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I’ve been teaching since 2006 at Marymount University in Arlington, VA, where I work on eighteenth-century British literature, cultural studies, theater history, theory, and writing. Over the past years, I’ve also been working on several digital humanities projects–most recently, an open digital anthology of literature. My Omeka project with Marymount’s Gomatos Collection is now hosted by the WRLC, as well.  I studied eighteenth-century literature at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where I also worked for a bit as an SGML/XML reviewer for EEBO. After Michigan, I spent a year at Washington & Lee University as a Visiting Assistant Professor.  I have a new essay coming out about teaching Eliza Haywood’s 1719 novel Love in Excess, and I just finished a piece on Klaus Kinski in David Schmoeller’s 1986 Empire International Picture, Crawlspace. I’ve also published on the figure of the contortionist (or “posture-master”) in the eighteenth century (Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies, 12.4), early eighteenth-century British farce (Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Theatre Research 25.1) and using simple data visualization tools to teach early modern literature (Journal of the Liberal Arts and Sciences 2009). Current projects include work on Isaac Fawkes, the first modern English magician; and narration in Charlotte Lennox’s mid-century novel Henrietta.

When I’m not in the classroom, or the office, I like to watch bad horror films, read things completely unacademic, cook, garden, fix up my 1919 bungalow, and throw pottery. Here’s my Etsy shop, one mouse in seven. Please stop by and support my habit! I have two cats, Mr. B— and Anna, who enjoy sleeping, eating, and sitting on papers as soon as I put a stack down. It’s like they have radar.

Contact me at thowe at marymount dot edu or find me on twitter @howet, though I’ve admittedly been less proactive about twitter than I should be. I hereby apologize to the thousands of people eagerly awaiting my next tweet.