Professor of 20th Century British Literature; Department Chair
BA, University of Michigan - Flint; MA. PhD, University of Cincinnati
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Anyone familiar with Ann McClellan knows she is proud of her Midwestern heritage (Go Blue!) and a dedicated Anglophile. Specializing in Twentieth century British literature, especially the novel and women writers, Ann’s work explores the complex relationships between literature and culture, with research ranging from fictional representations of British women intellectuals to her current project on fan culture and the popularity of Sherlock Holmes. Her classes explore questions of literary value and canonicity, the interconnectedness of history and text, with an emphasis on literary theory. Her goal: to lift the veil that often obscures the strategies and skills underlying literary analysis to teach students how to think, speak, and write about texts in interesting and sophisticated ways.
“A Case of Identity: Role Playing, Social Media, and BBC Sherlock.” The Journal of Fandom Studies 1.2 (2013): 139-57.
How British Women Writers Transformed the Campus Novel: Virginia Woolf, Dorothy L. Sayers, Margaret Drabble, Anita Brookner, Jeanette Winterson. New York: Edwin Mellen Press, 2012.
“The Gentleman’s Gentleman: The Butler as Simulacra in The Remains of the Day.” S(t)imulated Realities: The Hyperreal in Popular Culture. Ed. Robin DeRosa. Lanham, MD: Lexington Press, 2011. 59-68.
“University Women in Frances Marshall’s Fiction.” English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920. 52.3 (2010): 331-49.
A Scandal in Feminism: Sherlock’s Women—Feminist Backlash and Feminist Response. 43rd Annual PCA/ACA National Conference. March, 2013.
Vampires, Bullocks, and Lesbians, Oh My! The Spectre of the University Woman in Interwar Britain. Canadian History of Education Association Conference. Vancouver, BC. October, 2012.
A Case of Identity: Role Playing, Social Media, and BBC Sherlock. 42nd Annual Pop Culture Association National Conference. April, 2012.
From Happy Homes to Contaminating Cloisters: Women’s University Communities in Interwar Britain. History of Education Society Conference. November, 2011.
Scholarly Networks in Post-Colonial Britain. Scholarly Networks in the British Empire: Transnational and Imperial Connections after 1850. Wadham College, Oxford University, England. July, 2010.
Awards or recognition
Theo Kalikow Award, Plymouth State University, 2010
Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation Research Grant (2006)
EN2500 Studies in English
EN3620 Currents in British Literature II
EN3690 Critical Theory
ENDI1350 Twice Told Tales