Ashley Reed

Ashley Reed, Assistant Professor

Ashley Reed, Assistant Professor
Ashley Reed, Assistant Professor

Department of English 
405 Shanks Hall 
180 Turner Street, NW 
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-8650 | akreed@vt.edu

My monograph in progress examines how disenfranchised nineteenth-century Protestant authors employed fiction as an imaginative space in which to envision new forms of collaborative agency grounded in particular religious doctrines and practices. In chapters on Catharine Maria Sedgwick, William Wells Brown, Susan Warner and Augusta Jane Evans, Elizabeth Stoddard, and Harriet Beecher Stowe, the project furthers recent work in secularism studies to reveal how nineteenth-century secular configurations made new forms of cross-gender, cross-race, and cross-class agency legible to readers in antebellum and early postbellum U.S. 

  • American Literature and Religion
  • American Women Writers
  • Secularism Studies
  • Digital Humanities
  • Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • B.A. College of William & Mary
  • Vice-President, Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society
  • Consultant, William Blake Archive
  • C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists
  • Society for the Study of American Women Writers
  • Virginia Digital Humanities Consortium
  • Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities, 2014-2015
  • C. Hugh Holman Award for Outstanding Dissertation, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2014
  • Lawrence G. Avery Award for Excellence in Teaching Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2014

Journal Articles

Literature and Medicine 32.2 (Fall 2014): Literature, Medicine, Religion. Co-edited with Kelly Bezio.

“‘I Have No Disbelief’: Spiritualism and Secular Agency in Elizabeth Stoddard’s The Morgesons.” J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists. Forthcoming spring 2017.

“Craft and Care: The Maker Movement, Catherine Blake, and the Digital Humanities.” Essays in Romanticism. Forthcoming spring 2016.

“Managing an Established Digital Humanities Project: Principles and Practices from the Twentieth Year of the William Blake Archive.” Digital Humanities Quarterly 8.1 (Spring 2014).

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