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Srividhya Swaminathan

Professor of EnglishDepartment Chair

B.A., University of Texas at AustinM.A., Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University

Description

Dr. Swaminathan joined the Brooklyn campus of LIU in September 2003. In September 2010, she was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor and granted tenure.

Specialties

Eighteenth Century British literature and culture, Slavery Studies, Rhetoric of Slavery, Gender Studies, the Novel, Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Theater, Film and the Eighteenth Century

Publications

The Cinematic Eighteenth Century: History, Culture, and Adaptation. Collection co-edited with Steven W. Thomas. Routledge, 2018.
Invoking Slavery in the Eighteenth-Century British Imagination. Collection co-edited with Adam R. Beach. Ashgate Publishing Co., 2013.
Debating the Slave Trade: Rhetoric of British National Identity, 1759-1815. Ashgate Publishing Co., 2009.
• “The New Cinematic Piracy: Crossbones and Black Sails.” In The Cinematic Eighteenth Century: History, Culture, and Adaptation. Routledge, 2018.
• “(Re)Defining Mastery: James Ramsay Versus The West Indian Planter.” Rhetorica: A Journal of the History of Rhetoric 34:3 (2016): 301-323.
• “JD Robb’s Police Procedurals and the Critique of Modernity.” In New Perspectives on Detective Fiction: Mystery Magnified. Edited by Casey A. Cothran and Mercy Cannon. Routledge, 2015.
• “Defoe’s Captain Singleton: A Study of Enslavement.” Invoking Slavery in the Eighteenth-Century British Imagination. Ed. by Srividhya Swaminathan and Adam R. Beach. Ashgate Publishing Co., 2013.

Honors/Awards

  • Chawton House Library Fellowship. Hampshire, United Kingdom. 1-29 June 2016.
  • Thinking the Revolution: American Political Thought, 1763-1789. Director: Eric Nelson. Folger Shakespeare Library, May-June 2012.
  • Slaves, Soldiers, and Rebels: Black Resistance in the Tropical Atlantic, 1760-1888. Directors: Ben Vinson III, Stewart King, Natalie Zacek. National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute. Johns Hopkins University, June-July 2011
  • John W. Kluge Fellow, 2008-2009
  • Newton Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2008
  • National Humanities Center Summer Literary Institute, 2008
  • ROOTS: Studying the Transatlantic Slave Trade, 2007
  • Honorary Member of Alpha Lambda Delta, National Freshman Honor Society

Professional Affiliations

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Shakespeare Society
Jane Austen Society
American Association of University Women