Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women’s Studies and Professor of Humanities
Dept. of Women and Gender Studies
Room 206, 34 W. Delaware Ave.
Newark, DE 19716
Margaret D. Stetz is the Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women’s Studies and Professor of Humanities at the University of Delaware. She received her B. A. (summa cum laude) from Queens College, the City University of New York; her M.A. from the University of Sussex, UK; and a second M. A., as well as her Ph.D, from Harvard University. Before joining the UD faculty in 2002, she taught at the University of Virginia and at Georgetown University. Her teaching interests include women and material culture, women’s representations of war, women’s comedy, and late-Victorian feminism.
Her books include Facing the Late Victorians (2007), Gender and the London Theatre, 1880-1920 (2004), and British Women’s Comic Fiction, 1890—1990: Not Drowning, But Laughing (2001); and, with Mark Samuels Lasner, The Yellow Book: A Centenary Exhibition (1994), England in the 1890s: Literary Publishing at the Bodley Head (1990), and England in the 1880s: Old Guard and Avant-Garde (1989); as well as Michael Field and Their World, co-edited with Cheryl A. Wilson, and Legacies of the Comfort Women of WWII (2001), co-edited with Bonnie B. C. Oh. Her current book project (forthcoming from Rivendale Press, UK) is Oscar Wilde, New Women, the Bodley Head and Beyond.
She has published more than 100 essays and reviews related to 19th through 21st-century literary and cultural history and has curated or co-curated nine major exhibitions on Victorian publishing history and art. Her forthcoming essay publications in 2013 include the following, in edited volumes—”Oscar Wilde and the New Woman” in Oscar Wilde in Context, eds. K. Powell and P. Raby (Cambridge University Press); ”Dressing the Aesthetic Woman,” in Crossings in Text and Textile, 1818-1934, eds. D. Wardrop and K. Joslin (University Press of New England); “Gertrude Käsebier in Context: The Feminist Politics of Modernity and Maternity,” in Gertrude Käsebier: Complexity of Light and Shade (University of Delaware Press)—and the following, in peer-reviewed journals—”The Hate That Dared Not Speak Its Name: Svengali, Anti-Semitism, and Postwar British Heritage Cinema (Journal of European Popular Culture); “‘Sideways’ Feminism: Rebecca West and the Saturday Evening Post, 1928” (The Space Between: Literature and Culture 1914-1945); “The Late-Victorian ‘New Man’ and the Neo-Victorian ‘Neo-Man’“ (Victoriographies); “‘I Like Looking’: Oscar Wilde and Late-Victorian Portraiture” (Nineteenth-Century Studies). She is also keynote speaker for a conference in June 2013 on “Oscar Wilde and Fin-de-Siècle Culture” (University of Limerick, Ireland) and for a conference in July 2013 on “Neo-Victorian Culture: The Victorians Today” (Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK).
Her most recent exhibitions for museums and libraries include Facing the Late Victorians (at the Henry B. Plant Museum, Tampa, FL) in Spring 2010 and London Bound: American Writers in Britain, 1870–1916 (University of Delaware Library) in Fall 2010.
She has also delivered many invited guest lectures and keynote addresses, the most recent of which were at the University of Connecticut-Stamford (Fall 2010); the University of Geneva, Switzerland (Fall 2010); the University of Hull, UK (Spring 2011); and the Victoria and Albert Museum, UK (Summer 2011).