Manushag (Nush) Powell

Professor // English

Professor // SIS // Comparative Literature

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Ph.D., 2006, UCLA



British Literature

Research Areas:
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 pirates.  Her teaching interests are in British literature and culture of the long eighteenth century, genre and culture, novels and other forms of prose writing, British drama, gothic writing, literature about pirates, and (most recently) dragons.

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).  She is currently at work with Jennie Batchelor on an unprecedented collection of essays on women’s periodicals in the eighteenth century (Edinburgh, 2018), and on a Broadview Press edition of Captain Singleton, by Daniel Defoe.

“Teaching Jonathan Wild: A Novel for All Classrooms.”  Approaches to Teaching the Novels of Henry Fielding.  Ed. Elizabeth Kraft and Jennifer Wilson.  Series: MLA’s Approaches to Teaching World Literature.  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.

Performing Authorship in Eighteenth-Century English PeriodicalsLewisburg: 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.           

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.

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

Honors, Grants, Fellowships:

University Faculty Scholar, Purdue University, 2013-2018Teaching for Tomorrow Fellowship Awards Program, Office of the Provost, Purdue University, 2010-2011Midwest Modern Language Association Fellow, Newberry Library, 2009Frederick A. and Marion S. Pottle Fellowship, Beinecke Library, Yale University, February 2009Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship, Huntington Library, San Marino, July 2005Lewis Walpole Library Fellowship, Yale University, New Haven, May 2005Clark 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, 2013)Department of English, Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award (2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014)College of Liberal Arts Departmental Award for Educational Excellence for 2012-2013Purdue University Kenneth T. Kofmehl Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, 20156-2016

Current & Recent Courses:

Scholarly Writing and PublishingCourtship and Captivity: The Novel Across the Atlantic (team-taught with Derek Pacheco)Pirates of the Long Eighteenth CenturyBritish Drama from the Restoration OnwardsTories and Jacob*tches: British Women Writers of the Restoration and Early Eighteenth CenturyThe Rise of the NovelThe Literary GothicThe British NovelEighteenth-Century LiteratureWays of ReadingSurvey of British Literature, 1800-PresentTeaching Literature at the College Level

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