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Minott-Ahl Lectures for Women’s History Month

In conjunction with Women’s History Month, Associate Professor of English Nicola Minott-Ahl presented a talk “What’s Wrong with Lydia? Jane Austen and the Female Gamester in Pride and Prejudice” on March 8 at Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua, N.Y.

Minott-Ahl, who has published works on Jane Austen and teaches a course “Jane Austen in Film,” led the hour-long, public discussion.

At HWS, Minott-Ahl also teaches courses such as “Victorian Poets,” “Gothic Novel” and “Dickens and His World.” Her current scholarly interests include 19th century novel and gothic architecture, and she has just completed 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 published on the works of Victor Hugo and William Harrison Ainsworth.

Prior to joining the Colleges in 2004, Minott-Ahl was a lecturer at Ithaca College and a teaching assistant at Cornell University. She holds a B.A. in English, M.A. in comparative literature, certificate in medieval studies and her Ph.D. in comparative literature, all from the City University of New York.