Ashley Cross, PHD

Ashley Cross, PHD

Professor

Department : English

Email : ashley.cross@manhattan.edu

Phone : 718-862-7118

Office : MGL 423

Education

PHD, Brown University
MA, Brown University
BA, Swarthmore College

Research

  • Book Project: Mary Robinson and the Genesis of Romanticism: Literary Dialogues and Debts, 1784-1821. Pickering and Chatto, September 2013  www.pickeringchatto.com/maryrobinson
  • This book analyzes the constitutive role Mary Robinson’s dialogues with her contemporaries play in the development of British Romanticism. Reading dialogue as central to Robinson’s writing, I recover textual relationships that have not been examined fully in Romantic studies yet are central to the making not only of Robinson’s authorial identity but also to those of the many other Romantic writers with whom she conversed, including William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Robert Southey, Charlotte Smith, William Godwin, and Mary Wollstonecraft. These literary exchanges, I contend, reveal Robinson fashioning a new poetic discourse both in content and form. They shape her writing and that of others and thus foster the idea of Romantic discourse as essentially interactive and conversational. I further show that Robinson’s dialogic self-authorizing and the public response to it produced an ambivalent legacy with which early nineteenth-century poets John Keats and Charlotte Dacre had to contend.
  • “Robert Merry.”  British Writers Supplement. Ed. Jay Parini. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson-Gale. Publication date of 2013.

Professional Experience

  • Full Professor, Dept, of English, Manhattan College, 2012-
  • Associate Professor, Department of English, Manhattan College, 2002-2012
  • Assistant Professor, Department of English, Manhattan College, 1997-2002
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of English, Manhattan College, 1996-1997
  • Assistant Professor, Department of English, Benedictine University, 1993-1996
  • Teaching Fellow, Brown University, 1998-1993
  • Reviewer for Essays in Romanticism, European Romantic Review, and Keats-Shelley Journal
  • Organizing committee for two national Romantics conferences in New York
  • Manuscript work at the Morgan Library and the Pforzheimer Collection at the NYPL on several poems by Robert Southey for The Poetry of Robert Southey, Pickering and Chatto edition.

Publications & Professional Activities

  • "Men on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown: Catastrophic Masculinity in Robinson's Walsingham  and Godwin's Fleetwood." International Conference on Romanticism Annual Conference. Tempe, AZ. November 2013.
  • “Writing Pain: Sensibility and Suffering in the Life Writing of Mary Robinson and Anna Seward.” Rylands Library Bulletin. Manchester, UK. Forthcoming, 2013.
  • "'Sick of the same bruise': Sensibility and the Forlorn Body in the Work of Mary Robinson and John Keats.” Disabling Romanticism. Ed. Michael Bradshaw. Ashgate. Accepted for publication. 40 pages. 
  • Rev. of  Daniel Robinson, The Poetry of Mary Robinson: Form and Fame, Palgrave/Macmillan, 2011. The Wordsworth Circle 42.4 (Autumn 2011): 292-294.
  • “Charlotte Dacre.”  A critical biographical essay. British Writers Supplement XVIII Ed. Jay Parini.Farmington Hills,MI: Thomson-Gale. September 2011. 17-38.
  • Model 2:  “Teaching Oroonoko in the Literature Survey II Class” in Approaches to Teaching Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko. Ed. Mary Ann O’Donnell and Cynthia Richards. New York: MLA Publications. Forthcoming, Fall 2012. 
  • "Robert Southey and Mary Robinson in Dialogue." The Wordsworth Circle 42.1 (Winter 2011): 10-17.
  • “Anna Seward.” A critical biographical essay. British Writers, Supplement XVII. Ed. Jay Parini. Farmington Hills, MI:  Thomson-Gale. December 2010. 225-43.
  • "Coleridge and Robinson: Harping on Lyrical Exchange."  Fellow Romantics: Male and Female  British Writers, 1790-1835. Ed. Beth Lau. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2009. 39-72.
  • "Mary Darby Robinson."  A critical biographical essay.  British Writers, Supplement XIII. Ed. Jay Parini. Farmington Hills, MI:  Thomson-Gale, 2008.  195-216.
  • "'What A World We Make the Oppressor and the Oppressed': George Cruikshank, Percy Shelley, and the Gendering of Revolution in 1819." ELH (Spring 2004): 167-207.
  • "He-She Philosophers and Other Literary Bugbears:  Mary Robinson's A Letter to the Women of England." Women's Writing  9.1 (2002): 53-68.
  • "From Lyrical Ballads to Lyrical Tales:  Mary Robinson's Reputation and the Problem of Literary Debt." Studies in Romanticism 40.4 (Winter 2001): 571-605.
  • "'Indelible Impressions': Gender and Language in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein." Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal (September 1998):  547-580.
  • "Men in Feminism" in Feminist Literary Theory: A Dictionary. Ed. Beth Kowaleski-Wallace (New York: Garland, 1997): 260-61.
  • "Penis" in Feminist Literary Theory: A Dictionary. Ed. Beth Kowaleski-Wallace (New York: Garland, 1997): 300.
  • "Social Contract"  in Feminist Literary Theory: A Dictionary. Ed. Beth Kowaleski-Wallace (New York: Garland, 1997): 376-77.

