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Scottish Romanticism topic for next Schick Lecture Series

November 13, 2012

As part of the Joseph S. Schick Lecture Series, Sharon-Ruth Alker and Holly Faith Nelson will speak about "The Edge of Scottish Romanticism: James Hogg, ‘King o' the Mountain and Fairy School'."

Their presentation will take place on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 3:30 p.m. in Indiana State University's Root Hall A-264 with a reception following in A-269-270.

Sharon-Ruth Alker is an associate professor of English and general studies at Whitman College. In recognition for her outstanding contribution to the institution, Alker was presented the Thomas D. Howells Award for Distinguished Teaching in Humanities. She received her doctorate from the University of British Columbia.

Holly Faith Nelson serves as professor and chair of the department of English and co-director of the Gender Studies Institute at Trinity Western University. Nelson received her doctorate from Simon Fraser University. Winner of the Canadian Society of the Study of Women in Education Recognition Award for her work with the Gender Studies Institute, she has co-edited several additional collections, including: "Topographies of the Imagination: New Approaches to Daniel Defoe" forthcoming from AMS Press.

The two scholars are founding and current board members of the Defoe Society. Together, they have edited two collections on Scottish Romantic poetry, including "James Hogg and the Literary Marketplace: Scottish Romanticism and the Working Class Author" and "Robert Burns and Transatlantic Culture." In addition, they have co-authored more than 14 articles and book chapters on topics including Aphra Behn, John Milton and content related to the Scottish Romanticism.

Independently, they have also published numerous works on a variety of subjects ranging from Renaissance poetry to Victorian women writers.

They are currently working a book entitled, "Besieged: The Post War Siege Trope, 1660-1730."

The lecture series is supported by a generous endowment to the ISU English Department from Joseph Schick.

Contact: Keith Byerman, professor of English, department of English, Indiana State University, at 812-237-3208 or

Writer: Bethany Donat, media relations assistant, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, at 812-237-3773