Marcia McClintock Folsom
Chair and Professor Humanities and Writing Department
School of Arts and Sciences
Office: Activities East 225A
B.A. (English, General Honors), Wellesley College
M.A., University of California at Berkeley
Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley
Marcia McClintock Folsom teaches literature, writing, and the humanities, and is Chair of Humanities and Writing. She is a passionate and committed teacher who has taught at Wheelock for more than forty years. Her "Introduction to the Humanities" includes study of ancient cultures, and her interest in Greek and Biblical archeology has led her to trips in the Mediterranean that inform her teaching in that course. Likewise, her love of Austen's work led her to travel in England and to Austen conferences around the country.
She is co-editor with John Wiltshire of Approaches to Teaching Austen's Mansfield Park (2014), the editor of Approaches to Teaching Austen's Pride and Prejudice (1993) and Approaches to Teaching Austen's Emma (2004), all published by the Modern Language Association. Her collection, By Women: An Anthology of Literature (1976), was a pioneering book for secondary school English courses.
She has served as chair of Arts and Sciences and as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Wheelock, and in those positions worked on the creation of Wheelock's multi-disciplinary majors. She is known in the Boston area for her lectures at the Radcliffe Seminars, the Teachers as Scholars program, the Jane Austen Society, and the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation. Her research interests are Austen, Shakespeare, and the scholarship of teaching.
- Approaches to Teaching Austen's Persuasion, Ed. With John Wiltshire, New York, MLA Press, work in progress.
- Approaches to Teaching Austen's Mansfield Park. Ed. With John Wiltshire. New York: MLA Press (2014).
- "Power in Mansfield Park: Austen's Study of Domination and Resistance," Persuasions 34 (2013).
- "The Narrator's Voice and the Sense of Sense and Sensibility,"Persuasions 33 (2012).
- "Inherited and Living Variables: The Choices of Sisters and Brothers in Austen's Mansfield Park," Persuasions 30 OnLine, 2009.
- "The Privilege of My Profession: Austen's Legacy in the Classroom," Persuasions 29 OnLine, 2008.
- "Part of an Englishwoman's Constitution: The Presence of Shakespeare in Mansfield Park." Persuasions 28 (2007).
Selected Recent Presentations
- "Emma: Knowing Her Mind," Jane Austen Society of North America, Annual General Meeting, Washington, D. C. October, 2016
- "Celebrating Austen's Mansfield Park in the Bicentennial," Panel at Harvard Eighteenth Century Seminar, Cambridge, MA, November 2014
- "Teaching Mansfield Park in the Twenty-First Century, New Contexts, Controversies, and Opportunities," Annual General Meeting of the Jane Austen Society of North America, Montreal, Quebec, October, 2014; JASNA Massachusetts Region, Boston, March 2015.
- "Power in Mansfield Park: Austen's Study of Domination and Resistance," Annual General Meeting of the Jane Austen Society of North America, Brooklyn, New York, October 2012; Harvard Eighteenth Century Seminar, Cambridge, MA, November 2012, JASNA Massachusetts, Boston, March 2013.
- "The Ward Sisters and the Next Generation,: Narrative Innovations in Austen's Mansfield Park, keynote Jane Austen Society of North America, New York region, New York, March 2012.
- "Austen's Sense and Sensibility at 200," seminar leader, Teachers as Scholars, two-day seminar, Cambridge, MA, January 2012.
- First and Second: Attachments, Novels, and Sisters: Jane Austen Society of North America, Annual
- General Meeting, on Sense and Sensibility at 200, Fort Worth, TX, October 2011, JASNA Massachusetts, Boston, November 2011.
- "Pleasure Squared and Squared Again: Rereading Austen's Emma, seminar leader, Teachers as Scholars, two-day seminar, Cambridge, MA, January 2011l.
- "On Mansfield Park: Rethinking the Critical History of Fanny Price," Association Of Literary Critics, Scholars, and Writers, Boston University, March 2011.
- "Pleasure Squared and Squared Again: Rereading Austen's Emma," seminar leader, Teachers as Scholars, two-day Seminar, Cambridge, MA, January 2011.
- "Always Fresh: Reading Austen's Pride and Prejudice," seminar leader, Teachers as Scholars, two-day Seminar, Cambridge, MA, January 2010.
- Featured Scholar, "Reading Austen and Watching the Films," WGBH half-hour Promotional Television Broadcast, Spring 2008.
- Lead participant in Modern Language Association's national radio series, "What's the Word," on Austen's Pride and Prejudice, first aired March 2007. http://www.prx.org/pieces/16919-what-s-the-word-pride-and-prejudice
- Literature 240: Love and Heroism: The Renaissance in England
- Literature 402: Advanced Studies in Literature: Homer's Odyssey
- Literature 270: The American Renaissance
- Literature 249: Major Author: Jane Austen
- Literature 219: The British Novel of the Nineteenth Century
- Humanities 201: Introduction to the Humanities
- Humanities 401: Senior Seminar in the Humanities (with history scholar Dr. Jama Lazerow): American History, Literature, and Philosophy in the Antebellum Period
- Literature 362: Shakespeare