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Maria Frawley

Professor of English and Executive Director, University Honors Program

Maria Frawley lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with her two children, Christopher and Emma, and her four cats. In her free time she enjoys swimming, hiking, and walking along the Potomac River. When not outdoors, she can be found indoors at the American Film Institute, the Avalon Theatre, or the Shakespeare Theatre--all favorites places to go.


Professor Frawley's research focuses on nineteenth-century British literature, social history, and print culture. Her earlier work on the culture of invalidism led her to an interest in "transient illnesses" of Victorian Britain and to histories, narratives, and representations of institutional care (e.g., workhouses, asylums) in this period. She is currently working on a book titled Keywords of Jane Austen's Fiction as well as on a variety of shorter projects related to her interest in Victorian women and social reform.


(1991) Ph.D., University of Delaware
(1985) M.A., University of Delaware
(1983) B.A., Bucknell University

Selected Publications:


(2004). Invalidism and Identity in Nineteenth-Century Britain. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

(1996). Anne Bronte. Woodbridge, CT: Twayne Publishers.

(1994). A Wider Range: Travel Writing by Women in Victorian England. Cranbury, NJ: Associated University Presses.

Editor, Life in the Sick-Room, by Harriet Martineau. (Broadview Press, 2003)

Other Publications:

(2007). "The Victorian Age, 1832-1901," In English Literature in Context. Cambridge University

(2007). "'Warriors for the Working Day': History, Distance, and Collaborative Authority in England and Her Soldiers." CLIO'S Daughters: Victorian Women Write History. Ed. Lynette Felber. University of Delaware Press.

(2005). "Behind the Scenes of History: Harriet Martineau and The Lowell Offering." Victorian Periodicals Review (Summer): 141-57.

(2005). "Borders and Boundaries, Perspectives and Place: VictorianWomen and the Art of Travel Writing." Intrepid Women: Victorian Artists Travel. Ed. Jordana Pomeroy. Ashgate Press, 27-38.

(2002). "Harriet Martineau, Health, and Journalism." Women's Writing. Martineau Bicentary Edition. 9:3: 433-44.