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Manushag (Nush) Powell

Professor; Associate Head of the Department // English

Professor // Comparative Literature // SIS

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Room: HEAV 324A


Ph.D., 2006, UCLA



British Literature


Research Areas:
Professor Powell’s research interests include professional authorship in eighteenth-century England, periodical and essay writing, British women writers, gender and authorship, genre and literature, dragons, and pirates.

ORCID identifier: 0000-0002-9981-2740


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 first 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 and released in paperback in 2014. Her second book, written with Frederick Burwick, is British Pirates in Print and Performance (Palgrave, 2015). Other major works include Women’s Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1690-1820 (Edinburgh 2018), co-edited with Jennie Batchelor, and special issues of the journals Restoration, Humanities, and The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation.

She is the editor of the Broadview Press edition of Daniel Defoe's Captain Singleton.



With eyes on global shipping, fears of pirates abound—but they are misguided: A long history of swashbuckling, romanticized stories has fueled a misunderstanding of piracy.” Washington Post 30 March 2021, 6:00am EDT.

“The Legacy of Stage Dragons and the Monstrous Eighteenth Century.” Eighteenth-Century Fiction 32.3 (2020): 485-498.

“Special Issue on Eliza Haywood.” Ed. Restoration 44.1 (Spring 2020).

“Pirates in English Literature,” co-edited with Claire Jowitt. Special issue of Humanities (2020).

“The Piratical Counterfactual, Piratical Counterfictional: From Misson to Melodrama.” In Counterfactual Romanticism, ed. Damian Walford Davies. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2019. 251-276.

“Criminal Hair and Social Boundaries.” In The Cultural History of Hair in the Age of Enlightenment, ed. Joseph Roach and Margaret K. Powell. New York: Bloomsbury, 2019. 155-170.

“Theatrical, Periodical, Authorial: Frances Brooke’s Old Maid (1755–6).” Women’s Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1690-1820. Ed. Manushag N. Powell and Jennie Batchelor. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2018. 426-439.

“Teaching Jonathan Wild: A Novel for All Classrooms.” Approaches to Teaching the Novels of Henry Fielding. Ed. Elizabeth Kraft and Jennifer Wilson. New York: Modern Language Association 2015. 163-170.

With Frederick Burwick, British Pirates in Print and Performance. New York: Palgrave, 2015.

Eliza Haywood: Periodicalist?” Special Issue: New Approaches to Eliza Haywood: The Political Biography and Beyond. Ed. Amanda Hiner and Patsy Fowler. Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies 14.4 (2014): 185-208.

“Women Readers and the Rise of the Periodical Essay.” A Companion to Long Eighteenth-Century Literature, 1660-1837.  Ed. Robert DeMaria, Jr. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014.  78-94.

“Sensational Subjects: Perceiving an Eighteenth-Century Self,” co-edited with Rivka Swenson, special issue of The Eighteenth-Century: Theory and Interpretation 54.2 (Summer 2013).

Performing Authorship in Eighteenth-Century English Periodicals. Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 2012.

See no Evil, Hear no Evil, Speak no Evil: Spectation and the Eighteenth-Century Public Sphere.” ECS: Eighteenth-Century Studies 45.2 (Winter 2012): 255-76.           

"We Other Periodicalists, or, Why Periodical Studies?" Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature 30.2 (Fall 2011): 441-450.

New Directions in Studies of Eighteenth-Century Periodical Literature.” Literature Compass 8.5 (May 2011): 240-257

Parroting and the Periodical: Women’s Speech, Haywood’s Parrot, and its Antecedents.Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature 27.1 (Spring 2008): 63-92.

Dear Mr. Rambler: Johnson and His Readers in the Epistolary Rambler Essays.SEL: Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 44.3 (Summer 2004): 571-94.



Honors, Grants, Fellowships:

  • University Faculty Scholar, Purdue University, 2013-2018
  • ASPIRE Grant, Purdue University, 2019
  • ASPIRE Grant, Purdue University, 2018
  • ASPIRE Grant, Purdue University, 2017
  • ASPIRE Grant, Purdue University, 2016
  • ASPIRE Grant, Purdue University, 2015
  • PRF International Travel Grant, Purdue University, 2013
  • Visiting Fellowship at Chawton House Library, August 2012
  • Midwest Modern Language Association Fellow, Newberry Library, 2009
  • Frederick A. & Marion S. Pottle Fellowship, Beinecke Library, Yale Univ., Feb. 2009
  • Travel Award, Department of English, University of California, Los Angeles, 2006
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship, Huntington Library, San Marino, July 2005
  • Irving and Jean Stone Dissertation Fellowship, University of Calif., Los Angeles, 2005-06
  • 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, 2004-05

Major Teaching Awards:

  • 2018-19: CLA Outstanding Graduate Teacher Award
  • 2017-18: CLA Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor Award
  • 2016-17: CLA Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award
  • 2016-17: Dept. of English Overall Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award
  • 2015-16: Purdue CLA Kenneth T. Kofmehl Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award
  • 2012-13: College of Liberal Arts Educational Excellence Award in the Dept. of English
  • 2010-11: Teaching for Tomorrow Fellowship, Purdue University

Current & Recent Courses:

  • ENGL 692:     Scholarly Writing and Publishing
  • ENGL 696:     Courtship and Captivity: The Novel Across the Atlantic (team-taught with Prof. Derek Pacheco)
  • ENGL 635:     Pirates of the Long Eighteenth Century
  • ENGL 635:     Eliza Haywood and the Mansplainers
  • ENGL 601:     Teaching Literature at the College Level
  • ENGL 538:     British Drama from the Restoration Onwards
  • ENGL 535:     Tories and Jacob*tches: British Women Writers of the Restoration and Early Eighteenth Century
  • ENGL 531:     The Rise of the Novel
  • ENGL 501:     Introduction to English Studies
  • ENGL 494:     Research Practicum for Undergraduates
  • ENGL 412:     The Literary Gothic
  • ENGL 381:     The British Novel
  • ENGL 335:     Eighteenth-Century Literature
  • ENGL 301:     Ways of Reading
  • ENGL 241:     Survey of British Literature, 1800-Present
  • HONR 299:    Pirates (honors level)!
  • ENGL 232:     Pirates!
  • ENGL 232:     Dragons: Myth and Literature (team-taught with Prof. Dorsey Armstrong)
  • ENGL 217:     Figures of Myth and Legends: Monsters (“Dragons!”; solo-taught)
  • ENGL 590:     Directed Readings in: Survey of British Literature; History and the British Novel; Gothic Romanticism; Devils in Eighteenth-Century British Literature; Dragons: The British Heritage; Black Lives in the Eighteenth Century; Samuel Johnson and the Bluestockings