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Caroline McCracken-Flesher

Professor for the Department of English
Ph.D., Brown University
M.A., University of Edinburgh
Hoyt Hall 214

MLA 2015 abstracts: “Home is Where the Archive is

Caroline McCracken-Flesher teaches the British nineteenth-century, the novel wherever it is to be found, Scottish literature and culture, the postcolonial, literary theory, British comedy, and film and literature. Her interests are expanding into science fiction, medical humanities, and the literature of aging. She welcomes inquiries from students about courses and about their own potential projects in these fields. 

Professor McCracken-Flesher is on sabbatical 2015-16, but you are encouraged to contact her by email:



2012    The Doctor Dissected: A Cultural Autopsy of the Burke and Hare Murders. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.

2005    Possible Scotlands: Walter Scott and the Story of Tomorrow. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Scholarly Editions:

2015    Mary Paterson. Glasgow: Association for Scottish Literary Studies, 2015.

Edited Books:

2012    MLA Approaches to Teaching the Works of Robert Louis Stevenson. New York: MLA, 2012.

2012    Scotland as Science Fiction. Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 2012.

2007    Culture, Nation, and the New Scottish Parliament. Lewisburg Pa: Bucknell University Press, 2007.

1990    Why the Novel Matters: A Postmodern Perplex. Ed. Mark Spilka and Caroline McCracken-Flesher. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1990.

Edited Journal:

2001    a/b: Auto/Biography Studies 16.1 (2001 special issue: Remembered Lives). Edited and introduced by Caroline McCracken-Flesher and Jeanne Holland.


2010    Caroline McCracken-Flesher, ed. and intro. The Kennedy and Boyd Anthology of Nineteenth-Century Scottish Literature. Glasgow: Kennedy and Boyd, 2010.

Articles & Chapters:

Forthcoming:   “Better than to Arrive: The Last Voyage of Walter Scott, Romantic.” European Romantic Review, Murray Pittock guest ed.

Forthcoming: “Anxiety in the Archive: From the Antiquary to the Absent Author.” Scottish Literary Review.

Forthcoming: “Walter Scott: Life Writing as Anti-romance.” Wordsworth Circle.

Forthcoming: “Walter Scott: An Unexpected Icon.” In Peter Kaufman ed., Cultural Icons. Palgrave. 

2014    “Translated States: Scots in Science Fiction.” Torre de Babele: Rivista di Letteratura e Linguistica 10 (2014): 29-54. (issued 2015)

2014    “The Future is Another Country: Restlessness and Robert Louis Stevenson.” Journal of Stevenson Studies 11 (2014): 3-16.

2012    “Prediction of Things Past: Scott and the Triumph of the Author’s Antiquity.” Anglistik 23.2 (2012): 41-50.

2012    “Digital Scotlands.” Studies in Scottish Literature 38.1. (2012): 41-48.

2012    “Scott’s Jacobitical Plots.” Edinburgh Companion to Walter Scott. Ed. Fiona Robertson. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. Pages 47-58.

2012    “Hogg and Nationality.” Edinburgh Companion to James Hogg. Ed. Douglas S. Mack and Ian Duncan. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. Pages 73-81.

2012    “The Sense of No Ending: John Galt and the Travels of Commoners and Kings in ‘The Steam-Boat’ and ‘The Gathering of the West.” John Galt: Observations and Conjectures on Literature, History, and Society. Ed. Regina Hewitt. Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press. Pages 73-92.

2011    “Walter Scott’s Romanticism: A Theory of Performance.” Edinburgh Companion to Scottish Romanticism. Ed. Murray Pittock. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. Pages 139-49.

2010    “Over the Water to Memory Loss: Forgetting the Foreign from Scott to the Scottish Parliament.” Quaderni del Permio Letterario Giuseppe Acerbi special issue LetteraturaScozzese in celebration of the Acerbi literary prize. Verona: Edizioni Fiorini, 2010.

2010    “Travel Writing.” Edinburgh Companion to Scottish Literature: Robert Louis Stevenson. Ed. Penny Fielding. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2010. Pages 86-101.

2009    “‘Perfectly Ludicrous’: The Game of National Meaning in The Three Perils of Man.” Ed. Sharon Alker and Holly Nelson. James Hogg and the Literary Marketplace. Farnham: Ashgate, 2009. Pages 175-84.

2008    “‘One City’ of Fragments: Robert Louis Stevenson’s Second Person City through David Daiches’ Personal Eye.” David Daiches: A Celebration of His Life and Works. Ed. William Baker. Sussex Academic Press.

2007    “Scotland AS Theory: Otherness and Instantiation from Mackenzie to the Last Minstrel.” International Journal of Scottish Studies, Theory issue. 3 (2007/08) online.

2007    “Cross-Channel Stevenson: David Balfour and the Problem of Scottish Return.” International Journal of Scottish Literature 2 (Spring/Summer 2007) online.

2006    “Burking the Scottish Body: Robert Louis Stevenson and the Resurrection Men.” R. L. Stevenson: Writer of Boundaries. Ed. Richard Drury and Richard Ambrosini. Madison WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2006. Pages 133-144.

