( During the Victorian era, women who became mothers face...)
During the Victorian era, women who became mothers faced unprecedented, unrealistic, and even contradictory expectations from mainstream society. In Suffering Mothers in Mid-Victorian Novels, Natalie McKnight analyzes the influence of cultural pressures on the fictional portrayals of mothers in the mid-Victorian time using a new historical and psychoanalytic approach. The novels of Dickens, Charlotte Bronte, Thackeray, and George Eliot are studied for their inclusion of mother characters who vary from the ambivalent to the monstrous, the angelic to the absent. McKnight reveals the influences and natures of characters who function more critically in mid-Victorian fiction than has previously been supposed.
Bachelor, Washington College, Chestertown, Maryland, 1984. Master of Arts, Johns Hopkins University, 1985. Doctor of Philosophy, University Delaware, 1990.
Research fellow, U. Delaware, Newark, 1986-1987; instructor, North Lake College, Irving, Texas, 1987-1988; instructor, University Texas, Arlington, 1988-1989; lecturer, Boston University, 1990; assistant professor, Boston University, 1990-1997; associate professor, Boston University, since 1997; director peer tutors for writing, Boston University, 1990-1992; faculty advisor to performing arts, Boston University, 1990-1992; member of faculty-in-residence, Boston University, 1991-1995; acting chair humanities and rhetoric division, College General Studies Boston University, since 1997.
Volunteer Oxment, Oxford, England, 1982-1983, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Newark,1986-1987, Highland Pk. Methodist Church, Dallas, 1988-1989. Board directors Boston University Children's Center, since 1994.
Member Modern Language Association, Dickens Society (trustee), Victorian Studies Society, Oxford Union, Omicron Delta Kappa.
Married C. James McKnight, October 3, 1987. Children: Emily Jo., Rebecca Anne.