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Erin Mackie

Erin Mackie


Professor and Department Chair,
English

esmackie@syr.edu

401 Hall of Languages
315.443.4950


Research and Teaching Interests

A native of Baltimore, Erin Mackie majored in Classics at The Johns Hopkins University and then went on to get a Ph.D. in English from Princeton University. She specializes in Restoration and eighteenth-century British literature and culture and has taught both in the United States and abroad in Tokyo and in New Zealand. Her three books explore her interest in literature and cultural history. The first, Market a la Mode examines how the early eighteenth-century magazines The Tatler and The Spectator use fashion as an avenue of socio-cultural management. Her selected edition of these periodicals, The Commerce of Everyday Life, is organized around the themes of commerce, fashion, gender, and taste that define life in eighteenth-century London. Her recent study of masculinity, Rakes, Highwaymen, and Pirates, looks at those infamous criminal types in relation to the iconic English gentleman. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the eighteenth-century novel, theories of the novel, Restoration literature, the long eighteenth century, and colonialism and culture in the early modern Caribbean. She is now embarking on a study of the criminal romances known as Newgate novels.

Areas of Supervision

Professor Mackie has supervised MA and Ph.D. theses in historical fields from the seventeenth through the nineteenth centuries and in contemporary cultural studies.  Historical topics include: criminality and class in early Victorian England; female desire in Burney and Edgeworth; Jane Austen and community; Swift's satire of the book; heroic drama and political crisis; early modern women writers and print culture.  More contemporary topics have focused on culture and style, postcolonialism, gender and sexuality, ethnicity, human/animal relations in magic realism, and popular music cultures. 

Recent Courses

Undergraduate
ETS 305: Theories of the Novel
ETS 310: Eighteenth-Century Worlds

Graduate
ENG 630: The Eighteenth Century
ENG 630: Eighteenth-Century Novel