Polly Stevens Fields, PhD

Professor of English

Lake Superior State University

Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan 49783

Fieldspolly@hotmail.com       www.lssu.edu/faculty/pfields

Phone Number: 906-635-2179 or 2175        Fax: 906-635-9686

Academic and Pedagogic Awards

  • ·         Symposium Speaker:  “The Aesthetics of Prosthetics:  Evolution of Eighteenth-Century Surgery, Colonies, and Prosthetic Devices”   Georgian Art, Architecture, and Medicine.   A Joint Symposium in Honour of Dr. Roy Porter.  Royal Society of Apothecaries and the Society for the History of Medicine, London, England.  November 2005.    
  • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Research Grant, Cambridge University, England and Gladstone Library, St. Deniol’s Wales... "Nineteenth-Century Reason and Religion." 2003
  • Inaugural Distinguished Scholar Award, LSSU, April 2002
  • MLA Forum Speaker: "Teaching Smarter: Computers in the English Classroom." 2001 MLA Convention, New Orleans, Louisiana, 27-30 December, 2001
  • UCLA-Clark Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Los Angeles, California, 2000-2001 
  • "Visiting Scholar"   Nomination and Designation, UCLA, Los Angeles, California, 2000-2001 
  • Designated Essayist: Special Issue of the INCS Conference, Yale University 2000, The Wordsworth Circle, 32.1 Winter 2001 
  • Designated Essayist:  English Drama 1650-1760.  Special Issue Studies in the Literary Imagination. 32.2 Fall 1999 
  • MLA Task Force on University Teaching and Teaching Excellence, MLA 1999 
  • Michigan Association of Governing Boards [MAGB] 1998 Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence, Lansing, Michigan 
  • UCLA-Clark Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Los Angeles, California, 1997-1998 
  • "Visiting Scholar" Nomination and Designation, UCLA, Los Angeles, California, 1997-1998 
  • Capstone Faculty, Professor of English Methods, Teacher Education, LSSU, 1996-1998 
  • "Distinguished Teacher"  National Award in The Presidential Scholars Project, The White House, 1984 

Scholarly Publications

  • "Elizabeth Sophia Tomlinson."  New Dictionary of National Biography.  Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.  Oxford: Oxford U P, 2004
  • "Eliza K. Mathews."  New Dictionary of National Biography.  Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.   Oxford: Oxford U P, 2004
  • "Samson Occom And/In the Missionary['s] Position: Consideration of a Native-American Preacher in 1770s Colonial America." Special Issue Yale University INCS Conference.  The Wordsworth Circle 32.1 (Winter 2001): 14 - 20. 
  • "George Lillo and the Victims of Economic Theory." Studies in the Literary Imagination. 32.2 (Fall 1999): 77-88. 
  • "Charlotte Charke and the Liminality of Bi-Gendering: A Study of the Canonical Works." In A Pilgrimage for Love: New Essays in Early Modern Literature.  Ed. Sigrid King. Medieval and Renaissance Text Society   Vol. 213 Tempe, Ariz.: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2000.   221-239. 
  • "Mary Davys." In Eighteenth-Century Anglo-American Women Novelists. Eds. Doreen Saar and Mary Anne Schofield (NY: G. K. Hall, an Imprint of Simon and Schuster Macmillan, 1998).  118-131. 
  • "'Manly Vigour and Woman's Wit': Dialoguing Gender in the Dramas of Eliza Haywood." In Compendious Conversations: The Methods of Dialogue in the Early Enlightenment. Ed. Kevin. L. Cope. (NY: Lang, 1993).  257-266. 
  • "'And They Laid Poor Jesse in His Grave': A Study of Four James Ballads." In Festschrift in Honor of Dr. George Boswell.  Jackson: Mississippi Folklore Society, 1990. 

owships and Assistantships

Fellowships and Assistantships

  • National Endowment for the Humanities Award for Study at Cambridge University, Nineteenth-Century Reason and Religion, Summer, 2002
  • UCLA-Clark Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Los Angeles, California, 2000-2001 
  • UCLA-Clark Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Los Angeles, California, 1997-1998 
  • Teaching Fellowship/Grant, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa,  1993-1995 
  • Research Fellowship, LSU Department of English For Study in England, 1991 
  • Research Assistantship, LSU Department of English, 1991-1992.  [Research in England for the Lady Mary Wroth, Urania Publication Project with the Late Dr. Josephine Roberts] 
  • Fellowship, LSU Department of English for Study in England, 1990 

