Alison Booth

434-924-7105
ab6j@virginia.edu

Department of English
436 Bryan Hall
PO Box 400121
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4121

B.A., Bennington
M.F.A, Cornell
M.A., Princeton
Ph.D., Princeton

 
I enjoy teaching courses in Victorian fiction, women writers, Gothic, narrative theory, auto/biography, travel, and other topics, uniting my research interests and willingness to adapt technology in the classroom with my insistence on critical and writing skills.  In research, I have expanded my feminist and narratological studies of cultural and literary history in Britain and North America since 1830 into digital humanities and bibliography.  A continuing theme in my books and articles has been the reception history of authors and the construction of collective biographical histories, or prosopographies; this theme informed my first book, on historical concepts of a common life and a female literary tradition in George Eliot and Virginia Woolf and it continues in my explorations of public representations of imagined community such as Mount Rushmore and of cultural tourism, museums, and biography. I have persistently worked across the boundaries of period (nineteenth to twentieth centuries), nationality (particularly transatlantic Anglophone), media and audience (word-image, novel and film, celebrity and popular culture).  My work in narrative theory has focused on life writing and the prevalent form of collections of short biographies (prosopographies), concentrated in my bibliography of collective biographies of women and the related book, How to Make It as a Woman (2004).  The annotated bibliography has been developed as an online site sponsored by the University of Virginia Library, and now forms part of the peer-reviewed NINES digital consortium.  In 2010, with collaborators in Scholars' Lab, we launched a new version of "CBW."  In 2010-2012, as Resident Fellow in the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, we developed a schema (Biographical Elements and Structure Schema) for comparative analysis of versions of one person's life or short biographies in various types of collection, along with a database of the 8,000 women in the 12,000+ collections in the project.    Meanwhile, I am nearing completion of a book, another exploration of reception, cultural tradition, and collective biographical representation.  Entitled “Writers Revisited: Transatlantic Literary Tourism, House Museums, and Biography,” it focuses on the narratives and performances of visits to the writer's house as tourism and museums evolved along with Anglo-American canons in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Faculty and Staff

Hanadi Al-Samman

  • Associate Professor of Arabic Literature
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Abigail Arnold

  • Lecturer in Women, Gender & Sexuality
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Lanice Avery

  • Assistant Professor of Women, Gender & Sexuality and Psychology
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Lawrie Balfour

  • Professor of Politics
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Rae Blumberg

  • William R. Kenan, Professor of Sociology
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Alison Booth

  • Professor of English
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Feyza Burak-Adli

  • Lecturer in Women, Gender & Sexuality and Middle East Studies
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Tom Butcher

  • Lecturer of Women, Gender & Sexuality
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André Cavalcante

  • Assistant Professor of Media Studies and Women, Gender & Sexuality
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Mrinalini Chakravorty

  • Assistant Professor of English, Postcolonial Literature and Theory
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Ellen Contini-Morava

  • Director and Professor of the Interdisciplinary Program in Linguistics
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Shilpa Davé

  • Assistant Professor of American Studies and Media Studies
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Amanda Davis

  • Lecturer of Women, Gender & Sexuality
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Corinne Field

  • Assistant Professor of Women, Gender & Sexuality
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Liza Flood

  • Lecturer of Women, Gender & Sexuality
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Susan Fraiman

  • Professor of English
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Gertrude Fraser

  • Associate Professor & Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement
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Melissa Gismondi

  • Lecturer of Women, Gender & Sexuality
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Lisa Goff

  • Assistant Professor of English and American Studies
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Bonnie Hagerman

  • Director of Undergraduate Programs and Assistant Professor, General Faculty, of Women, Gender & Sexuality
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Cynthia Hoehler-Fatton

  • Associate Professor of Religious Studies
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Samantha J. Hume

  • Doctor of Education at the Deparment of Germanic Languages & Literatures and the Center for American English Language and Culture
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Claire Kaplan

  • Director of The Gender Violence and Social Change Program
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Anne Behnke Kinney

  • Professor of Chinese
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Edith "Winx" Lawrence

  • Professor of Education in Clinical and School Psychology and Director, Young women Leaders Program and Program Chair, Youth and Social Innovation
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Karlin Luedtke

  • Assistant Professor of Women, Gender & Sexuality
  • Assistant Dean in College of A&S
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Lorna Martens

  • Professor of German and Comparative Literature
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Fred Maus

  • Associate Professor of Music
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Deborah E. McDowell

  • Alice Griffin Professor of English and Director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute
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Susan McKinnon

  • Professor of Anthropology
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Doug Meyer

  • Assistant Professor of Women, Gender & Sexuality
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Farzaneh Milani

  • Professor of Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages & Cultures and Women, Gender & Sexuality
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Jaronda Miller-Bryant

  • Program Director of Global Outreach and Engaged Scholarship and Associate Director of Young Women Leaders Program
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Bridget Murphy

  • Program Administrator
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K. Sara Myers

  • Professor of Classics
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Emily Ogden

  • Assistant Professor of English
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Victoria Olwell

  • Associate Professor of English
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Geeta Patel

  • Associate Professor of Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages & Cultures and Women, Gender & Sexuality
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Charlotte J. Patterson

  • Chair of Women, Gender & Sexuality and Professor of Psychology
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Gustavo Pellón

  • Associate Professor of Spanish
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Andrea L. Press

  • Professor of Media Studies and Sociology
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Allison Pugh

  • Associate Professor of Sociology
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Claire Raymond

  • Lecturer a the Department of Art History and Sociology
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Caroline Rody

  • Professor of English
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Marlon Ross

  • Professor of English
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Lynn M. Sanders

  • Associate Professor of Politics
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Sybil Scholz

  • General Faculty, Lecturer and Language Coordinator
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Lisa Shutt

  • Lecturer of African American & African Studies
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Karl Shuve

  • Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
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Lisa Speidel

  • Assistant Professor, General Faculty, of Women, Gender & Sexuality
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Elizabeth F. Thompson

  • Associate Professor of HIstory
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Denise Walsh

  • Associate Professor of Politics and Women, Gender & Sexuality
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Gweneth West

  • Professor of Costume Design
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Kath Weston

  • Professor of Anthropology
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W. Bradford Wilcox

  • Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology
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Eleanor V. Wilson

  • Associate Professor of Instruction and Special Education
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Michiko Wilson

  • Professor of Japanese LIterature
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Nicholas J. G. Winter

  • Associate Professor of Politics
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Lisa Woolfork

  • Associate Professor of English
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