Margaret McMillan



Areas of Interest
Nineteenth-century British & American Maritime fiction and non-fiction, exploration & travel narratives, industrial revolution at sea, popular literacy & reading habits of sailors, literature pertaining to the South Pacific

The College of William & Mary, B.A.

As a scholar of British and American maritime fiction, I perceive oceanic space as active places of labor and life. My study contributes to our understanding of the greater European Diaspora, by examining the space of the ocean in which immigration, material transfer, and transnational relationships are actualized. I study anything written about, for, and by sailors, but most recent projects include an analysis of the U.S. Naval reading lists c. 1830 and a project centered around Victorian maritime tracts. I am also increasingly turning my attention to Pacific spaces, particularly Hawaii.

Recent Scholarly Activity
“Seizing the Orator: The Metaphor of Naval Impressment in the Political Writing of John Thelwall.”

John Thelwall Society Conference, London, July 25-27, 2014.

“Losing Steam: Managing the Manpower Crisis in the British Merchant Marines.”                                                                                                                          
INCS 2014 “Nineteenth-Century Energies,” Houston, TX, March 29, 2014.

“Bread on the Water: British Maritime Charities, Sea-Going Tracts, and Victorian Sympathy at Sea.”
Conversion and Literature: Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Workshop. University of Notre Dame. Jan. 20, 2014.