, PhD
Office: S-LB 653-6 
J.W. McConnell Building,
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2356
Website(s): View my bookshelf page

I am currently completing a book called "The Novel and the Repertory 1680-1814" that investigates the reciprocal relations between the novel and the stage in 18th- century England. Major authors include Rochester, Richardson, Fielding, Burney, Godwin and Inchbald.
I am also researching and writing about the manifold cultural representations of Richard Nixon since Watergate in a project whose working title is "Crapola!" Cultural representations of Nixon suggest that the fate of the middlebrow is more important than has been assumed by various theories of postmodernism that have posited as one of its hallmarks a disconnect between class and culture. In this project, I explore the correlations between the fate of middlebrow culture and the politics of resentment.


BA Double Major  in English and Philosophy, Barnard College 1982
PhD in English, The Johns Hopkins University 1991 

Research and teaching interests

Restoration and Eighteenth-century British literature and culture
Gender and sexuality
Post-1945 American literature and media (esp. film and television) 

Selected publications


The Novel Stage: Narrative Form from the Comedy of Manners to Melodrama (under revision for Bucknell UP)

This Distracted Globe: Worldmaking in Early Modern Literature Coedited with Jonathan Goldberg and Karen Newman. Fordham University Press, 2016  

How to be an Intellectual in the Age of TV: The Lessons of Gore Vidal
  in the Public Planet series, Duke University Press, 2005

Gender, Theatre and the Origins of Criticism from Dryden to Manley, Cambridge University Press, 2003

Selected essays

“Cooper’s Queer Objects,” Angelaki23:1 (February 2018) 131-143. 


“Dramatizing Historical Distance,” Journal of the Canadian Historical Association(2015) new series 26:2, 11-20.


“Melodrama and the Politics of Literary Form in Elizabeth Inchbald,” Eighteenth-Century Fiction  27: 3-4 (2015) 707-30.


“Frances Burney’s Theatricality,” ELH82:2 (2015) 615-35.


“At the Intersection of Mode, Media and Genre: A Dossier of Essays on Melodrama,” Criticism55.4 (Fall) 2013, 535-45.


“Drama Theory, the Division of Knowledge and the Emergence of the Aesthetic: Response to Michael McKeon’s The Secret History of Domesticity” History Compass10/9 (2012) 667-676.

"Chasing Sleep" in (Tell) Laura (I Love Her) V. 2 (2010)

“Walpole’s Theatricality” in  “Beyond Otranto,” a special section of 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era V. 16 (2009) 309-327.

“Marivaux: Go-Between,” Cahiers Charles V 45 (2008) 69-85.

"Fairy Time from Shakespeare to Scott" in Enlightenment Shakespeare eds. Paul Yachnin and Peter Sabor (Ashgate, 2008) 103-120

"The First and the Last: On Susan Sontag" Synoptique 7 (Feb 14) 2005

“Horace Walpole’s Family Romances,” Modern Philology 100:3 (February) 2003, 417-435.

Research activities

Recent and forthcoming publications

"Drama Theory, the Division of Knowledge and the Emergence of the Aesthetic: Response to Michael McKeon's Secret History of Domesticity" in History Compass 10:9 (2012) 667-676.

I edited a special issue of Criticism 55:4 (2013) devoted to Melodrama and Media, for which I wrote an introductory essay, "Melodrama at the interface of genre and media" (535-45)

"Frances Burney's Theatricality" ELH 82.2 (Summer) 2015

"Melodrama and the Politics of Literary Form in Elizabeth Inchbald," Eighteenth-Century Fiction 27: 3-4 (Spring-Summer) 2015, 736-758

This Distracted Globe: World-making in Early Modern Literature co-edited with Jonathan Goldberg and Karen Newman (forthcoming from Fordham University Press, 2015).

Other activities

 I am a member of the FQRSC team grant, "L'histoire du roman," based out of the French department at McGill.

Since 2010, I have been the Director of Concordia's Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture (CISSC).

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