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Mary Mullen

Mullen, Mary
 

Assistant Professor | Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison

Office: 421
Email: mary.mullen@ttu.edu
Website: marymullen.me
Areas of Specialization and Interest
British Literature, Irish Studies, Ethnic/Postcolonial Studies, Cultural Studies, Women and Gender Studies, Narrative Theory

Awards
Book in Progress
Book Chapters
Articles
Book Reviews

 
 

 Awards

  • Moore Institute Visiting Fellowship, NUI-Galway, July 2014

 Book in Progress

In Real Time: Institutions, Anachronisms and the Nineteenth-Century Novel

In Real Time redefines realism through the contradiction between its institutional and anachronistic aesthetics. Realism conceals historical time by mediating the past and future so that we imagine them in terms of already-existing political and social institutions. But realism's pervasive anachronisms—its out-of-date, even regressive characters, confused chronologies, and prevalent narrative anachronies—paradoxically introduce historicity to institutions that work to conceal it. Challenging the solidity of a historical and social reality defined by institutions, anachronisms insist on a heterogeneous historical time open to unknown futures.  In Real Time centers the 'failed' Irish novel as an exemplar of realism's contradictions, offering new readings of canonical novels by Elizabeth Gaskell, George Eliot, and Charles Dickens alongside lesser-known Irish novels. Creating a new transnational literary history, the book argues that realism locates its opposition to institutions in the very anachronisms that institutional time creates. 

Book Chapters

  • "In Search of Shared Time: National Imaginings in Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South." Place, Progress, and Personhood in the Works of Elizabeth Gaskell. Ed. Emily Morris, Sarina Gruver Moore, Lesa Scholl. Ashgate Publishing Ltd. Forthcoming 2015.

Articles

  •  “Anachronistic Aesthetics: Maria Edgeworth and the Uses of History” Eighteenth-Century Fiction. 26.2 (January 2014): 233-59.
  • “Untimely Development, Ugly History: A Drama In Muslin And The Rejection Of National-Historical Time.” Victoriographies. 3.2. (November 2013): 161-183.
  • “Two Clocks: Aurora Leigh, Poetic Form, and the Politics of Timeliness.” Victorian Poetry. 51.1. (Spring 2013):63-80. 

Book Reviews