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Victoria J. Olwell

Associate Professor
Director
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of English
Office location and address
414 Bryan Hall
201 Cabell Dr
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
Education
Ph.D. University of Chicago, 2003
M.A. University of Chicago, 1990
B.A. University of Virginia, 1989
ENGL 3002: History of Literatures in English II
Credits: 3
A two-semester, chronological survey of literatures in English from their beginnings to the present day. Studies the formal and thematic features of different genres in relation to the chief literary, social, and cultural influences upon them. ENGL 3810 covers the period up to 1800; ENGL 3820, the period 1800 to the present. Required of all majors. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu.
ENGN 3440: London, The Theatrical City
Credits: 3
This course explores the theatrical culture of London. Students will attend plays in a variety of genres and will discuss and write about both the history of London theater and the contemporary theatrical scene.
ZFOR 3503: International Study
Placeholder course for students studying abroad
ENGL 3545: Studies in American Literature before 1900
Credits: 3
Topics vary. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
ENGL 3820: History of Literatures in English II
Credits: 3
A two-semester, chronological survey of literatures in English from their beginnings to the present day. Studies the formal and thematic features of different genres in relation to the chief literary, social, and cultural influences upon them. ENGL 3810 covers the period up to 1800; ENGL 3820, the period 1800 to the present. Required of all majors. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu.
ENGL 3991: The Culture of London Past and Present
Credits: 3
The Culture of London: Past and Present" offers an interdisciplinary approach to metropolitan culture, as an historically embedded object of inquiry. Located in London, it runs for a month each year from early June to early July. Faculty members from the University direct, teach and lead the class; they are complemented by London-based specialists in architecture, art history, religious studies and contemporary politics. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
ENGL 4560: Seminar in Modern and Contemporary Literature
Credits: 3
Limited enrollment. Topics vary from year to year. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
ENGL 4561: Seminar in Modern Literature and Culture
Credits: 3
Limited enrollment. An interdisciplinary seminar focusing on the interrelationships between literature and history, the social sciences, philosophy, religion, and the fine arts in the Modern period. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
ENGL 8540: Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature
Credits: 3
Studies vary from year to year. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
ENAM 8559: New Course in American Literature
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new course in the subject of American Literature. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
ENGL 8998: M.A. Thesis
Credits: 3
M.A. students in English may choose to write a substantial thesis directed by a faculty member. Students opting for a thesis should draw up a proposal and secure a director to supervise the project. Students choose between a critical thesis of 10,000-15,000 words and a pedagogical thesis (described on our website). Students enroll in this three-credit course for a single semester, either fall or spring; it is not available during the summer. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
ENGL 8999: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Research
Credits: 1–12
Students taking this course are expected to prepare for their M.A. oral examination and proceed with their M.A. research. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/graduate/current.
ENGL 9998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
Students taking this course are expected to prepare for their preliminary qualifying oral examinations for the doctorate. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
ENGL 9999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
  • University Teaching Fellowship, 2007-2008
  • University of Virginia Summer Research Grant, 2007
  • University of Virginia Summer Research Grant, 2006
  • Lantern Society’s Award for Women’s Education, Spring 2005
  • Walter and Carol Blair Dissertation-Year Fellowship, 1999-2000
  • Norman Maclean Instructorship, Winter 1996
  • Marcia Tillotson Travel Grant, Fall 1995
  • Honorable Mention, Best Graduate Student Paper Contest, American Women
  • Writers of Color Conference, October 1995.
  • Mellon Summer Dissertation Grant, 1993
  • Award from Waller Scholarship Fund, University of Chicago, 1991
  • Graduate Fellowship, University of Chicago, 1990-93
  • Century Scholarship, University of Chicago, 1989
  • Wagenheim Scholarship, University of Virginia, 1988