Course Texts for Student Use

  • Course Packet for Advanced Composition,  Chino, California 2006
  • HAWKS Writing Packet, SCC , Orange County, California 2005-6
  • Eighteenth-Century Text: Major Writers of the Eighteenth Century, Distance Learning, University of Alabama, 1994 
  • "Course Text for English 110: Freshman Composition, Spring 2000" 
  • "Course Text for English 110: Freshman Composition, Fall 1999" 
  • "Course Text for English 110: Freshman Composition, Spring 1999" 
  • "Course Text for English 110: Freshman Composition, Fall 1998" 
  • "Course Text for English 110: Freshman Composition, Spring 1998" 
  • "Course Text for English 110: Freshman Composition, Fall 1997" 
  • "Course Text for English 215: Introduction to Literature, Fall l995" 

Web Page Publications for Courses, Original Text and Format Designed

  • "Dr. Polly Stevens Fields Personal URL, Spring 2002-2005"
  • "Freshman Composition EN110 URL, Fall 2001 - Spring 2002
  • "Shakespeare EN 432 URL, Spring 1996, Spring 1998, Spring 2002 
  • "Milton and the Metaphysical Poets EN 431 URL, Fall 1998, Spring 1999, Spring 2001" 
  • "Teacher Education English Methods 401-402 URL, Fall 1996" 
  • "Rise of the English Novel EN 330 URL, Fall 2001" 
  • LSSU Literary Magazine, Woodsrunner: Second Generation, "Online" Electronic Text 
First Edition, October 12, 1996 
Second Edition, November 6, 1996 
Third Edition, December 10, 1996 
Fourth Edition, February 14, 1997 
Fifth Edition, May 5, 1997

Manuscripts in Progress

  • “History of Theatre in Spanish Jamaica, from 1492”
  • “Jamaican Street Theatre and the Dramatics of Social Protest”
  • Annotated Bibliography, “Sophia, Old Testament and Apocrypha: 
  • Book Manuscript: "Rhetoric of Decency: Interrelativity Between “Anglican Commemorative Sermons and the Impulse Toward Social
  •  BookManuscript: "Social Dramas, 1730 - 1737: Fielding, Haywood, Charke and Company."  Projected Winter 2005
  • A Review of Laura M. Stevens, The Poor Indians: British Missionaries, Native Americans, and Colonial SensibilitiesThe Scriblerian  (winter 2006)
  • A Reader Review of a Manuscript: Marvin Stern, "Thorns and Briars: Bonding, Love, and Death, 1764 - 1870" for Pinter Press, UK. [Editorial Reader Board of Pinter Press.]  2002
  • A Review of Martha F. Bowden, Ed. The Reform'd Coquet, Familiar Letters Betwixt a Gentleman and a Lady, and the Accomplish'd Rake by Mary Davys." The Scriblerian 32.2 (Fall 2000): 63-64. 
  •  A Review of Mona Scheuermann, Her Bread to Earn: Women, Money, and Society from Defoe to Austen.  South Atlantic Review, 59.4, November 1994. 

Scholarly Presentations

2008 

  • Panel Chair, “The Book as Education“   SHARPE Society of the Printed Book.  Oxford Brooke University, Oxford, England. July 2008

  • “Eighteenth-Century Robots: Vaucanson’s Prosthetics” British Society for 18th-Cenury Studies.  Oxford University.  January 2008

2007 

  •   “Eighteenth-Century Robots.”  British Society for 18th-Cenury Studies.  `Oxford University.  Oxford, England. January 2007

 

2006

  •   “The Aesthetics of Prosthetics: Locating the Patient”   Symposium in Honour of Roy Porter:  Georgian Art, Architecture, and            

             Medicine:  Apothecary Guild Hall.  London, England, November

 

              “History of Jamaican Drama”   Caribbean Round Table.  ASECS.      

