Ellen Moody graduated from Queens College, CUNY in 1969, with a BA, Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, winning the English Department Award; during her last year she attended Leeds University on a Chancellor's Scholarship. After living in England for 2 years, and teaching briefly, she returned to do a Ph.D. in English Literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, with her major areas the Renaissance and eighteenth-century French and English literature; her dissertation study, "Richardson, Romance and Reverie," later became the basis for papers on rape in Clarissa, and the 1991 film adaptation scripted by David Nokes. During her time of study for the Ph.D., she won an American Association of University Scholarship (1978-79) and taught at Brooklyn College and Queens College, CUNY (as a Graduate Fellow). After moving to Virginia with her husband and having two children, she returned to teaching at the Northern Regional Center of the University of Virginia, The American University and lastly, George Mason University (where she taught for 21 years). She is now an independent scholar.
In addition to her book, Trollope on the 'Net, she has published on film adaptations of Trollope's novels ("Trollope on Television: Intertexuality in the Pallisers and Other Trollope Films, Victorian Literature and Film Adaptation, ed. Abigail Burnham Bloom and Mary Sanders Pollock [Cambria Press, 2011]), and has placed three essays on Trollope here on the Victorian Web. Her other publications extend from the Renaissance to the nineteenth century, with particular areas of interest women's poetry (particularly Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea), women's letters and life writing, film adaptations and translation study, Frances Burney and Jane Austen, e.g., "Continent Isolated: Anglocentricity in Austen Criticism:" in Re-Drawing Austen
She has translated the complete corpus of poetry by Vittoria Colonna (1492-1547) and Veronica Gambara (1485-1550), published in the web at Fiera Lingue, and her own website where she has also created and place e-texts editions of Anna Murray Halkett's Autobiography, and Isabelle de Montolieu’s Caroline de Lichtfield, and Sophie Cottin’s Amelie Mansfield. She maintains extensive sections on her website devoted to scholarship on Jane Austen, Anthony Trollope, women's poetry, the gothic and popular fiction (e.g., the historical novels of Winston Graham). She has written for on-line magazines on Jane Austen and translated poetry. She is a regular reviewer for the Intelligencer, an periodical specializing in eighteenth-century studies, and has published many reviews in such periodicals as The Eighteenth Century: A current Bibliography, Scriblerian, The Sixteenth Century Journal: The Journal of Early Modern Studies, Renaissance Quarterly, the Burney Letter, Keats-Shelley Journal, Nineteenth-Century Contexts. Her interests include book illustration, historical fiction and film adaptations (e.g., "Taking Sides," Studies in the Novel, 36: 2 : 251-69), and she is now working on a book focused on film adaptations of Jane Austen, whose working title is "A Place of Refuge."
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