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Lisa Vargo

Lisa Vargo

B.A. (Mount Holyoke), M.A., Ph.D. (Toronto)

Professor

Office: Arts 318
Phone: 966-5500
Email: lisa.vargo@usask.ca

Honours, Awards & Distinctions (Most Recent)

  • Distinction in Outreach and Engagement, awarded by University of Saskatchewan, June 4, 2007
  • Canada Post Literacy Award (Educator Award), awarded by Canada Post, September 8, 2004
  • Saskatchewan Literacy Award of Merit, awarded by Saskatchewan Literacy Foundation, May 3, 1999
  • USSU Teaching Excellence Award, awarded by USSU, March 31, 1998

Research

Lisa Vargo teaches and researches 18th- and 19th-century literature. She is particularly interested in women writers, especially Mary Shelley and Anna Barbauld. She has published articles on Graham Greene, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Robinson, Anna Barbauld, Mary Shelley, Anna Jameson, hypertext editing, gothic women's fiction, Scottish women writers, 18th-century representations of the moose and most recently Mathilde Blind. She is the editor of Mary Shelley's Lodore (Broadview Press, 1997) and Thomas Love Peacock's Nightmare Abbey (Broadview Press, 2007).  She is co-editor with Allison Muri of an edition of Anna Barbauld's Poems (1773) for Romantic Circles Electronic Editions. Her edition of Mary Shelley's Spanish and Portuguese Lives appears in the 4-volume set Mary Shelley's Literary Lives and Other Writings from Pickering and Chatto.  Lisa is Associate Editor (North America) for the journal Women's Writing. She has spend many years as a tutor and  volunteer in adult literacy work.

Publications

BOOKS, CHAPTERS IN BOOKS, EXPOSITORY, AND REVIEW ARTICLES:

Editions Published:

L. Vargo, ed. 2007. Thomas Love Peacock. Nightmare Abbey.  Peterborough: Broadview Press.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
L. Vargo, 2002.  Spanish and Portuguese Lives. Mary Shelley’s Literary Lives and Other Writings Vol. 2 General Editor: Nora Crook.  London: Pickering and Chatto.

L. Vargo, with Allison Muri, 2000.  “Anna Laetitia Aikin [later Barbauld].  Poems 1773.”  Romantic Circles Electronic Editions. <http://www.rc.umd.edu/editions/>.  Hypertext edition.

L. Vargo, ed., 1997.  Mary Shelley, Lodore, Peterborough, ON., Broadview Press.

Chapters in Books Published:

L. Vargo, 2010.  “Writing for The Liberal.”  Mary Shelley: Her Circle and Her   Contemporaries. Ed. L. Adam Mekler and Lucy Morrison. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 2010. 131-49.

L. Vargo, 2008.   “A Finer Tone: Victorian Lives of Mrs. Barbauld and Mrs.Shelley.” Romantic Echoes in the Victorian Era. Ed. Mark Sandy and Andrew Radford.  Aldershot : Ashgate, 2008. 15-26.

L. Vargo, 2004.  “Women’s Gothic Romance: Writers, Readers, and the Pleasures of the Form.” A Companion to Romance. Ed. Corinne Saunders.  Oxford: Blackwells. 233-50.

L. Vargo, 2004.  “Mrs. Julian T. Marshall’s Life and Letters of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.” Nervous Reactions. Ed. Joel Faflak and Julia M. Wright.  Albany: SUNY P. 47-64.

L. Vargo, 2001. “Further Thoughts on the Education of Daughters: Lodore as an Imagined Conversation with Mary Wollstonecraft.”  Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley: Writing Lives.  Ed. Helen M. Buss, D. L, Macdonald, and Anne McWhir. Wilfred Laurier P. 177-87.

L. Vargo, 1996.  "The Quiet American and 'a Mr. Liebermann,' " in The Quiet American: Text and Criticism.  Ed. John Clark Pratt.  New York: Penguin Books. 356‑65.

L. Vargo, 1996.  "Close Your Eyes and Think of Shelley: Versioning Mary Shelley's Triumph of Life."  Evaluating Shelley: Perspectives from the Fin de Siecle.  Ed. Jerrold Hogle and Timothy Clark.  U of Edinburgh P. 215‑224.

Critical Essays

L.Vargo, 2012.  “Hannah More.” “Anna Letitia Barbauld and Fiction.”  “Verse Epistle.”   “Mary Godwin Shelley.” “Mary Lamb’s Fiction.” “Susanna Blamire.”  The Encyclopedia of Romantic Literature ed. Frederick Burwick, Nancy Moore Goslee, and Diane Hoeveler.  Blackwell Publishing.

 L. Vargo, 2002. “Rebekah Carmichael.” and "Mrs. Ryves." Scottish Women Poets of the Romantic Period. Ed. Nancy Kushigian and Stephen Behrendt. Alexander Street P. (Electronic Archive Critical Anthology).

PAPERS IN REFEREED JOURNALS:

L. Vargo, 2013. “The Romantic Prospects of the Duke of Richmond’s Moose.”  European Romantic Review 24.3: 297-305.

L. Vargo, 2009. “(Re)placing a Site of Friendship: Frances Wright and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.” La Questione Romantica, University of Bologna, New Series 1, 1 (2009): 83-93.

L. Vargo, 2009. “Modes on Communication in Anna Barbauld’s ‘On a Lady’s Writing.’” Lumen 28 (2009): 127-37.

L. Vargo, 2008.  “Mary Shelley, Corinne, and ‘the mantle of enthusiasm.’” European Romantic Review 19: 171-77.

 L. Vargo, 2006.  Mary Shelley Studies: From “Author of Frankenstein” to “the great work of life” Literature Compass: Romanticism 3: http://www.blackwell-compass.com (12 pages              

L. Vargo, 2005.  “The Aikins and the Godwins: Notions of Conflict and Stoicism in Anna Barbauld and Mary Shelley.” Romanticism 11.1: 84-98.

L. Vargo, 2002. “Tabitha Bramble and the Lyrical Tales.  Women’s Writing. Special Number: Mary Robinson. Ed. Jacqueline Labbe.  9: 37-52.

L. Vargo, 2000. “The Anna Letitia Barbauld Web Page: 1773 Meets 2000.”  Romanticism on the Net 19 (August).  <http://users.ox.ac.uk/~scat0385/19barbauld.html>

L. Vargo, 1999.  Lodore and the ‘novel of society.’”  Women’s Writing. Special Number: Mary Shelley.  Ed. Marie Mulvey-Roberts and Janet Todd.  6.3: 425-40.

L. Vargo, 1998.  "The Case of Anna Laetitia Barbauld's To Mr. Coleridge'." The Charles Lamb Bulletin, New Series No. 102 (April 1998): 55‑63.

L. Vargo, 1998.  "An enlargement of home': Anna Jameson and      the Representation of Nationalism."  Victorian Review 24(1998): 53‑68. 

L. Vargo, 1995.  "The Claims of `real life and manners': Coleridge and Mary Robinson."  The Wordsworth Circle 26:134‑7.

L. Vargo, 1987.  "Unmasking Shelley's Mask of Anarchy," English Studies in Canada 13: 49‑64.

L. Vargo, 1984.  "The Quiet American and 'a Mr. Liebermann,'" English Language Notes 21: 63‑70.