             UNLV   Las Vegas.  March, 2005

 2005 

  •   “The Aesthetics of Prosthetics:  Evolution of Eighteenth-Century Surgery, Colonies, and Prosthetic Devices”   Georgian Art, Architecture, and Medicine.   A Joint Symposium in Honour of Dr. Roy Porter.  Royal Society of Apothecaries and the Society for the History of Medicine, London, England.  November 24 – 26, 2005.  .    
  • “Games, Gaming, and Charity Sermons” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.  University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada.  March 30 – April 3, 2005
  • “History of the Jamaican Theatre”   Early Caribbean Society Roundtable.  American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.  University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada.  March 30 – April 3, 2005

      2004

  • "Peering Through the Hole in the Canvas: Native-American Women as Iconographs."  American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Boston, Massachusetts.  March 24- 28, 2004.
  • "The Beguines: St. Hildegard of Bingen, as Mystic, Prophet, and Theosophist."  IATL  International Association of Theology and Literature, Le Moyne and Syracuse Universities, Syracuse, New York.  May 19 – 25, 2004.  (Calendar Withdrawal)
  • "Sturm und Drang of The Play Within, The Life Within: Charlotte Charke and Framing the Subliminal Self on Stage."  Goethe Graduate Institute, University New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. July 24 - 28, 2004.  (Calendar Withdrawal)

       2003

  • "'Tell No One Your Story': Alienation, Exile, and the Penitent Prostitutes at the Magdalene Asylum." Eleventh Congress of the Enlightenment. UCLA, Los Angeles. August 3-10, 2003.
  • "Printed Rebellion: Felicia Hemans And/In the Edinburgh Review." SHARP The Printed Book Society. Scripps College, Claremont Graduate Schools, Pomona, California.  July 7-12, 2003.
  • "Political Firebrands: Felicia B Hemans and Eliza Sophia Tomlins, Political Activists." British Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies, St. John’s College, Oxford University.  January 3-6, 2003.

     

  2002

  • "Undercutting the Empire: Political Works of Felicia B. Hemans." Canadian Society Conference, University of Quebec, Canada. October 25 - 27, 2002.
  • Panel Organizer and Chair: "'Holy Visions': Sermons as Early Modern Stage and Spectacle." Mid-West Eighteenth-Century Conference. University of Missouri. October 10 - 12, 2002.
  • "Charity Sermons: Theories of Economics in the Narratives of/for the Poor." Mid-West Eighteenth-Century Conference. University of Missouri. October 10 - 12, 2002.
  • "Romancing the Radical: Felicia B. Hemans (1797 - 1835), The Blackwood Review, and the Irish Troubles." Presentation given with permission of National Endowment for the Humanities Grant Committee. Places of Exchange Conference, University of Glasgow, Scotland. July 25 - 27, 2002.
  • "Politicizing the Romantic: Felicia B. Hemans (1797 - 1835), The Blackwood Review, and the Irish Troubles." With Permission of the National Endowment for the Humanities Grants Committee. University of Glasgow, Scotland. July 25 - 27, 2002.
  • "The Civil Pulpit: Sermons and Public Culture in Eighteenth-Century England."  Organizer and Chair.  American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS).  April 2002.
  • "Manners as Regulatory Practices in Charity Schools and Hospitals."  DeBartolo Round Table Presenter, American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS).  April 2002.
  • "The Visionary Jane Leade, Jakob Boehme, and the Founding of the Philadelphia Movement." British Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies, Cambridge University, January 4 - 6, 2002. 


       2001

  • MLA Forum Speaker: "Teaching Smarter."  Forum Panel.  Modern Language Association (MLA) Convention, New Orleans. December 27-30, 2001. 
  • "The Charitable Body as Public Spectacle: The Notorious Dr. Dodd and his Penitent Prostitutes at the Magdalene Hospital." Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Saskatoon, Canada. October 17 - 20, 2001.
  • "Invisible Emblems: Consideration of the Visionary Jane Leade and her Gendered Non-Conforming."  American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies.  New Orleans.   April 18 - 22, 2001. 
  • "The Fissured Body: Re-Constructing Native-American Identity in the Post-Colonial Canon of Jane Johnston Schoolcraft (1800-1841)."  The British Society, Oxford University, St. John's College.  Jan. 3-5, 2001. 

2000

  • "Reading the Signs: Death, Regeneration, and Resurrection in Transnational Chippewa-Ojibway Pictographs." Modern Language Association (MLA) Conference. Washington, D.C.  December 27-29, 2000. 
  • "Forked Tongue: The Chippewa-Ojibway Metis Jane Schoolcraft and her Trans-Cultural Voices of Satire." University of Toronto, Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference.  October 19-21, 2000. 
  • " Latin is Lethal: Davys in Dublin." British Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference. University of Aberdeen, Scotland.  August 2000. 
  • "Vade Mecum: A Latin Text, A Reverend's Leg, and the Rowdy Scholars of St. Pat's." American Society of Eighteenth-Century Scholars. University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 11-16, 2000. 
  • "Samson Occom And/In the Missionary ['s] Position: Consideration of a Native-American Preacher in 1770s Colonial America."  INCS Conference. Yale Center for British Art. Accepted for Proxy Presentation by Invitation of the President and the Conference Committee. April 2000.  [Selected and Designated Essay for Special INCS Issue of The Wordsworth Circle.]     
  • "The Silence of the Signs: The Sex-Death Nexus in Chippewa-Ojibwa Pictographs." Yale 2000. ACLA Conference. Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.  February 2000. 

