Curriculum Vitae

Alicia Kerfoot, PhD
Assistant Professor
English Department
The College at Brockport
State University of New York
Phone: 585.395.5837
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Academic Employment


Assistant Professor, Department of English, The College at Brockport: State University of New York (2012-Present)

Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Prince Edward Island (2011-2012)

Sessional Lecturer, Department of English and Cultural Studies, McMaster University (2009-2011)

Sessional Lecturer, Department of English, University of Waterloo (2010-2011)

Education

PhD, Department of English and Cultural Studies, McMaster University (2010).
MA, School of English and Theatre Studies, University of Guelph (2005).
BA, Honours English Literature and Applied Studies Co-operative Program, University of Waterloo (2003).

Dissertation Title: “Domestic Ruins: Imagining the Nunnery in Eighteenth-Century British Literature.”
Committee: Dr. Peter Walmsley (supervisor), Dr. Cathy Grisé, Dr. Grace Kehler, Dr. Katherine Binhammer (external reader).


Research Interests

Representations of nunneries, monastic ruins, and the domestic sphere in British literature, 1660-1830; the Gothic novel; women’s writing; early modern ephemeral publications; material objects and representations of fashion, costumes and clothing in British literature, 1660-1830.

Academic Publications

  • "Prison and Sanctuary: Ann Radcliffe's Mutable Nunneries." Under the Veil:Spirituality and Feminism in Post-Reformation Britain and Europe. Ed. Katherine Quinsey. Cambridge Scholars Press, 2012.
  • "Declining Buckles and Movable Shoes in Frances Burney's Cecilia." The Burney Journal, Volume 11 (2011).
  • “Replacing the Old Silver Knife: the Convergence of Anti-slavery Rhetoric and Legal Discourse in Mansfield Park.” Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies 31.2 (2008): 275-292.
  • Student Encyclopedia of African Literature. Co-edited with Douglas Killam. Westport: Greenwood Publishing Group (December 2007).

Selected Conference Presentations

  • "'Fading into a state of decay': The Leftovers of Dress in Camilla, or, What can Princess Sophia's Heliotrope Shoes tell us about Camilla's Lilac Uniform?" The Burney Society of North America Biennial Conference, Montreal, Canada (October 2014).

  • Chair and Organizer, "Reproducing the Past in the Eighteenth Century" at the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Conference, Williamsburg, Virginia (2014).
  • "Motion, Emotion, and 'the sympathising Shoe' in The History and Adventures of a Lady’s Slippers and Shoes." American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Conference, Williamsburg, Virginia (2014).

  • “Nun, Mistress, Saint: Isabella, Rosamond, Eloisa.” Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Conference, University of Western Ontario (2013).

  • "Anne Elliot’s Thick Walking Boots." Pride and Prejudices: Women’s Writing of the Long Eighteenth Century Conference, Chawton House Library, Hampshire, UK (2013).

  • "The 'spectatress' or the 'party engaged'? Dance and Debt in Frances Burney’s Camilla." The Burney Society Biennial Conference, New York, New York (2012).

  • Chair and Organizer, "Frances Burney and Performativity" (Burney Society Graduate Seminar Roundtable). American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Conference, San Antonio, Texas (2012).

  • "Ann Radcliffe and the Mutable Aesthetics of Female Monasticism." American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Conference, San Antonio, Texas (2012).

  • "Ann Radcliffe's Maternal Waxes: Iconography, the Miniature, and Female Monasticism." Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Conference, Hamilton, Ontario (2011)

  • "'Let firm, well-hammer'd Soles protect thy Feet': Footwear and the Permeability of the Street in Gay's Trivia." American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia (2011).

  • "The Dissolution of a Useful Nun: Cecilia's Secret Vows and Female Monastic Spaces." The Burney Society of North America Biennial Conference, Portland, Oregon (2010).

  • "Catherine Morland's 'Plain Black Shoes': Practical Femininity and Buried Convents in Northanger Abbey." Jane Austen Society of North America Annual General Meeting, Portland, Oregon (2010).

  • "Declining Buckles and Movable Shoes in Frances Burney's Cecilia." American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico (2010).

  • “Ruined Prison, Ruined Sanctuary: Ann Radcliffe’s Mutable Nunneries.” Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Conference, Montréal, Québec (2008).

  • “Inherited Follies: Ruinous History in Sophia Lee’s The Recess and at William Beckford’s Fonthill Abbey.” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon (2008).

  • “Reading Stone Bodies: Nunneries and Domestic Ruins in Alexander Pope and John Brand.” Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba (2007).

  • “Replacing the Old Silver Knife: Marriage, Reproduction, Property, and the Convergence of Anti-slavery Rhetoric and Legal Discourse in Mansfield Park.” British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Conference, St. Hugh’s College, Oxford (2007).

Selected Courses Taught

The College at Brockport: State University of New York

  • English 472: Objects, Others, and Things in Eighteenth-Century British Literature (Capstone Course)
  • English 234: Jane Austen and Popular Culture
  • English 610: Nuns and Nunneries in Eighteenth-Century British Literature (Graduate Course)
  • English 326: Fashioning the Early English Essay Periodical
  • English 375: The British Novel I
  • English 112: College Composition
  • English 230: British Literature I
  • English 430: The Long Eighteenth Century
  • English 303: Introduction to Literature Analysis
  • English 431: English Romantic Writers

Selected Honours and Awards

  • Pre-Tenure Grants Development Award, SUNY Brockport (2013-2014)
  • Chawton House Visiting Fellowship, Chawton House Library (June, 2012)
  • Honourable Mention, Hemlow Prize in Burney Studies, The Burney Society (2010)
  • Research Travel Grant, Edna Elizabeth Ross Reeves Scholarship, McMaster University (2008)
  • SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, Government of Canada (2007-2009)

Professional Service

The College at Brockport: State University of New York

  • Recruitment and Retention Committee Co-Chair (2014-2015)
  • Graduate Committee Member (2012-2014)
  • Blaine DeLancey Essay Award Committee Member (2013-2015)
  • MA Thesis Director
  • Undergraduate Advisement

University of Prince Edward Island

  • Faculty Advisor, Annual Atlantic Undergraduate English Conference, St. Thomas University, Fredericton, New Brunswick (2012)
  • Committee Member (Second Reader), Lauren Murphy, Honours Undergraduate Essay on Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca.

McMaster University

  • Member of the Organizing Committee, “The Immaterial Eighteenth Century” CSECS Annual Conference, McMaster University (2011)
  • McMaster Centre for Leadership and Learning Certificate, “Making Presentations: Lecturing” (2008)
  • Peer Reviewer, Eighteenth-Century Fiction

External Service and Professional Affiliations

  • Reviewer and Vetter, “Charlotte Lennox,” Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism Series, Gale Cengage, Inc. (2011)
  • Member, The Burney Society
  • Member, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
  • Member, Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies


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