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
Tel: office 856-225-6629; home
610-328-0623; fax 610-328-9522
Research Interests: American
Literature, American Studies, Childhood Studies, Composition, Women’s
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.
Edith Wharton: Matters of Mind and Spirit. Cambridge
University Press, 1995.
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.
"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
“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.