2006    “To make a prophet’s profit: Carlyle, Scott, and the Metaphorics of Self-Valuation.” Scottish Studies Review 7.2 (Autumn 2006): 40-57.

2006    “‘You can’t go home again’: From Scott to the Scottish Parliament.” Edinburgh Sir Walter Scott Club, Annual Bulletin (2006): 45-57.

2005    “Carlyle, Irving, and the Problematics of Prophecy.”Journal of Literature and Belief 25.1, 2 (2005): 25-54.

2002    “A Tartan Politics: Couture and National Creativity in the New Scottish Parliament.”Scottish Studies Review 3.1 (2002): 110-121.

2002    “Celluloid Hiccups: the Returns of the Tale when Movies Chew on Books.” Interdisciplinary Humanities 19 (2002 special issue: Dialogues of Film and Literature, ed. Donald Larsson): 75-86.

2002    “Narrating the (Gendered) Nation in Walter Scott’s The Heart of Midlothian.” Nineteenth-Century Contexts 24 (2002): 291-316.

2000    “The Fourth Peril of James Hogg: Walter Scott and the Demonology of Minstrelsy.” Studies in Hogg and His World 11 (2000): 39-55.

2000    “Dead Letter? A Walter Scott Manuscript at the University of Wyoming.” Scott Newsletter 37 (2000): 2-8.

1998    “‘The great disturber of the age’: James Hogg at the King’s Visit, 1822.” Studies in Hogg and His World 9 (1998): 64-83.

1997    “‘You can’t go home again’: James Hogg and the Problem of Scottish ‘Post-colonial’ Return.” Studies in Hogg and His World 8 (1997): 24-41.

1996    “Speaking the Colonized Subject in Walter Scott’s Malachi Malagrowther Letters.” Studies in Scottish Literature 29 (1995/6): 73-84.

1996    “The Incorporation of A Christmas Carol: A Tale of Seasonal Screening.” Dickens Studies Annual 24 (1996): 93-118.

1996    “The Recuperation of Canon Fodder: Walter Scott’s The Talisman.” No Small World: Visions and Revisions of World Literature. Ed. Michael Carroll. Urbana IL: NCTE, 1996. Pages 160-78.

1996    “The Recuperation of Canon Fodder: Walter Scott’s The Talisman.” Critical Essays on Walter Scott: The Waverley Novels. Ed. Harry Shaw. New York: G.K. Hall, 1996. Pages 202-17. (Reprinted from Carroll, ed., 1996).

1994    “Cultural Projections: The ‘Strange Case’ of Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde, and Cinematic Response.” Narrative and Culture. Ed. Janice Carlisle and Daniel A. Schwarz. Athens, GA: The University of Georgia Press, 1994. Pages 179-99.

1994    “Pro Matria Mori: Gendered Nationalism and Cultural Death in Scott’s ‘The Highland Widow.’” Scottish Literary Journal 21.2 (1994): 69-78.

1993    “‘A wo/man for a’ that’? Subverted Sex and Perverted Politics in The Heart of Midlothian.” Scott in Carnival. Ed. J.M. Alexander and David Hewitt. Aberdeen: Association for Scottish Literary Studies, 1993. Pages 232-44.

1991    “Thinking Nationally/Writing Colonially? Scott, Stevenson and England.” Novel 24 (1990/1): 296-318.

Dr. McCracken-Flesher has also introduced numerous books for Signet/Penguin, Barnes and Noble, and Kennedy and Boyd.

Current projects include: the monograph Writing the Way Home: Scottish/American Literary Networks from 1745 to the Independence Vote, a scholarly edition of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped, and the co-edited volumes The Edinburgh Biographical Dictionary of Scottish WritersTwenty-First-Century Walter Scott, and a Companion to Nineteenth-Century Scottish Literature.


(2015)              Speaker on Scottish Literature, the Scottish Parliament

(2015)              Edinburgh Sir Walter Scott Club lecture, at the awarding of 2015 Walter Scott Prize, Advocates’ Library, Edinburgh

(2015)              Edinburgh University Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities, Visiting Fellow

(2015)              Chawton Library Fellow (Aug/Sept)

2011-               International Fellow, Center for Scottish Writing in the Nineteenth Century, U. of Edinburgh

2011/12           Beinecke Fellowship, Yale University

2011                President’s Speaker, UW: “Jekyll and Hyde: Science and Scandal”

2010                Wye Fellow to Faculty Seminar on Citizenship and Global Polity

2010                Faculty Fellow, Academic Affairs

2008                Huntington/British Academy Fellowship

2008                Faculty Senate Speaker, University of Wyoming

2007                Extraordinary Merit in Research, Arts and Sciences, UW

2006                “Top Professor” Award, Mortar Board, UW

2003                Extraordinary Merit in Research, Arts and Sciences, UW

2001                Extraordinary Merit in Teaching, Arts and Sciences, UW

2000                “Top Professor” Award, Mortar Board, UW

1998                Excellence in Advising, UW

1995                American Council of Learned Societies Travel Grant

1993                John P. Ellbogen Meritorious Classroom Teaching Award, UW

1991                “Top Professor” Award, Mortar Board, UW                           


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