Skip to Main Content

Diana Archibald

IMAGE OF Diana Archibald
Diana C. ArchibaldProfessor, Internship Coordinator
  • College
    College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Department
    English
  • Phone
    (978) 934-4199
  • Office
    O'Leary Library - 477
  • Email

Research Interests

Charles Dickens, Victorian Fiction, British Literature, Transatlantic Studies, Emigration Studies, Creative Nonfiction, Corpus Linguistics, and Service-Learning Pedagogy

Charles Dickens especially his relationship to America and non-British locales, Victorian intersections of gender and imperialism, corpus stylistics, and the scholarship of teaching and learning especially service-learning

Education

  • Ph D: English, (1998), Washington State University - Pullman, WA
    Supporting Area: 19th & 20th Century & Medieval British Literature
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: Constructing Home Sweet Home: Domesticity and Emigration in the Victorian Novel
  • MA: English, (1992), California State University - Sacramento, CA
  • BA: Religion, (1986), Pacific Lutheran University - Parkland, WA
    Supporting Area: Concentration in Theology and Ethics, Minor in English

Biography

Diana Archibald specializes in the Victorian novel, Charles Dickens, and Anglo-American transatlantic studies, particularly 19th century immigration. Her latest (co-edited) book, Dickens and Massachusetts: The Lasting Legacy of the Commonwealth Visits (UMass Press, May 2015), further develops material gathered for "Dickens and Massachusetts: A Tale of Power and Transformation," the award-winning public humanities exhibition at the Lowell National Historical Park in celebration of Charles Dickens's bicentennial (March 30-October 20, 2012). Archibald was co-curator and lead scholar of the exhibition and the Director of a seven-month slate of public programming for the "Dickens in Lowell" event series, funded by the Theodore Edson Parker Foundation. The exhibition, along with other legacy projects, is available online.

Her forthcoming article, “Language in Place: A Computational Analysis of American Notes,” in a Nineteenth-Century Prose special issue on Dickens and Non-Fiction is forthcoming in late 2018. She plans to continue employing corpus linguistics tools to investigate transatlantic topics, including an analysis of how, on a linguistic level, Dickens characterizes a perceived American propensity to gun violence, materialism, and jingoism. She has also begun working on an editing project in order to publish a 1939 European travel narrative written by a first-generation American who journeyed to the homeland of his immigrant parents on the eve of WWII.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • "Exceeding Excellence in Teaching" - UMass Lowell Student Government Association
  • Teaching Excellence Award - English Department, University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • UMass Lowell Service-Learning Award (2013), Teaching - University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Honors Faculty Mentor of the Year Award (2012), Teaching - University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Leadership in History Award of Merit (2012), Leadership - American Association for State and Local History
  • Administrative Fellow (2006) - University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • University in the City Scholar Award (2003), Scholarship/Research - University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Who's Who Among American Teachers (2001)
  • Blackburn Postdoctoral Fellowship (1999) - Washington State University
  • Second Prize Humanities Division (1994) - Graduate and Professional Student Association Research Exposition, Washington State University
  • First Prize Humanities Division (1993) - Graduate and Professional Student Association Research Exposition, Washington State University
  • Inducted Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society (1990)

