Areas of Interest: Victorian Fiction and Autobiography, Empire Studies, Narratology, Women’s Writing, and Literary Theory
Office: PAHB 410
Office Number: 410-455-2166
Jean Fernandez, Associate Professor of English and Department Chair, received her PhD from the University of Iowa, where she was a Seashore Dissertation Fellow and a Freda Dixon Malone scholar.
Dr. Fernandez has presented her work internationally and is currently working on her second book project tentatively titled, “The Poetics of Imperial Space: Geography and the Literary Imagination in Nineteenth-Century Imperial Fiction.”
Victorian Servants, Class, and the Politics of Literacy
In this volume, Fernandez brings the under-examined figure of the Victorian servant out of obscurity in order to tell the story of his or her encounter with literacy, as imagined and represented in nineteenth-century fiction, autobiography, pamphlets and diaries. The study reads canonical fiction by Mary Wollstonecraft, Emily Bronte, Elizabeth Gaskell, Wilkie Collins, and R.L. Stevenson alongside popular detective fiction by Catherine Crowe, the diaries of Hannah Cullwick, and best-selling pamphlets of the age.