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Michelle Faubert - University of Manitoba, Romantic Literature & Visiting Fellow, Northumbria University. Winnipeg, MB, CA

Michelle Faubert Michelle Faubert

Associate Professor | University of Manitoba, Romantic Literature & Visiting Fellow, Northumbria University

Winnipeg, MB, CANADA

Associate Professor in the Department of English, Film and Literature

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Biography

Michelle Faubert is an Associate Professor of Romantic literature at the University of Manitoba in Canada and a Visiting Fellow at Northumbria University in England. Her publications include the monograph "Rhyming Reason: The Poetry of Romantic-Era Psychologists" (Pickering & Chatto, 2009) and articles on Romantic-era literature and psychology, early feminism, abolition, and suicide. She also co-edited and contributed to "Romanticism and Pleasure" (Palgrave, 2010) and co-edited a volume of English medical texts about depression from 1660-1800 (Pickering & Chatto, 2012). Her edition of Mary Wollstonecraft’s novellas, "Mary and The Wrongs of Woman", was published by Broadview Press in 2012, and she is working on on the Broadview edition of Mary Shelley’s "Mathilda". Her current monograph projects are on suicide in the Romantic era, for which she has received a five-year SSHRC grant, and on the abolitionist Granville Sharp.

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Education/Learning Entertainment International Affairs Performing Arts Print Media Research

Areas of Expertise (15)

Romanticism Representation of Suicide History of Psychiatry Historical Feminism Literature of Sensibility Literature and Medicine / Science Foucauldian Theory Mary Wollstonecraft Mary Shelley Granville Sharp New Historicism The Scottish Enlightenment Constructions of Identity Madness in Literature Early Abolition

Accomplishments (5)

SSHRC Insight Grant (professional)

2015 - 2020

SSHRC Insight Grant, “Romanticism and Revolutionary Suicide” ($145,697)

Gerda Henkel Stiftung Research Scholarship

2014 - 2016

Visiting Fellow, Northumbria University

2010 - 2016

University of Manitoba Merit Award for Teaching and Research

2013

Faculty of Arts Teaching Excellence Award: Probationary Faculty category

2012

Education (3)

University of Toronto: Ph.D.

University of Regina: M.A.

University of Regina: B.A.

Affiliations (1)

  • Visiting Fellow Northumbria University

Media Appearances (5)

Talk openly about suicide

Winnipeg Free Press  

2015-10-30

Last week, it was reported Nunavut Premier Peter Taptuna declared suicide in the territory a crisis, an announcement that resulted from a coroner's inquest into suicide in the territory in September...

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Professor finds lost 232-year old letter condemning slave massacre

UM Today  

2015-08-17

British Library unaware it had Granville Sharp’s 1783 missive on the Zong massacre until University of
Manitoba professor inadvertently discovers it.

In the Rare Book Room of the British Library, while perusing a volume of “comparatively unimportant
pamphlets” from the 18th century, U of M professor Michelle Faubert saw something unusual – beautiful
handwriting.

“I thought, Why is this beautiful handwriting in with this book of published [pamphlets]?… I just couldn’t
believe it. I could hardly keep still. I knew I was on to something,” Faubert says...

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Romantic idea of suicide explored in presentation about Goethe novel

CBC News  

2014-03-10

Michelle Faubert, ​professor of English, Film and Theatre at the University of Manitoba is giving a talk on the subject and tenor Robert MacLaren, also from the U of M, will sing some arias from the opera as part of the event.

"I think that one of the main reasons why that notion was so attractive to people was that it suited the taste for excess emotion that was so celebrated in romantic era literature," explained Faubert...

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The Werther Effect and Romantic-era Perceptions of Suicide

CBC MB Interview  

2014-03-10

Michelle Faubert, professor of English, Film and Theatre at the University of Manitoba is giving a talk on the
subject and tenor Robert MacLaren, also from the U of M, will sing some arias from the opera as part of the
event...