Selected Publications

  • Archibald, D.C. (2018) "Article author: “Language in Place: A Computational Analysis of American Notes” in Nineteenth-Century Prose, special issue on Dickens and Non-Fiction," Nineteenth-Century Prose
  • Archibald, D.C. (2018) "Chapter author: “Introduction” in American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens. A new scholarly edition by Universitas Press ," Universitas Press
  • Archibald, D.C. (2017) "Chapter author: “Dickens and the Public Humanities: A Service-Learning Approach” in Teaching Victorian Literature in the 21st Century: A Guide to Pedagogy, ed. Jen Cadwallader and Laurence W. Mazzeno. ,"
  • Archibald, D.C. (2016) "Article author: “Dickensian Liminal Ports and Issues of Ambiguous or Hybrid National Identity: Boston and Boulogne” in Représentations, a journal published by the University of Grenoble Stendhal,"
  • Archibald, D.C. (2015) "Chapter author: “Dickens and Massachusetts: A Tale of Power and Transformation Exhibition Narrative with Illustrations” ,"
  • Archibald, D.C. (2015) "Chapter author: “Dickens’s Visit to the Perkins School and ‘Doctor Marigold’”,"
  • Archibald, D.C. (2015) "Chapter author: “Introduction: Dickens and Massachusetts, the Republic of His Imagination” ,"
  • Archibald, D.C., Brattin, J.J. (2015) "Book co-editor and main contributor: Dickens and Massachusetts: The Lasting Legacy of the Commonwealth Visits," University of Massachusetts Press pp. 224
  • Archibald, D.C. (2015) "Chapter author: "Learning Across 'Different Zones': Bridging the Gap between 'Two Nations' through Community Engagement" in Service Learning and Literary Studies in English, Roberta Rosenberg and Laurie Grobman, eds. ," Modern Language Association of America pp. 12
  • Archibald, D.C. (2014) "Chapter author: "Hasten to the Land of Promise: The Influence of Emigrant Letters on Dickens’s Life and Literature" in Domestic Fiction in Colonial Australia and New Zealand, Tamara Wagner, ed.," Pickering & Chatto pp. 37-47
  • Archibald, D.C. (2013) " Guest Co-Editor of Dickens Quarterly for Special Issue on Bicentenary," 30:2
  • Archibald, D.C. (2013) "Lead scholar and writer, co-producer, and host for digital humanities project: Dickens and Massachusetts: A Tale of Power and Transformation,"
  • Archibald, D.C. (2013) "Lead scholar, contributing writer, and co-producer for digital humanities project: Charles Dickens in Lowell: A Virtual Walking Tour,"
  • Archibald, D.C. (2013) "Review essay author: Sensation and Sublimation in Charles Dickens by John Gordon," Review 19: Assessing New Books on English and American Literature of the Nineteenth Century
  • Archibald, D.C. (2011) "Review essay author: The Cambridge Introduction to Charles Dickens by Jon Mee," Review 19: Assessing New Books on English and American Literature of the Nineteenth Century
  • Archibald, D.C. (2011) "Review essay author: Antipodal England: Emigration and Portable Domesticity in the Victorian Imagination by Janet C. Meyers," Journal of British Studies 50:3 pp. 770-771
  • Archibald, D.C. (2011) "Article author: Charles Dickens and Liverpool's Adelphi Hotel," The Victorian Web
  • Archibald, D.C. (2010) "Introduction and Guest Editor for Symbiosis: A Journal of Transatlanticism, Special Issue: Anti-Americanism in 19th Century British Literature," Symbiosis: A Journal of Anglo-American Literary Relations 14:2 pp. 127-286
  • Archibald, D.C. (2009) "Chapter author: “Barriers and Solutions to Launching an Interdisciplinary Movement: The University of Massachusetts Lowell” in The Politics of Interdisciplinary Studies: Essays on Transformations in American Undergraduate Programs edited by Tanya Augsburg and Stuart Henry,"
  • Archibald, D.C. (2007) "Article author: “Recent Dickens Studies: 2005” in Dickens Studies Annual (extended survey essay discussing 115 essays and books)," Dickens Studies Annual
  • Archibald, D.C. (2006) "Review essay author: Bleak Houses: Marital Violence in Victorian Fiction by Lisa Surridge," Dickens Quarterly 23:4 pp. 256-258
  • Archibald, D.C. (2006) "Chapter author: "'Of all the horrors…the foulest and most cruel': Sensation and Dickens's Oliver Twist" in Victorian Sensations: Essays on a Scandalous Genre, eds. Kimberly Harrison and Richard Fantina," Ohio University Press
  • Archibald, D.C. (2005) "Review essay author: Images of the Woman Reader in Victorian British and American Fiction by Catherine J. Golden," Dickens Quarterly 22:2 pp. 119-121
  • Archibald, D.C. (2005) "Article author: "Uniting Against the Common Foe: Male Bonding and the Reassertion of Patriarchal Power in 'Ithaca'"," In-between 12:1
  • Archibald, D.C. (2003) "Article author: "Writing Lives, Writing Community"," The Bridge Review: Merrimack Valley Culture 4:
  • Archibald, D.C. (2003) "Article author: "Environmentalism in the Creative Writing Classroom"," Academic Exchange Quarterly 7:4
  • Archibald, D.C. (2002) "Book author: Domesticity, Imperialism, and Emigration in the Victorian Novel," The University of Missouri Press
  • Archibald, D.C. (2002) "Guest Editor of Dickens Quarterly for Special Issue on Dickens and America," Dickens Quarterly 19:3 pp. 121-174
  • Archibald, D.C. (1998) "Chapter author: "Angel in the Bush: Exporting Domesticity through Female Emigration" in Imperial Objects: Essays on Victorian Women’s Emigration and the Unauthorized Imperial Experience, ed. Rita S. Kranidis. ," Twayne
  • Archibald, D.C. (1995) "Article author: "Beauty, Unity, and the Ideal: Wholeness and Heterogeneity in the Kelmscott Chaucer" in Studies in Medievalism VII, Medievalism in England ," Studies in Medievalism VII, Medievalism in England

