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Department of English
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Carol Flynn
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Education

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley,  English, 1974
M.A., Brown University, American Civilization, 1969
B.A., University of Illinois, Urbana, English, 1967

Biography

I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. I received a BA in English from the University of Illinois, an MA in American Civilization from Brown University, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of California at Berkeley. I spent four years in London, where I worked at the Women's Research and Resources Centre and wrote my book on Richardson. After I moved back to the states, I wrote a mystery set in 1938 in Los Angeles, Washed in the Blood, and began teaching at New York University. After getting tenure at NYU, I moved in 1985 to Boston and Tufts, where I am now Professor of English, Emerita. At Tufts, I have been Graduate Director, Director of American Studies, Director of the Somerville Conversations, and Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. I write academic articles and books and novels (one actually published), like to cook and eat, love dogs, go to the opera, climb hills and hike, particularly in Scotland, where my husband and I have a little cottage on a tidal river that runs into the Solway Firth. My husband and I each have four kids in their early forties. We also have grandchildren, seven girls and one boy. I live in Jamaica Plain with my husband, David Tarbet. When we are not in Scotland, we spend a lot of time in the Arnold Arboretum and at Jamaica Pond.

Research Interests

London in the 18th century. I have been working on a book called "Learning London: How Outsiders become Urban in the Eighteenth Century," for a long time. I keep finding out more, and that keeps me from finishing it. I'm interested in the various ways that people came to London from the country, from other countries (Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Africa, and America) and set out to become "Londonized." To become urban was literally to become nationalized as well, since "London" was the metropolitan center of Britain and Europe. I consult guides, maps, journals, novels and letters in an attempt to locate physically, intellectually and emotionally urban subjects and their progress through the town. I am particularly interested in the social spaces that construct gender, sexuality, class, and racial differences.

I am also interested in working on the 1790's, a time of revolution and counter-revolution in Europe, the Americas, and England. I am particularly interested in Blake, Wollstonecraft, Godwin, also in the Irish Revolution of 1798.

I have several literary works that presently reside in my closet. "The Animals" is a memoir that looks at the way animals have shaped and reflected my family's character. It is comical and tragic. "The Basement Holds up the House" is a gothic study of family relationships. David Tarbet and I have written a mystery set in an assisted living center called "You are Never Too Old to Die."

I have just finished writing "The Burnt Hills," a novel about social change and romantic love in Berkeley, 1969-70. I am sending it out to agents.

I am also interested in working on the 1790's, a time of revolution and counter-revolution in Europe, the Americas, and England. I am particularly interested in Blake, Wollstonecraft, Godwin, also in the Irish Revolution of 1798.

I have finished "The Animals," a memoir that looks at the way animals have shaped and reflected my family's character. It is comical and tragic. I am writing a novel, "The Basement Holds up the House," a gothic study of family relationships.

Courses Taught

  • "The Age of Unreason"
  • "Reason and Revolt"
  • "A Decade of Revolution"
  • "Narrative and American Identity" (a course on immigration narratives that involves service learning in the communities of Somerville and Medford)
  • "Burney and Austen"
  • "Mapping London
  • "Girls' Books"
  • "Romance without Finance is a Nuisance"
  • "The Sentimental Moment"
  • "Writing Lives"

Publication Highlights

Books

  • "Whatever Happened to the Gordon Riots?" Companion to the Eighteenth-Century English Novel and Culture, ed. Paula Backsheider and Catherine Ingrassia, Blackwell Publishing, 2005.
  • Clarissa and Her Readers: New Essays for the Clarissa Project, edited and introduced by Carol Houlihan Flynn and Edward Copeland, AMS Press, 1999.
  • The Body in Swift and Defoe, Cambridge University Press, 1990.
  • Samuel Richardson: A Man of Letters, Princeton University Press, 1982.
  • Washed in the Blood, a novel, Seaview/Putnam Press, 1983.

Articles

  • "Running out of Matter: The Body Exercised in Eighteenth-Century Fiction," The Languages of the Psyches, ed., G. Rousseau, University of California Press, 1990
  • "Closing Down Masterpiece Theater," Eighteenth Century Theory and Interpretation, 1996. Reprinted in Ideology and Form in Eighteenth-Century Literature, edited by David H. Richter, Texas Tech University Press, 1999.
  • "Jane Austen's Letters," The Cambridge Companion to Jane Austen, ed, Edward Copeland and Juliet MacMaster, Cambridge University Press, 1997.
  • "Where the Wild Things Are: Guides to Eighteenth-Century London," Eighteenth-Century Heresies, ed. Pat Rogers, Bucknell University Press, 2002.

Links

  • http://NILS.LIB.tufts.edu. This is the link to the Bolles collection of 18th and 19th century materials, maps, guides, books, about London.