Distinguished Professor Emerita

Patricia Craddock

Patricia Craddock is the author or editor of four books and many articles on Edward Gibbon, author of The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, including a two-volume biography, Young Edward Gibbon: Gentleman of Letters (1982) and Edward Gibbon: “Luminous” Historian (1989).

Her work has been supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship, two NEH senior fellowships, an ACLS grant-in-aid, and a fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton). She is the 1997–98 Catherine and Herbert Yardley Professor at the University of Florida. Formerly chair of the Department of English at Boston University, she came to the University of Florida as Professor and Chair of English in 1988 and served as chair until 1994. She has taught also at the University of Montevallo, Connecticut College, and Goucher College, and as a visiting professor at M.I.T.

As editor of Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, she published two of the annual volumes of that journal, and she has served on the editorial boards of South Atlantic Review (1996–98),The Age of Johnson (1992–present), and the Georgia Smollett edition (1997–present). She has served as English Book Review editor of The Eighteenth Century: A Current Bibliography, the standard interdisciplinary bibliography in eighteenth-century studies.

Professor Craddock’s interests include children’s literature, nineteenth-century fiction and narrative theory in general, and Victorian literature, as well as all aspects of eighteenth-century British culture.  She is pursuing a book on The Historical Art of Edward Gibbon, and preparing an online  edition of the The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.


Professor Emeritus

Alistair Duckworth has an MA from the University of Edinburgh and an MA and PhD from Johns Hopkins University. He has taught at the University of Virginia and, on summer or visiting appointments, at the University of Edinburgh; Mount Holyoke College.SUNY Buffalo; UNO Innsbruck; FSU Florence; and FSU London; He joined the UF faculty in 1973. In 1998 Professor Duckworth was designated the T. Walter Herbert Commemorative Term Professor, and in 1999 he received a SAADE Outstanding Teacher Award. He retired from UF in 2003 and has been employed since by FSU in London and Florence.

Professor Duckworth was a Guggenheim Fellow in 1978 and a visiting fellow at Magdalen College, Oxford, in 1988. He has published more than 100 essays and reviews on English fiction and the relations between literature and landscape. His The Improvement of the Estate: A Study of Jane Austen’s Novels (Johns Hopkins UP, 1971) was reissued in paperback with a new introduction in 1994. Other books are “Howards End”: E. M. Forster’s House of Fiction(1992) and (with David C. Streatfield) Landscapes in the Gardens and the Literature of Eighteenth-Century (1981). Bedford Books/ St Martin’s Press published his case-study edition of Forster’s Howards End (1997) and his case-study edition of Austen’s Emma.  (2002).

Professor Duckworth has served on the Editorial Board of the Cambridge UP edition of Jane Austen’s Works, (9 vols, 2005–07). He has lectured on Jane Austen at the University of Bologna, Goldsmith’s College of the University of London, the University of Lincoln, the University of Aberdeen, and the Scottish Branch of the Jane Austen Society.


Professor Emeritus

Brian McCrea received his BA from Kalamazoo College in 1971 and his PhD from the University of Virginia in 1975. His most recent book is Impotent Fathers: Patriarchy and Demographic Crisis in the 18th-Century Novel (Delaware, 1998). He also is author of Henry Fielding and the Politics of Mid-Eighteenth-Century England (Georgia, 1981), which won the 1979 SAMLA Modern Language and Literature Studies Award, and of Addison and Steele Are Dead: The English Department, Its Canon, and the Professionalization of Literary Criticism(Delaware, 1990).

Professor McCrea has held fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Society for 18th-Century Studies. He is presently at work on a book dealing with the legal backgrounds for 18th-century novels, particularly the rights of orphan heiresses. McCrea has been at UF since 1976.


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Professor Emeritus

Melvyn New (AB Columbia, 1959; PhD, Vanderbilt, 1966) has been writing about literature, most especially that of the eighteenth century, for over thirty years.

Professor New edited, with Joan New, the Florida Edition of Tristram Shandy: The Text (1978), and with Richard A. Davies and W. G. Day, Tristram Shandy: The Notes (1986); this edition is the standard scholarly edition of the novel and forms the basis for his Penguin edition of the work (1997). In 1996, he published his edition of Sterne’s Sermons, volumes 4 and 5 of the Florida Works of Sterne. He is author of Laurence Sterne as Satirist (UF, 1969), Telling New Lies: Essays in Fiction, Past and Present (UF 1992), and “Tristram Shandy”: A Book for Free Spirits(Twayne, 1994); and editor of Approaches to Teaching “Tristram Shandy” (MLA, 1989); “Tristram Shandy”: Contemporary Critical Essays (Macmillan/St. Martin’s, 1992); The Complete Novels and Selected Writings of Amy Levy, 1861-1889 (UF, 1993); and Critical Essays on Laurence Sterne (G. K. Hall, 1998).

Professor New has published over 70 essays, notes, and book reviews on Sterne and other authors, both early modern and contemporary, in such journals as PMLAPhilological QuarterlyModern Fiction StudiesStudies in BibliographyPBSAThe Georgia ReviewEighteenth-Century StudiesEighteenth Century: Theory and InterpretationMLNEighteenth Century Fiction, and Word and Image. New also serves as the Sterne-Smollett editor of The Scribblerian and the American editor of The Shandean: The Annual Laurence Sterne Trust.

Professor New chaired the Department of English at the University of Florida from 1979 to 1988. He has been the recipient of three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the most recent in 1995–96 for work on volume 6 of the Florida Sterne: A Sentimental Journey and Journal to Eliza. In 1997 he was one of 30 recipients of the inaugural class of University of Florida Research Foundation Professorships.


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