Conference Papers:

  • "Mary Robinson and the Sonnet's Prospects." North American Society for the Study of Romanticism Annual Conference. Neuchatel, Switzerland. August 2012.
  • “Vindicating the Writing Woman: Mary Robinson's Dialogues with Godwin and Wollstonecraft.” 22 March 2012. In concert with the Exhibition: Shelley’s Ghost: Reshaping the Image of a Literary Family, New York Public Library, New York. February to July 2012. Audio recording: http://www.nypl.org/locations/tid/36/node/130672
  • “Re-Inventing Mary Robinson: Keats and the Politics of Sensibility.” Annual International Conference on Romanticism. Montreal, Quebec, Canada. 3-5 November 2011.
  • “Perdita and the Swan: Reading Disability in the Life Writing of Mary Robinson and Anna Seward.” Writ From the Heart: Women's Life Writing in the Long Eighteenth Century. The John Rylands University Library, The University of Manchester, UK. 29 January 2011.
  • “Keats, Robinson, and the ‘Forlorn’ Body.” International Conference on Romanticism. New York, November 2009. 
  • “The Curious Case of the Ivory Cabinet: Mary Robinson and 1790s Queer Panic.” National Association for the Study of Romanticism Annual Conference. Duke University. May 2009.
  • Seminar Participant. “Figures on the Margin: The Language of Gender in British Romanticism.” Led by Dr. Susan Wolfson.  West Virginia University Summer Seminar in Literary and Cultural Studies.  June 2-8, 2003. 
  • “Harping on Lyrical Exchange.” Special Session on Coleridge and Gender that I organized. Modern Language Association Annual Convention. New York. December 2002.  
  • “Mary Robinson’s Polygraphic Perversity.” North American Society for the Study of Romanticism Annual Conference. Seattle, Washington.  August 2001.
  • “Vindicating Mary Robinson’s Thoughts on the Condition of Women.” Mary Robinson Conference. University of Warwick, Coventry, England. September 2000.  
  • “The Absent Author in Mary Robinson’s Lyrical Tales.” Northeast Modern Language Association. Pittsburgh, PA.  April 1999.
  • “From Lyrical Ballads to Lyrical Tales:  Mary Robinson and the Problem of Literary Debt.” Women Poets of the Romantic Period Conference. University of Colorado, Boulder.  February 1999.
  • “From Lyrical Ballads to Lyrical Tales:  Mary Robinson’s Strategies of Production.” American Conference on Romanticism. Athens, GA.  January 1998.
  • “Teaching Without the F-Word.”  Round Table Discussion: “Feminist Studies and Women’s Studies in Academia.” Western Social Science Association Conference. Albuquerque, NM.  April 1997.
  • “Mary Robinson’s Politics of Citation in Thoughts on the Condition of Women.” Eleventh Annual Comparative Literature Symposium: British Women’s Writing/Political Discourse, 1640-1867.  Tulsa, OK.  March 1997.
  • “‘In education all the difference lies’:  Masculine Women in Mary Robinson's Thoughts on the Condition of Women.” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Convention. Austin, TX. March 1996.
  • “Language and Feminine Subjectivity in the Eighteenth Century: The Case of Mary Robinson.” Midwest American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Convention. Minneapolis, MN. October 1995.
  • “‘Of female softness’ in Rousseau and Wordsworth: Bared Breasts, Nursing Fathers, and Natural Signs.”  American Conference on Romanticism, Annual Meeting. Marquette University.  Milwaukee, WI. September 1995.
  • “Tangled Gazes, Feminine Subjects:  Percy Shelley and the Gendering of Revolution.”  Modern Language Association Convention. San Diego, CA. December 1994.
  • “Language and Feminine Subjectivity in the Eighteenth Century.”  Faculty Colloquium Presentation. Benedictine University. November 1994.
  • “‘Indelible Impressions’:  Figuring Feminine Subjectivity in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.”   American Conference on Romanticism,  Annual Meeting. Pennsylvania State University.  October 1994.
  • “Locke, Language, and the Ethical Constraints of Gender.”  American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Convention. Providence, RI. April 1993.
  • “Male Hysteria as Symbolic Castration:  Re-Membering Masculinity.” Annual Conference at Tufts University.  Boston, MA. October 1992.
  • “The Current Fashion in Male Hysteria:  Members Only, Please.” National Graduate Student Conference.  Temple University.  October 1992.

Honors & Awards

  • Pen and Sword Society, Selected by students as honorary faculty, Spring 2001
  • R. Bruce Lindsay Dissertation Fellowship, Spring 1991

Professional Memberships

  • International Conference on Romanticism (1994-to present)
  • Modern Language Association of America (1992-present)
  • North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (1993-present)
  • Wordsworth Circle 
  • Keats-Shelley Association

Grants

  • Sabbatical, Manhattan College, Spring 2011
  • Sabbatical, Manhattan College, 2004-2005    
  • Summer Research Grants, School of Arts, Manhattan College, 2011, 2007, 2004, 1999

Other

  • Faculty mentor to four students on Branigan Research Projects

Courses Taught/Teaching

ENGL 110      College Writing
ENGL 150      Roots: Literature
ENGL 262      Gender and Literature
ENGL 274      Reading Poetry
ENGL 306      Introduction to Literary Study
ENGL 310      British Literature II: The Romantics through the 20th Century
ENGL 334      Studies in British Romanticism

ENGL 335      Studies in Victorian Literature
ENGL 337      Literature by Women
ENGL 367      Literary Criticism
ENGL 392      Topics in Literature
ENGL 399      Independent Study
LLRN 204      Roots: Literature