Associate Professor and Co-Chair, English
Alison Tracy Hale’s primary teaching and scholarly interests focus on the literatures of early America, with emphases on the American gothic, the early novel, pedagogical practices, and the early Republic. Her essay “Uncanny Afflictions,” on the gothic elements of Salem’s infamous witchcraft outbreak, appears in Spectral America, Ed. Jeffrey Weinstock (U Wisconsin, 2004). A co-authored piece with Professor Rachel Carnell, “Romantic Transports,” deals with the transatlantic manifestations of the female “Quixote” figure and can be found in Early American Literature (2011). Her current projects include an essay on Charles Brockden Brown’s gothic novel Ormond (1799) and its deployment of Rousseauean influences. In addition, she has recently delivered papers at the Society of Early Americanists conference in Savannah, GA and the American Society for Eighteenth-century Studies conference in Cleveland, OH.
She teaches advanced courses on Gothic America; Sex, Gender, and Identity in the Early Nation; and The Rise of the Novel in America; as well as introductory Seminars in Scholarly Inquiry and American Literature. She is also a member of the University’s Gender Studies faculty, and has taught both the introductory and thesis/research course in that program.