1999

  • "Fictional Image of the English Female Body: The Work of Mary Davys (1674-1732)."  Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference. University of Montreal.  October 1999. 
  • "Gender and Race as Literary Icons in the 1750 Northwest Territory." Mid-West Eighteenth-Century Conference, University of Missouri. Accepted for Proxy Presentation by the Conference President and Officers.  October 1999. 
  • "Sheila Na Gig: Celtic Influences in Mary Davys's Northern Heiress and Merry Wanderer." Panel: "A Writer's Work: Economics, Labor, and Questions of Subjectivity." 1999 Conference for British and American Women Writers, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico.  September 1999. 
  • "Pragmatics of Eighteenth-Century Native-American Missionaries: Samson Occur and the Invisible Slave." Tenth Congress on the Enlightenment, University of Dublin, Ireland.  July 1999. 
  • "Beyond Defoe's Silver Penis: A Consideration of Prosthetics in the Eighteenth Century."  British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, St. John's College, Oxford University, England.  January 1999. 

1998

  • "Peter Jacobs and George Copway: Liminal Voices In/And the Wilderness." Mid-West Eighteenth- Century Society, Mackinac Island, Michigan.  October 1998. 
  • "The Synecdochic Native-American: Voices in the Wilderness." Canadian Society for Eighteenth Century Scholarship, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.  September 1998. 
  • "Samson Occur: 'I am Indian Bait': Conversion Problematics of Native-American Preachers, in Late Eighteenth Century." British Society for Eighteenth- Century Studies, St. John's, Oxford University, England.  January 1998. 
  • "Fasting Girls: Engineered Docility or Inscription of the Corpus in Eighteenth-Century Popular Culture?"  South-Central Eighteenth-Century Society, University of Texas, San Antonio. February 1998. 

1997

  • "Rhetoric of Decency: Theological Prose as Social Engineering in the Sermons of Rev. William C. Dodd, 1758-1777." Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. University of Western Ontario, London. October 1997. 
  • "Decency Observed: Magdalen Asylum as Site and Symbol of the Conversion Impulse in the Late Eighteenth Century." American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee. April 1997. 
  • "Dying to Win: The Starving Girl in the Novels of Eliza K. Mathews." British Society of Eighteenth- Century Studies. St. John's College, Oxford University, Oxford, England. January 1997. 

1996

  • "Colonizing the Body: Aphra Behn's Oroonoko as Protest Literature." Native-American Conference. Lake Superior University. April 1996. 
  • "'A Female From the Northern Clime': Echoes of Ireland in the Works of Mary Davys."  The Ireland Society Conference. University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland. May 1996. 
  • "Writing Writhing Bodies: Starvation as Female Stigmata in the Novels of Eliza K. Mathews." American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Austin, Texas. March 1996. 
  • "Raising the Imprinted Voice: Early Women's Periodicals." Michigan Institute of Science, Arts and Letters, Alma, Michigan. March 1996. 

1995

  • "George Lillo and Capitalism: Theatre of Business, Business of Theatre." Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.  University of Ottawa, Canada. September 1995. 
  • "Anticipating the CD-ROM: Applications of Multimedia in Literature Instruction." Composition and Literature Conference, El Paso, Texas. May, l995. 
  • "Defoe." Panel Chair. The South-Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Salt Lake City, Utah. February 1995. 

1994

  • "Waste/Waist is a Terrible Thing to Mind: Educating Women in the Works of Eliza K. Mathews" The South-Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Houston, Texas. February 1994. 
  • "Eighteenth-Century Women's Writing." Panel Chair. The South-Central Society for Eighteenth- Century Studies, Houston, Texas. February l994. 
  • "Employing Connect Software and Literature" Conference on Composition and Literature, Huntsville, Alabama.  September l994. 
  • "`Too Wond'rous for Words': Charlotte Charke, Mrs. Christian Davies, and the Doubtful Attribution to Daniel Defoe." Northeast Eighteenth-Century Society, Yale Institute of British Art.  September 30-October 3, 1994. 

