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Manushag (Nush) Powell

Associate Professor

Ph.D., 2006, UCLA

Office: HEAV 437


18th Century British Literature

Professor Powell’s research interests include the rise of the professional author in England, periodical and essay writing, British women writers, gender and authorship, genre and literature, performance and literature, and the oriental tale in England.  Her teaching interests are in British literature and culture of the long eighteenth century, genre and culture, novels and other forms of prose writing, and British drama.

Manushag (Nush) Powell joined the Purdue University English department in the fall of 2007, coming from a visiting assistant professor position at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA.  She earned her Ph.D. (2006) and MA (2003) in English from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her BA in English from Yale University in 1999. Her book, Performing Authorship in Eighteenth-Century English Periodicals, was published in 2012 as part of the Transits: Literature, Thought, & Culture 1650-1850 series at Bucknell University Press.

Selected publications:

Honors, Grants, Fellowships:

  • Chawton House Library Visiting Fellowship, Hampshire, UK, August 2012
  • Teaching for Tomorrow Fellowship Awards Program, Office of the Provost, Purdue University, 2010-2011
  • Midwest Modern Language Association Fellow, Newberry Library, 2009
  • Frederick A. and Marion S. Pottle Fellowship, Beinecke Library, Yale University, February 2009
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship, Huntington Library, San Marino, July 2005
  • Lewis Walpole Library Fellowship, Yale University, New Haven, May 2005
  • Clark Library / Center for Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Studies Dissertation Fellowship, University of California, Los Angeles, 2004-5

Teaching Awards:

  • Department of English, Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award (2008, 2009, 2011)
  • Department of English, Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award (2008, 2010, 2012)
  • College of Liberal Arts Departmental Award for Educational Excellence for 2012-2013

Current & Recent Courses:

  • Scholarly Writing and Publishing
  • Courtship and Captivity: The Novel Across the Atlantic (team-taught with Derek Pacheco)
  • Pirates of the Long Eighteenth Century
  • British Drama from the Restoration Onwards
  • Tories and Jacob*tches: British Women Writers of the Restoration and Early Eighteenth Century
  • The Rise of the Novel
  • The Literary Gothic
  • The British Novel
  • Eighteenth-Century Literature
  • Ways of Reading
  • Survey of British Literature, 1800-Present