Associate Professor of English Nicola Minott-Ahl was invited to be the guest speaker at a luncheon in honor of Jane Austen’s birthday (December 16, 1775) hosted by the Rochester Region of the Jane Austen Society of America. The title of her talk was “Game Theorist or Gamester-Is Lydia Bennet the real heroine of Pride and Prejudice?”
Minott-Ahl has served as an HWS faculty member since 2004. Prior to joining the Colleges, she was a lecturer at Ithaca College and a teaching assistant at Cornell University. At HWS, Minott-Ahl teaches courses including “Victorian Poets,” “Gothic Novel,” “Jane Austen in Film” and “Dickens and His World.”
She earned a B.A. in English from the City College of New York, and went on to study at the City University of New York where she earned a M.A. in Comparative Literature, as well her certificate in medieval studies. She also holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the City University of New York.
In addition, Minott-Ahl’s current scholarly interests include Jane Austen studies, 19th century novel and gothic architecture. She is currently working on a book-length study, “The Architectural Novel: How William Ainsworth, Victor Hugo and Alexandre Dumas Constructed the National Identities of 19th Century England and France.”
Minott-Ahl has presented papers at conferences around the world, including the Literary London Conference at the College of St. Mary in London, the Nineteenth Century Conference at the University of Leuven in Belgium, and the Conference of South Central MLA in Houston, Texas. She has also published on the works of Jane Austen, Victor Hugo and William Harrison Ainsworth.