1993

  • "George Lillo and Iconoclastic Theatre: Writing/Righting the `Wicked Wretch.'" South-Central MLA, Austin, Texas. October 1993. 
  • "Eighteenth-Century Women's Writing." Panel Chair. The South-Central Society for Eighteenth- Century Studies, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. February 1993. 
  • "Private Parts: Eliza Haywood and Charlotte Charke on Stage." The South-Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. February 1993. 

1992

  • "Female Organs: Ideology of the Imprinted Voice and the Linguistics of Subversion in Early Women's Periodicals." Aphra Behn Society Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana. February 1992. 
  • "Storm at the Little Haymarket: Fielding, Haywood, and the Licensing Act." The South-Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (SCMLA), Austin, Texas. February 1992. 

1991

  • "The Shifting Sands of Marginalia: Beyond the Gendered Voice in Eliza Haywood's Plays." Aphra Behn Society Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. February 1991. 
  • "Two Elizas: Inchbald, Haywood, `Unsex'd Women,' and the Primrose Path." Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (SEACS), Tuscaloosa, Alabama. March 1991. 
  • "The Savage Sunlit Heart’: Yeats and the King of the Great Clock Tower." Mississippi Philological Association. January, 1991. 
  • "Breasts on the Body Politic: Or, Mrs. Haywood's `Cow-like Udders'." The South- Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, College Station, Texas. February 1991. 

1990

  • "Then and Now: Caroline Gordon's Women at the Old Home Place." Texas A and M Literary Conference. February 1990. 
  • "Theatricality and Representation in Jonson's Bartholomew Fair."  Mississippi Philological Association. February 1990. 
  • "Miss Ellen's Fallen Women: Dark Streams of Identity." Mississippi Philological Association. February 1990. 

University and Community Professional Service 

  • Sault Ste Marie, Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Founding member of Athena Award Committee for Outstanding  Contribution to Women’s  Progress
  • University Steering Committee, 1998-Present 
  • Chair, Criterion Two, NCA Self-Study, 1998-Present 
  • English Department Designate, Compiler Freshman Composition Course, for School of Engineering, ABET Evaluation, 1998-1999 
  • English Department Designate, Compiler Freshman Composition Course, for School of Engineering, ABET Evaluation, 1999-2000 
  • ASSET Committee for Developmental Components, 1996-2002 
  • Faculty Editor, Woodsrunner: Second Generation Literary Magazine Online"  1996-1997 
  • Director, Drama Campus Puppet Workshop, "Shakespeare at the Sault."  Sault Ste. Marie Elementary School System, 1998 

Affiliations 2007

  • Medieval and Renaissance Text Society 
  • East Central American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies 
  • Southeast Eighteenth Century Society 
  • Northeast Eighteenth Century Society 
  • Mid-West American Society of Eighteenth Century Scholars 
  • Canadian Society of Eighteenth Century Studies 
  • Early Modern Studies Association (GEMS) 
  • MLA 
  • The Voltaire Society 
  • Michigan Academy of Arts, Sciences, and Letters 
  • American Society of Eighteenth Century Studies 
  • British Society of Eighteenth Century Studies 
  • Society for British and American Women Writers 

Education

  • Ph.D. Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 1992 
Major Areas of Study: 
Early Modern British Literature of the 16th, 17th, and 18th Centuries 
Advanced Studies in Southern Fiction of the Twentieth Century 
Underrepresented Writers of the 17th, 18th, and 19th Centuries 
Eighteenth-Century Drama from 1695-1800; 
Autobiography, with Emphasis on Women's Autobiography and Minority Narratives 
Literary Theory, with Emphasis on the Twentieth Century

Doctoral Dissertation: "High Drama at the Little Theatre, 1730-1737: Henry Fielding, Eliza Haywood, Charlotte Charke, and Company." Successful Defense October 1992.     Dr. Josephine Roberts, Director

1992 Distinguished Dissertation Award in
. “The Top Ten” 

  • M.A. University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS 1989 
Major Fields 
Early Southern Prose Narratives of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries 
Faulkner's Novels of the Middle and Later Periods 
Short Fiction of Flannery O'Connor and Caroline Gordon 
Southern Fiction Generalist

Master's Thesis: "Old Miss, Young Miss: The Plantation Mistress in Caroline Gordon's Early Novels and Short Fiction."  Dr. Evans Harrington, Director

  • B.A. Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN  1978 
Major: English with Specialty British Literature Minor: European History and British History