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Amy Montz

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Office:   OC3041

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Assistant Professor of English

Amy L. Montz is an Assistant Professor of English who specializes in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Literature.  She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English Literature from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, and her Ph.D. in English Literature from Texas A&M University in College Station.  She also holds a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from Texas A&M. 

Her literary teaching interests include eighteenth- through twenty-first-century British literature, women’s literature, adolescent literature, and science fiction.  She also enjoys teaching argument and composition, feminist theory, English education, and women’s studies.  Within her classes, she can cover anything from Beowulf to Virginia Woolf, gothic novels to graphic novels, aliens to zombies.  In July 2011, she brought a group of USI English majors to the Jane Austen Festival in Louisville, KY, where students engaged with the literary and cultural history of one of England’s most important and celebrated writers. 
 
Her research is most interested in the intersection of literature and the everyday.  Therefore, her scholarship examines materiality, domesticity, popular culture, and, most importantly to her current work, fashion, and their roles within British literature of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.  Currently, she is at work on her book project, which revises her dissertation.

“Dressing for England: Fashion and Nationalism in Victorian Novels” examines novels by George Eliot, Elizabeth Gaskell, William Thackeray, and H. G. Wells, among others, to argue that fashion, far from being the trivial concern to which it is so often relegated, was a significant and important arena in which women expressed social, political, and national allegiance or disillusionment.  She has had the privilege of conducting archival research in Britain on three separate occasions, where she worked with materials from the Suffrage Movement (prison letters, meeting minutes, photographs), articles of clothing from the last three centuries (corsets, stockings, dresses), and textile and shawl manufacture in Manchester, England and Paisley, Scotland. 

Other current projects include a full-length work that explores irreverent, utilitarian, and futuristic approaches to nineteenth-century materiality in contemporary re-imaginings of the Victorian era, particularly in Steampunk literature, Neo-Victorian science fiction, and Neo-Victorian young adult literature, and an article that examines the use of fashion and female bodies as spectacle in Suzanne Collins’ novel, The Hunger Games

Courses taught at USI include 105 (Young Adult Literature), 201 (Argument), 255 (British Literature Survey), 427 (Neo-Classical and Eighteenth-Century Literature), and 444 (Teaching Literature in the Secondary Schools).