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The Werther Effect and Romantic-era Perceptions of Suicide

Millenium Library  

2014-03-10

Michelle Faubert (English, Film and Theatre, UManitoba) will discuss Romantic-era notions of suicide as both a theme in literature and as an influential component of debates about human rights. Robert MacLaren (Music, UManitoba), accompanied by Laura Loewen (Music, UManitoba), will perform two short arias from Massenet’s opera...

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Event Appearances (5)

“Mary Shelley’s Mathilda and ‘The Mourner’: Travel, Isolation, Suicide”; conference paper

RSAA (Romantic Studies Association of Australasia) Biennial Conference  Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand

2017-07-26

“Encrypted Secrets, Cultural Discontent, and a New Letter by Granville Sharp”; conference paper

North American Society for the Study of Romanticism  Berkeley University, California, USA

2016-07-26

“Goethe’s and Massenet’s Werther: Music, Text, and the Werther-effect”; lecture

Massenet's Werther  Manitoba Opera

2017-07-26

Pre-show presentation on Romantic-era culture for Giselle;

Ballet: "Giselle"  Centennial Hall, Winnipeg

Pre-theatre presentation on _Jane Eyre_

_Jane Eyre_ play  Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre

Research Grants (5)

“Romanticism and Revolutionary Suicide”

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada 

5-year Insight Grant (2015-20)

"Romanticism and Suicide"; Gerda Henkel Stiftung Research Scholarship

Gerda Henkel Stiftung (Germany) 

2014-16 research grant

2014 UM/SSHRC Research Grant

University of Manitoba and SSHRC 

2014 research grant

RH Award, U of M; for excellence in research in the humanities

University of Manitoba 

2010

Association of Commonwealth Universities Titular Fellowship: The Gordon and Jean Southam Fellowship

Association of Commonwealth Universities, UK 

2010

Partnerships (1)

Collaboration for SSHRC Insight Grant

Leigh Wetherall-Dickson Northumbria University

Wetherall-Dickson is international collaborator on Insight Grant

Articles (4)

Granville Sharp's manuscript letter to the admiralty on the Zong massacre: a new discovery in the British Library Slavery and Abolition

2016

During research at the British Library (BL) in May 2015, I discovered a previously unknown manuscript letter from 1783 by Granville Sharp to the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty. The document concerns the case of the infamous Zong slave ship: Sharp wrote the letter to demand that the Admiralty bring murder charges against the crew of the Zong...

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Introduction: Romanticism and Suicide Literature Compass

2015

This essay introduces the issue of Literature Compass that explores the topic of female suicide and Romantic literature, culture, and criticism. Although little critical work has been published on suicide and Romanticism to date, the subject addresses concerns that several major recent works on Romanticism have studied, such as the body and medicine, psychology, violence, and protest against political and domestic tyranny. Historically, too, the topic of Romanticism and suicide appears tangentially in well-known scholarship about melancholy, madness, genius, the sublime, and the transcendental...

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The Fictional Suicides of Mary Wollstonecraft Literature Compass

2015

Suicide conveyed several distinct meanings in the Romantic period – unlike today, when it is most often attributed to mental illness. This meaning also existed in the long eighteenth century, but it was understood more broadly as irrationality and popularized through the emphasis on extreme passion and emotionalism as related to suicide in the literature of sentiment. William Godwin capitalized on this widely recognized and – to some extent – culturally ameliorative significance of suicide by casting his dead wife, Mary Wollstonecraft, as a character in a novel of sensibility when he reported her two suicide attempts in the Memoirs (1798)...

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A Family Affair: Ennobling Suicide in Mary Shelley's Matilda Essays in Romanticism

2013

Mary Shelley's 1819 novella, Matilda was published for the first time in 1959. Most scholars point to the scandalous subject matter of father-daughter incestuous passion as the root of the problem for publication, but this essay argues that the scandalous incest plot is largely a vehicle Shelley uses to explore another shocking topic: the right to commit suicide. The incest theme of Matilda serves Shelley's main argument that suicide may be regarded as virtuous, honourable, and even socially beneficial...

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