Linda Van Netten Blimke
Phone: (780) 479-9354
- PhD in English, The University of Alberta (2014)
- Master of Arts in English, The University of Alberta (2008)
Linda Van Netten Blimke specializes in the literature of the long eighteenth century, with particular focus on British women’s non-fictional travel writing. She has delivered papers on early twentieth-century juvenilia, the novels of Frances Burney and Frances Brooke, and the travelogues of Ann Radcliffe, Janet Schaw, Mary Morgan, and Helen Maria Williams. She is a contributor to the online database Popular Romanticism, for which she has conducted extensive research and has published notes on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century publishers and travel literature. She has also co-edited an early twentieth-century travel journal entitled Crossing Canada, 1909: Hope Hook’s Diary (2011). As well as eighteenth-century British literature, Linda Van Netten Blimke also teaches in the areas of Victorian poetry and prose. She received the Faculty of Arts Graduate Teaching Award from the University of Alberta in 2012.
Representative Papers and Publications:
Hook, Hope. Crossing Canada, 1909: Hope Hook’s Diary. Eds. Linda Van Netten Blimke, Leilei Chen, Kristine Kowalchuk, Caroline Lieffers, Juliet McMaster. Sydney: Juvenilia Press, 2011. Print.
“The Politics of Sympathy: Female Sentimental Travel Writers and the American Revolution.” New Horizons: Reassessing Women’s Travel Writing, 1660-1900, Alton, July 2014.
“Text, Context, and In-Between: Reflections on Editing a Juvenile Diary.” Co-presented at the International Conference on Literary Juvenilia, Durham, September 2013.
“Rescuing Sentiment: Mary Morgan’s Defense of Emotional Engagement in A Tour to Milford Haven, 1791.” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference, Cleveland, April 2013.
“Janet Schaw, Eyewitness: Reinforcing British National Identity in the Face of the American Threat.” Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference, Hamilton, October 2011.
“Observations of an English Whig: Ann Radcliffe’s Politics in A Journey Made in the Summer of 1794.” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference, Vancouver, March 2011.
“Review of Martyn Lyons’ A History of Reading and Writing in the Western World.” Inquire: A Journal of Comparative Literature 1.2 (June 2011). Web. <http://inquire.streetmag.org/articles/43>.