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Caroline McCracken-Flesher

Professor for the Department of English
Ph.D., Brown University
M.A., University of Edinburgh
Hoyt 331

MLA 2015 abstracts: “Home is Where the Archive is



Edited Books:

Approaches to Teaching the Works of Robert Louis Stevenson (MLA 2012).


“Choosing Jacobitism,” in Fiona Robertson, ed., Edinburgh Companion to Walter Scott (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press).

“Hogg and Nation,” in Ian Duncan and Douglas S. Mack, ed., Edinburgh Companion to James Hogg (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press).

“The Sense of No Ending: John Galt and the Travels of Commoners and Kings in ‘The Steam-Boat’ and ‘The Gathering of the West,’” in Regina Hewitt, ed. John Galt (Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press).

“Prediction of Things Past: Scott and the Triumph of the Author’s Antiquity.” Anglistik.

Published Works:


The Doctor Dissected: A Cultural Autopsy of the Burke and Hare Murders (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011).

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

Edited books:

Scotland As Science Fiction (Lewisburg Pa: Bucknell UP, 2011).

Culture, Nation, and the New Scottish Parliament (Lewisburg Pa: Bucknell UP, 2007).

Why the Novel Matters: A Postmodern Perplex, Mark Spilka and Caroline McCracken-Flesher ed. and intro. (Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1990).


The Kennedy and Boyd Anthology of Nineteenth-Century Scottish Literature (Glasgow: Kennedy and Boyd, 2010).

Edited Journals:

a/b: Auto/Biography Studies 16.1 (2001 special issue: Remembered Lives), ed. and intro. Caroline McCracken-Flesher and Jeanne Holland.


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

"Scotland as Theory: Otherness and Instantiation from Mackenzie to the Last Minstrel," International Journal of Scottish Studies, Theory issue. 3 (Autumn/Winter 2007). 

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

"To make a prophet's profit: Carlyle, Scott, and the Metaphorics of Self-Valuation." Scottish Studies Review 7. 2 (Autumn 2006): 40-57. 

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

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

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

"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. 

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

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

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

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

"‘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. 

"Speaking the Colonized Subject in Walter Scott's Malachi Malagrowther Letters," Studies in Scottish Literature 29 (1995/6): 73-84. 

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

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

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

Chapters in Books:

“Walter Scott’s Romanticism: A Theory of Performance,” in Murray Pittock, ed. Edinburgh Companion to Scottish Romanticism (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2011).

“Travel Writing,” in Penny Fielding, ed., Edinburgh Companion to Scottish Literature: Robert Louis Stevenson (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2010).

“‘Perfectly Ludicrous’: The Game of National Meaning in The Three Perils of Man,” for Sharon Alker and Holly Nelson ed., James Hogg and the Literary Marketplace: Scottish Romanticism and the Working-Class Author (Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, 2009).

“’Twas thus the LATEST MINSTREL sung’: Listening to Waverley with an Un/conventional Ear,” in Ian Duncan and Evan Gottlieb, eds., Approaches to Teaching Scott’s Waverley Novels (New York: Modern Language Association, 2009).

"'One City' of Fragments: Robert Louis Stevenson's Second Person City through David Daiches' Personal Eye," in William Baker, ed., David Daiches: A Celebration of His Life and Works (Brighton: Sussex Academic Press, 2008). 

"The Recuperation of Canon Fodder: Walter Scott's The Talisman," in Critical Essays on Walter Scott: The Waverley Novels, edited by Harry Shaw (NewYork: G.K. Hall, 1996): 202-217. (Reprinted from No Small World: Visions and Revisions of World Literature, edited by Michael Carroll (Urbana, IL: NCTE, 1996): 160-178.

"Cultural Projections: The ‘Strange Case' of Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde, and Cinematic Response," in Narrative and Culture, edited by Janice Carlisle and Daniel A. Schwarz (Athens, GA: The University of Georgia Press, 1994): 179-199.

Refereed Proceedings/Transactions:

"Burking the Scottish Body: Robert Louis Stevenson and the Resurrection Men." R. L. Stevenson: Writer of Boundaries, edited by Richard Drury and Richard Ambrosini (Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2006): 133-144.

"'A wo/man for a' that? Subverted Sex and Perverted Politics in The Heart of Midlothian," in Scott in Carnival, edited by J.M. Alexander and David Hewitt (Aberdeen: Association for Scottish Literary Studies, 1993): 232-244.


Introduction to J. M. Barrie, Sentimental Tommy (Glasgow: Kennedy and Boyd, 2011).

Introduction to J. M. Barrie, Tommy and Grizel (Glasgow: Kennedy and Boyd, 2011).

Introduction, Robert Louis Stevenson, Kidnapped (New York: Barnes and Noble, 2006), xi-xix.

Introduction to Robert Louis Stevenson, Catriona (New York: Barnes and Noble, 2006), ix-xix.

Introduction to Robert Louis Stevenson Omnibus Volume (New York: Barnes and Noble, 2006), v-ix.

Selected Honors and Awards:

2011 UW Presidential Speaker; 2010 Wye Fellow; 2010 Faculty Fellow, Academic Affairs; 2008 Faculty Senate Speaker; 2007 Extraordinary Merit in Research, Huntington-British Academy Research Award; 2006 Mortar Board "Top Professor" Award; 2003 Extraordinary Merit in Research; 2001 Extraordinary Merit in Teaching; 2000 Mortar Board "Top Professor" Award; 1998 Excellence in Advising; 1993 John P. Ellbogen Meritorious Classroom Teaching Award; 1991 Mortar Board “Top Professor” Award. 

Professional Responsibilities:

Advisory Boards:

International Journal of Scottish Literature

Studies in Scottish Literature, New Series

Scottish Literary Review

Delegate, MLA Assembly

International Fellow, Edinburgh University Centre for Scottish Writing in the Nineteenth Century

Director, Ninth International Conference on Walter Scott (2011)

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