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Dr. Michelle Faubert

Office: 633 Fletcher Argue
Phone: (204) 474-8142
Email: Michelle.Faubert@umanitoba.ca


Dr. Michelle Faubert

SSHRC Postdoctoral fellowship (University of Western Ontario)
PhD (University of Toronto)
MA (University of Regina)
BA Hons. (University of Regina)

Recent Courses:

  • The Romantic Novel
  • Wollstonecraft and Early Feminism (honours and grad)
  • Romantic Suicide (grad)
  • Romantic Medicine (grad)
  • Literature of the Romantic Period
  • The Cultural Construction of Madness (honours and grad)
  • Writing Romantic Women (fiction on women by Romantic-era female writers)
  • Religion and Spirituality in the Western Literary Tradition
  • Representative Literary Works
  • Fiction, 1832-1900 (U of Toronto)
  • The Romantic Long Poem

Areas of Specialization:

Romanticism; representations of suicide; history of psychiatry; historical feminism; literature of Sensibility; literature and medicine/science; Foucauldian theory; Mary Wollstonecraft; Mary Shelley; Granville Sharp; New Historicism; Scottish Enlightenment; constructions of identity; madness in literature; early abolition

Recent Awards:

  • University of Manitoba Merit Awards for Teaching and Research (Combined) ($3,000) (2019 and 2013)
  • 2015-20 SSHRC Insight Grant, “Romanticism and Revolutionary Suicide” ($145,697)
  • Gerda Henkel Stiftung Research Scholarship (2014-2016)
  • Visiting Fellow, Northumbria University (2010-2016)
  • University of Manitoba Merit Award for Teaching and Research (Combined) (2013)
  • Faculty of Arts Teaching Excellence Award: Probationary Faculty category (2012)
  • Association of Commonwealth Universities Titular Fellowship (2010-2011)
  • RH Research Award, U of M (2010)

Major Publications:

Recent articles and essays:

  • “Calvinism, Enthusiasm, and Suicide: The Regulation of Subjectivity in the Romantic Period.” Studies in the Literary Imagination 51.1 (2020; 2018 issue): 79-102. (peer/blind reviewed)
  • Invited: “Werther Goes Viral: Suicidal Contagion, Anti-Vaccination, and Infectious Sympathy.” Literature and Medicine. 34. 2 (2016) 389-418. (Johns Hopkins UP; 11,500 words). http://muse.jhu.edu/article/647762/pdf
  • “Granville Sharp’s Manuscript Letter to the Admiralty on the Zong Massacre: A New Discovery in the British Library” Slavery & Abolition (Summer 2016): http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/0144039X.2016.1206285
  • “The Fictional Suicides of Mary Wollstonecraft.” Literature Compass 12.12 (2015): 652-9.
  • “The Wollstonecraftian Plot: Female Suicide as Slave Protest.” Romantic Bodyscapes: Embodied Selves, Embodied Spaces and Legible Bodies in the Romantic Age. Ed. Gerold Sedlmayr. Schriften zur Englischen Romantik. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2015. 123-44.)
  • “Romantic Suicide, Contagion, and Rousseau’s Julie.” Romanticism, Rousseau, Switzerland: New Prospects. Ed. Diane Piccitto, Angela Esterhammer, and Patrick Vincent.  Houndsmills: Palgrave, 2015. 38-53.
  • “In ‘Her Father’s House’: Women as Property in Wollstonecraft’s Mary.” Patriarchal Moments. Ed. Cesare Cuttica and Gaby Mahlberg. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015. 123-30.
  • "A Family Affair: Ennobling Suicide in Mary Shelley’s Matilda." Essays in Romanticism 20.7 (2013): 101-28.

Lectures and Public Talks:

  • Frankenreads; a celebration of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; with my Postdoctoral Fellow, Bryn Jones Square; the U of Manitoba University Centre Student Art Gallery; 31 October 2018
  • Invited: Co-author (with my Postdoctoral Fellow, Bryn Jones Square) of card descriptions for museum exhibition of works “by the author of Frankenstein”; Wordsworth Trust; invited by Jeff Cowton, Director and Curator of Wordsworth Museum and Dove Cottage; Grasmere, UK, 4 August 2018
  • The Lost Letter and the Zong Massacre: Murder, Protest and . . . Suicide? An exhibition of a newly discovered manuscript letter by Granville Sharp to the Admiralty on the Zong murders (1783); 19-part display, including high-quality scans of the letter I discovered at the British Library and my transcription and examination of key passages, two title posters, and biography/research poster; exhibition launch date 11 May 2017 at the Institute of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica

 Recent/Current Supervisions:

  • M.A. thesis Supervisor, Dept. of English, Film, and Theatre; student: Liam Rockall
  • Ph. D. Supervisor, Dept. of English, Film, and Theatre; student: Grace Paizen; funded Through and contributor to my SSHRC IG project (“Romanticism and Revolutionary Suicide); I also obtained GETS funding for this student; 2016-present
  • Ph. D. co-supervisor, Dept. of English, Film, and Theatre (with Distinguished Professor George Toles); student: Barbara (Kristy) Cameron; funded through and contributor to my SSHRC IG project (“Romanticism and Revolutionary Suicide); I also obtained GETS funding for this student 2016-present
  • Ph. D. Internal-External Committee member; Michele Lemonius; Peace and Conflict Studies; involved with candidacy exam (questions, written, oral defence), proposal defense, thesis writing and defense
  • M.A. Second Reader (DEFT): David Shaw, “Entanglement and Responsibility in Karen Barad’s Agential Realism” (defense 2017)
  • M.F.A. External Committee member: Hassan Kamali Jamil (defense June 2017)

Other publications:

Recent research in the media:

  • Interview on my Phi Beta Kappa 27th Annual Lecture, “The Zong Slave-Ship Massacre: New Discovery in the British Library” at Eastern Illinois University; WEIU Radio, Morning Mix with Robert Calhoun and Callie Luttman; 14 November 2017: mp3 file
  • “Black River Schoolchildren Witness Zong”; 28 May 2017; Jamaica Gleaner
  • “Talking History” radio interview on Nationwide 90 FM with Prof. Verene Shepherd (University of West Indies, United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)); on the Zong massacre, the British Library letter I discovered by Granville Sharp, and my talks in Jamaica; 20 May 2017
  • “Smile Jamaica” television interview on the Zong massacre and British Library letter I discovered by Granville Sharp; Television Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica; 10 May 2017
  • “CVM at Sunrise” television interview television interview on the Zong massacre and British Library letter I discovered by Granville Sharp; CVM Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica; 11 May 2017
  • On-camera interview on the Zong massacre and reparations with Earl Moxam, Jamaican Journalist of the Year (2010); Black River, Jamaica; 9 May 2017

Selected service to the profession:

  • SSHRC Grants Adjudication Committee
  • Editorial Board for English (Oxford UP), Journal of the English Association
  • Editorial Board for Essays in Romanticism (home journal for International Conference on Romanticism; Liverpool UP)
  • Regional Officer (North America), Commission on Literature and Science


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