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CAROL J. SINGLEY, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English
Director, Undergraduate Liberal Studies
Co-Director, American Studies

Office: Department of English, Rutgers University, 311 N. Fifth St., Camden, NJ 08102
Home: Swarthmore, PA 19081
E-mail: singley@camden.rutgers.edu
Tel: office 856-225-6629; home 610-328-0623; fax 610-328-9522

Research Interests: American Literature, American Studies, Childhood Studies, Composition, Women’s Literature.

Carol J. Singley (Ph.D. Brown University, M.A., B.A. Pennsylvania State University) is an Associate Professor of English and a Fellow at the Center for Children and Childhood Studies. She directs the Undergraduate Liberal Studies Program and co-directs the American Studies Program, which includes an option for interdisciplinary studies of Walt Whitman. She serves on the board of the Walt Whitman Association, which helps to support historic preservation, education, and tourism at Whitman’s home in Camden. She formerly directed the Women’s Studies Program. She is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the New Jersey Council on the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the American Antiquarian Association, and the Center for Critical Analysis of Contemporary Culture.

A scholar of Edith Wharton, Carol Singley is author of a book about religion in Wharton’s fiction, Edith Wharton: Matters of Mind and Spirit (Cambridge University Press, 1995) and editor of three volumes on Wharton: a New Riverside Edition of The Age of Innocence (2001), the Oxford Historical Guide to Edith Wharton (Oxford University Press, 2003) and The House of Mirth Casebook (Oxford University Press, 2003). She is past president of the Edith Wharton Society. Currently she is examining constructions of childhood in American literature. She is co-editor of The American Child: A Cultural Studies Reader (Rutgers University Press, 2003) and is writing book on the centrality of adoption in the American literary experience. She has published articles on nineteenth- and twentieth-century American writers, feminist theory, composition, and peer tutoring, and she has co-edited a collection of essays on feminist theory and a volume of essays on Calvinism in American literature. She has an active interest in composition and consults on reading and writing literacy at the primary and secondary levels.

Carol Singley received the Alumni Association Outstanding Faculty Award in 2002, the Provost’s Teaching Excellence Award in 1996, and was nominated twice for the Lindback Lifetime Teaching Award. Her leadership includes serving as president of the Northeast Modern Language Association and president of the Northeast Modern Language Association Women's Caucus. She co-founded and currently co-chairs the Alliance for the Study of Adoption, Identity and Kinship, a group of interdisciplinary scholars interested in representations of adoption and issues such as personal and social identity and family construction.

Relevant Publications
Authored Books:
Edith Wharton: Matters of Mind and Spirit. Cambridge University Press, 1995.

Edited Collections:
The American Child: A Cultural Studies Reader. With Caroline Levander. Rutgers University Press, 2003.

Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth: A Casebook. Oxford University Press, 2003.

A Historical Guide to Edith Wharton. Oxford University Press, 2003.

The Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton. New Riverside Editions. Houghton Mifflin, 2000.

The Calvinist Roots of the Modern Era: Essays on Fiction, Drama, and Poetry. With Aliki Barnstone and Michael Tomasek Manson. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 1997.

Anxious Power: Reading, Writing, and Ambivalence in Narrative by Women. With Susan Elizabeth Sweeney. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1993.

Recent Articles:
"Race, Culture, Nation: Edith Wharton and Ernest Renan.” Twentieth Century Literature. 49.1 (Spring 2003): 32-45.

“Bourdieu, Wharton, and Changing Culture in The Age of Innocence.” Special issue on Pierre Bourdieu. Cultural Studies 17.3/4 (2003):495-519.

“From Women’s Movement to Momentum: Where Are We Going, Where Have We Been, and Do We Need Nikes to Get There?” Journal of American Culture 25.3/4 (Fall/Winter 2002): 455-67.

“Edith Wharton, Religion, and Moral ‘Quicksand.’” Literature and Belief 15 (1995): 75-93.

“Edith Wharton’s Last Weeks and the Garden at St. Brice.” Edith Wharton Review 9 (Spring 1992): 15-16.

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