Texas Tech University

Later British Literature - Faculty

The following faculty conduct research and routinely teach courses in British literature after 1700:

Bruce Clarke (Ph.D. SUNY Buffalo, 1980) specializes in literature and science from the 19th century to the present, with special interests in systems theory and narrative theory. His book publications include Allegories of Writing: The Subject of Metamorphosis; Dora Marsden and Early Modernism: Gender, Individualism, Science; Energy Forms: Allegory and Science in the Era of Classical Thermodynamics; Posthuman Metamorphosis: Narrative and Systems; co-edited with Linda Dalrymple Henderson, the essay collection From Energy to Information: Representation in Science and Technology, Art, and Literature; and, co-edited with Mark Hansen, the collection Emergence and Embodiment: New Essays in Second-Order Systems Theory. His current book project, Systems Countercultures, examines American systems discourses since the Whole Earth Catalog. With Manuela Rossini, he is currently preparing the Routledge Companion to Literature and Science for release in 2010.

Marta Kvande (Ph.D. Delaware, 2002) specializes in eighteenth-century British literature, with particular interests in women writers, the history of the novel, narrative, the Gothic, and the history of the book.  She has published articles on Eliza Haywood, Jane Barker, and Delarivi√®re Manley in SEL and The Eighteenth-Century Novel and has co-edited the collection Everyday Revolutions: Eighteenth Century Women Transforming Public and Private.  Her article on eighteenth-century theories of reading in Charlotte Lennox's The Female Quixote  is forthcoming in the collection Masters of the Marketplace: British Women Novelists of the 1750s.  Her current projects include a book manuscript titled "Narrating Power: Politics and the Public Sphere in Eighteenth-Century Women's Novels."

Marjean D. Purinton (Ph.D. Texas A&M) is Professor of English and Affiliated Faculty, Women's Studies Program. A member of the Texas Tech University Teaching Academy, Dr. Purinton is the recipient of a President's Excellence in Teaching Award as well as numerous other recognitions for her pedagogy and administrative service.

Dr. Purinton's scholarly expertise lies in British Romanticism, especially the period's drama and women writers. She was one of a handful of faculty internationally that helped to re-establish and legitimize British Romanticism drama in the canon, in scholarship, in pedagogy, and in performance. She is the author of Romantic Ideology Unmasked: The Mentally Constructed Tyrannies in Dramas of William Wordsworth, Lord Byron, Percy Shelley, and Joanna Baillie and the anticipated Staging Ghosts and Grotesques: British Romantic Techno-Gothic Drama. She has written over 50 essays and book chapters.

Dr. Purinton has served as President of the International Conference on Romanticism and as a member of the Board of Directors for the National Collegiate Honors Council. In 2010, she hosted the annual meeting of the International Conference on Romanticism at Texas Tech University. She has been a member of the editing boards for the online project British Women Playwright around 1800, for the Doomsday: The Journal of the Thomas Lovell Beddoes Society, and The South Central Review.

A member of the Advisory Board for the Women's Studies Program, Dr. Purinton teaches Feminist Thought and Theories, a senior/graduate course she piloted at Texas Tech University. In addition to directing graduate work in British Romanticism, she sits on thesis and dissertation committees as an expert in feminist theory. Because her teaching and scholarship are interdisciplinary, she can serve as a resource for students interested in feminism, drama, pedagogy as well as eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature.

Alison Rukavina (Ph.D. University of Alberta, 2007) specializes in nineteenth-century British and colonial literature and print culture. She published The Development of the International Book Trade, 1870-1895: Tangled Networks in 2010 with Macmillan and is currently writing her second book on iconic Canadian Mountie Sam Steele and the dysfunctional publishing history of his memoir, as well as putting together an online exhibit on Sam Steele. She has published on the nineteenth-century international book trade, nineteenth-century Australian and British book trades, Canadian print culture and book history, social network theory, and author/publisher relations. 

Jen Shelton (Ph.D. Vanderbilt, 1995) has published essays on incest as a narrative structure in works of Joyce, Woolf and Nabokov and, in 2006 published her first book,  Joyce and the Narrative Structure of Incest (U of Florida Press).

William Wenthe (Ph.D. Virginia 1992) has written two books of poems, Not Till We Are Lost and Birds of Hoboken. He has published poems in journals including Poetry, TriQuarterly, The Georgia Review, and The Southern Review, and he is the librettist of Bellini's War, a full-length opera produced at Texas Tech.  In addition, he teaches 20th Century British Poetry and has written articles on Yeats, H. D., poetic form and literary theory.  His awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Texas Commission on the Arts as well as two Pushcart Prizes.