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Constance M. Fulmer

Professor of English
Blanche E. Seaver Chair in English Literature
Humanities/Teacher Education Division, Seaver College
CAC 312

Biography

Constance M. Fulmer is Professor of Victorian Literature and holds the Blanche E. Seaver Chair in English Literature at Seaver College, Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. She is working on a biography of Edith J. Simcox, and with Margaret E. Barfield, edited A Monument to the Memory of George Eliot: Edith J. Simcox's Autobiography of a Shirtmaker (Garland, 1998). She has also published several articles on George Eliot and on Edith Simcox and an annotated bibliography of George Eliot criticism (G.K. Hall, 1977). She serves on the board of the Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States and is active in the British Women Writers Association. Her PhD is from Vanderbilt University. She has been at Pepperdine since 1990 and served as Associate Dean of Seaver College from 2007 to 2016 and for eight years as Divisional Dean.

Education

  • PhD, English, Vanderbilt University
  • MA, English, Vanderbilt University
  • MA, Mathematics, University of Alabama
  • MA, Education, Harding University
  • BA, Psychology, Lipscomb University

Current Research on Books:

  • booklength Critical Biography of Edith J. Simcox
  • articles on Edith Simcox and on George Eliot
  • book accepted for publication by Routledge titled George Eliot's Moral Aesthetic: Compelling Contradictions, forthcoming in 2019

Published Books:

  • A Monument to the Memory of George Eliot: Edith J. Simcox's "Autobiography of a Shirtmaker." Garland, 1998. Edited with Margaret E. Barfield.
  • George Eliot: A Reference Guide. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1977. An annotated bibliography with more than 2,000 entries.

Forthcoming Articles:

  • "Edith Simcox's Transgendered Self-Image in Her Portraits of George Eliot," Reassessing Women's Writing of the 1880s and 1890s, edited by Adrienne Gavin and Carolyn Oulton, Palgrave. Selected for publication following the presentation of my paper at the International Centre for Victorian Women Writers Conference in Canterbury, England, July 2016.
  • "Same-Sex Attraction in George Eliot's Writing" for a collection of essays edited by Lila Harper and Jean Arnold and scheduled to be published by Palgrave in 2019. This article has been submitted and has successfully undergone the first review.
  • "George Eliot's Use of Horses" for a collection of essays called Victorians and Their Animals: Beast on a Leash edited by Brenda Ayres and scheduled to be published by Routledge.

Published Articles:

  • "Irony upon Irony The Persistence of Gordon Haight's Perceptions of Edith Simcox (1844–1901) in Biographies of George Eliot." Biographical Misrepresentations: A Hall of Mirrors and the Long Nineteenth Century." Edited by Brenda Ayres, Palgrave. 1917.
  • "Edith Simcox as Biographer of George Eliot in the Periodical Press." Victorian Periodicals Review 50.2 (Summer 2017): 366-83.
  • "Edith Simcox on George Eliot: Autobiography of a Love." Critical Insights on George Eliot, edited by Katie R. Peel. Salem Press, 2016.
  • Award for Excellence in Leadership, 2017 (From the Committee on Women Faculty)
  • Delivered an address and laid a wreath on the plaque honoring George Eliot in Westminster Abbey, 2017
  • British Women Writers Conference Award for Presenting at twenty-two of the twenty-five Conferences, 2017
  • Special Presentation for the George Eliot Fellowship on George Eliot's Clerics at George Eliot's birthplace in Nuneaton, England, 2017.
  • "Women's Impressions of George Eliot and Her Work During the First Two Decades of the Twentieth Century," International Centre for Victorian Women Writers Conference, Canterbury, England, July 2017.
  • "Irony Upon Irony: The Persistence of Gordon Haight's Perceptions of Edith Simcox," British Women Writers Conference, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, June 2017.Presentation on panel of papers published in Hall of Mirrors volume.
  • "Our Research on Edith Simcox and the Twenty-five Years of the British Women Writers Conference" with Margaret Barfield, British Women Writers Conference, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, June 2017.
  • "Edith Simcox: Advocate for Victorian Education." Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States, Vancouver, British Columbia, April 2017.
  • Presented on George Eliot's Spanish Gypsy for the George Eliot Fellowship, 2016.
  • "Hints of Transgressive Same-Sex Attraction in George Eliot's Writing." Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States, Austin, Texas, October 2016.
  • "Growth and Expansion Reflected in Edith Simcox's Reviews for the Academy." Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, Kansas City, Missouri, September 2016.
  • "Edith Simcox and The Academy: a Digital Humanities Project." Victorian Periodicals Through Glass: Reflections on the Theory and Practice of Digitising Nineteenth- Century Newspapers and Magazines, Athenaeum Club, Pall Mall, London, July 2016.
  • "Episodes in the Life of Edith Simcox from Her Episodes in the Lives of Men, Women, and Lovers." International Centre for Victorian Women Writers Conference, Canterbury, England, July 2016.
  • "To the Immortal Memory: A Tribute to George Eliot." Invited Formal Address at the George Eliot Fellowship Wreath-Laying-On Ceremony at Westminster Abbey, London, England, July 2016.
  • "Scenes from Priory Life: Dramatic Encounters Between George Eliot and Edith Simcox," British Women Writers Conference, Athens, University of Georgia, June 2016.
  • "Edith Simcox's Self-Fashioning: Modeling New Roles for working Women." Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States Conference. Denver, October 2015.
  • "Relationships Between Daughters and Their Long-Lost Fathers in George Eliot's Fiction." British Women Writers Conference. New York City, June 2015.
  • "Collections in George Eliot's Fiction as Indicators of Moral Maturity," Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States Conference. Fullerton, October 2014.
  • "George Eliot's Heroines and Their Self-Reflections." British Women Writers Conference. Binghampton, New York, June 2014.
  • "Edith J. Simcox: A Modern Victorian Woman." Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States Conference. Portland, October 2013.
  • "George Eliot's Heroines and the Custom of Marriage: Intriguing Paradoxes." Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century British Women Writers Conference, Alber April 2013.

Courses

  • Survey of British Literature
  • Victorian Novels and Poetry
  • Eighteenth Century and Romantic Novels
  • Literature through the Lens of Gender