Natalie Mera Ford, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor
Discipline Taught: English
Office: Merion Hall 188
• B.A., Languages and Literature, Bard College
• M.A. English Renaissance Literature, University of York
• Ph.D., 19th-Century British Literature, University of York
General Fields of Professional Interest
Literature and Science
19th-Century British and American Literature
Composition and Creative Writing
My classes are interactive seminars (with occasional short, interactive lectures) that focus on developing skills in critical reading, thinking, and writing. I encourage and expect students to contribute actively by raising questions, sharing insights and research, composing in-class reflections, participating in group and pair work, providing peer feedback, revising, and presenting. There are numerous informal writing assignments as well as the formal papers; these writings include creative and analytical responses to readings and to some visual media. The classroom atmosphere I aim to cultivate is open, respectful, and engaging. Come prepared, ready to be involved and challenged.
Member of Modern Language Association, British Association for Victorian Studies, and Northeast Modern Language Association. Professional Tutor (Graduate/ESL Specialist) for SJU Writing Center, 2011-12. Have taught at Temple University (‘Dissent in America,’ ‘Introduction to Academic Discourse’), Grenoble École de Management, & University of York (‘Historical Approaches: Victorians,’ ‘Historical Approaches: American Literature to 1910,’ & Essay Composition). Also have Cambridge CELTA from International House Barcelona & extensive ESL teaching experience in Europe.
• English 101 The Craft of Language
• English 102 Texts and Contexts
• English 306 Dreams, Drugs, and Visions in Victorian Literature
“Chronology in a Coma: Diagnosing Trancelike States in Victorian Fiction,” forthcoming in The Beginning of the End of Time, ed. Jane Carroll (under consideration with Routledge).
“‘The track of reverie’: Vision and Pathology in Shirley and Villette.” Brontë Studies 36.2 (2011): 141-51.
“The Interpretation of Daydreams: Reverie as Site of Conflict in Early Victorian Psychology.” Conflict and Difference in Nineteenth-Century Literature. Ed. Dinah Birch and Mark Llewellyn.
Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. 80-92.
“Beyond Opium: De Quincey’s Range of Reveries.” The Cambridge Quarterly 36.3 (2007): 229- 49.
Poems published in U.S. and U.K. literary journals, including Philadelphia Stories, Agenda Broadsheet, Obsessed with Pipework, Aesthetica, Animus, & Dreamcatcher
(Bucks County Poet Laureate runner-up, 2011
Honorable Mention for “Okpik,” Glimmer Train Fiction Open, Sep. 2010)
“The Marriage of Gendered Minds: Uniting Dichotomies in British Psychology and Literature, 1790-1860.” Northeast Modern Language Association. Boston, MA. 2013.
“The Place of Literature in 19th-Century British Psychiatry: Henry Holland’s Chapters of Mental Physiology.” Mid-Atlantic Conference on British Studies. Penn State U at Abington. 2012.
“From Reverie to Nightmare: Mary Shelley’s Introduction to Frankenstein.” 38th Convention of Northeast Modern Language Association. Baltimore, MD. 2007.
“Birthing Ideas: The Generative Stage of Reverie in Bulwer Lytton’s Caxtoniana.” 19th-Century Reproduction. Dept. of English, Temple U. 2007.
“The Threat of Reverie: Emasculating the Regulated Mind.” Victorian Masculinities. U of Keele (with U of Birmingham). 2006.
“Ungovernable Minds: Mapping Reverie in Robert MacNish’s Philosophy of Sleep.” Department of English and Related Literature Graduate Conference. U of York. 2005.
“Windows: Connection, Illumination, and the Directed Gaze in Early Modern Literature’s Contemplative Space.” Material Culture Discussion Group. U of York. 2003.