Heather King

Professor, English
English

Contact

P: 909.748.8581
E: heather_king@redlands.edu

 

Current Research

Dr. King is currently working on two lines of inquiry in eighteenth-century fiction by women: 1) moments of moral reflection, in which mirrors become tools of seeing the state of one’s character, rather than one’s coif, and 2) economics – as articulated by Adam Smith – in the novels of Jane Austen.  She is also undertaking research with students about Children’s Literature, specifically 1) the symbolic function of baseball in middle-grade fiction, and 2) how talking mice and rats in middle grade and young adult fiction suggest what it means to be human.

Areas of Expertise
Eighteenth-century literature (especially prose fiction, drama, women’s writing and satire)
Jane Austen
The novel
Harry Potter
YA Fiction
Shakespeare
Adaptation 

Background Highlights
Essay:  “Domestic Virtues and National Importance: Sailors, Commerce, and Virtue in Mansfield Park, Persuasion, and The Wealth of Nations in The International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education, special issue on “Economics and the Novel” (forthcoming February 2016).

  • “Harry Potter and the Invisible Hand: The Virtue of Business That is Not Serious,” accepted for inclusion in Capitalism and Commerce in Imaginative Literature: Perspectives on Business from Novels and Plays, ed. Edward Younkin (Lexington Books, 2016)

     

  • “Pictures of Women in Frances Burney’s Cecilia and Camilla: How Cecilia Looks and What Camilla Sees,”  in Beyond Sense and Sensibility: Moral Formation and the Literary Imagination from Johnson to Wordsworth, ed. Peggy Thompson.  (Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 2014)

     

  • “Shakespeare in the Restoration Theatre: ‘Staging’ Assignments.” Digital Defoe, Special Issue: Eighteenth Century Studies and the State of Education (2011)

    Papers:
     “Domestic Virtues and National Importance: Persuasion, Theory of Moral Sentiments, and The Wealth of Nations,” International Adam Smith Society panel at American Society for Eighteenth-
  • Century Studies, Los Angeles (2015)

     

    “Men of Feeling: Gender and Sensibility in Frances Burney’s Novels”Western Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, San Luis Obispo (2015)

     

    Nominee: Mortar Board Professor of the Year, 2012
    Recipient: 
        Named English Professor of the Year by Sigma Tau Delta

    2014: Invited to attend workshop on Restoration Shakespeare at the Folger Library, Washington D.C.

    Hunsaker Teaching Grant (internal grant for travel related to course development)

    2015: aTUG Grant (internal technology grant, providing ipads for students)

                             

    Courses Offered at Redlands

The Eighteenth Century: Regicides, Libertines, Bluestockings, and Fops
Single Author Seminar: Jane Austen
Women’s Literature
Images of Women in Literature
Shakespeare in Adaptation: The Restoration Era
Children’s Literature (including courses on Harry Potter and Fairy Tales)
Comic Books
Literary Traditions
Johnston courses

Degrees Held
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1992-99
Area of Concentration: Eighteenth-Century British Literature
Minor: Latin

  • M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1991-92

  • B.A. magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Boston University,1987-91 
    Majors: English Literature and Classical Civilization 
    Distinction in English for Senior Thesis: “‘To Virtue and her Friends a Friend’” 
    Dean’s College Prize for Excellence in Classical Studies

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    Previous Teaching Experience

    Lecturer at University of Wisconsin 1997-2000

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    Awards, Honors and Grants

2002: Nominated by colleagues for an Outstanding Faculty Award in Innovative Teaching

  • 2003: Nominated by students for Mortar Board Professor of the Year (one of five nominees)

  • 2003: Received Neal K. Pahia Advisor of the Year Award for work with University of Redlands Women’s Center and Sigma Kappa Alpha

  • 2004: Received research grant from University of Redlands Banta Center for Business, Ethics, and Society for project on eighteenth-century women’s writing and moral philosophy

  • 2004: Campus nominee for NEH Summer Fellowship

  • 2005: Received Gwin J. and Ruth. Kolb Research Travel Award from American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies to conduct research at Huntington Library

  • 2009: Nominated for Mortar Board Professor of the Year Received Outstanding Service Award from Faculty Review Committee

  • 2010:  Received Visiting Research Fellowship at Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin  (in residence April, 2011)

  • 2012: Nominated for Mortar Board Professor of the Year,  Named English Professor of the Year by Sigma Tau Delta

  • 2014: Invited to attend workshop on Restoration Shakespeare at the Folger Library, Washington D.C.

  • Hunsaker Teaching Grant (internal grant for travel related to course development)

  • 2015: aTUG Grant (internal technology grant, providing ipads for students)

  • Multidisciplinary Faculty Seminar (recruited members, proposed topic, coordinated group, reading list, and subsequent meetings for internal grant)

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    Heather King is the Faculty Advisor for Sigma Tau Delta, an English Honor Society.