Selected Presentations

  • “Dickens and the Language of Place” - 23rd Annual Dickens Society Symposium, August 2018 - Tübingen, Germany
  • “‘Salt water in my blood’: An Immigrants’ Son Journeys to the Homeland” - New England American Studies Association Conference, June 2018 - Lowell, MA
  • “Dickens and the Politics of American Exceptionalism: 175 Years After American Notes” - 22nd Annual Dickens Society Symposium, July 2017 - Boston, MA
  • “Charles Dickens and the Commonwealth” - The Barbara Pierce Pearmain endowed lecture, September 2016 - Boston, MA
  • “‘Asking for More’: Nigerian Immigrants’ Adaptation of Dickens” - 21st Annual Dickens Society Symposium, July 2016 - Reykjavik, Iceland
  • “Digital Dickens: Virtual Travel and Tourism” - 47th Annual Northeast Modern Language Association Convention;, March 2016 - Hartford, CT
  • “Laura Bridgman and Sophie Marigold: The Literary Legacy to Dickens’s Visit to the Perkins School for the Blind” - Salem Athenaeum, October 2015 - Salem, MA
  • “Halifax and Montreal: Canada’s Liminal Ports” - 20th Annual Dickens Society Symposium, July 2015 - Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • “Deafness in Charles Dickens’s ‘Doctor Marigold’” - UMass Lowell Disability Studies Conference 2014, November 2014 - Lowell, MA
  • “Dickens and Massachusetts: The Other America” - 1st Bi-annual North American Dickens Conference, September 2014 - Salem, MA
  • “Boston and Boulogne: Dickensian Portscapes” - 19th Annual Dickens Society Symposium, July 2014 - Beziérs, France
  • "Laura Bridgman and Marigold's Sophie: The Influence of the Perkins Visit on Charles Dickens" - 18th Annual International Dickens Society Symposium, July 2013 - Toronto, Ontario
  • "The London Gentlemen's Club in Dickens" - Literary London Society Conference, July 2013 - London
  • "Dickens in Lowell: Lessons Learned from a Public Humanities Project" - Dickens at 201 panel at the Northeast Modern Language Society Convention, March 2013 - Boston, MA
  • "Literature, Service Learning, and the Engaged Humanities" - Service-Learning Session at the Northeast Modern Language Society Convention, March 2013 - Boston, MA
  • Keynote Address: “Dickens in Lowell” - Learning in Retirement Association Convocation, September 2012 - Lowell, MA
  • Keynote Address: “The Role of the Scholar in Public Humanities” - UMass Lowell Honors Program Orientation, September 2012 - Lowell, MA
  • “Writing Lives, Writing Community” - University of Massachusetts Lowell Council on Industrial Theory and Assessment and Council on Diversity 5th Annual Working Conference, November 2011 - Lowell, MA
  • "Dickens and the American Unitarians" - 16th Annual International Dickens Society Symposium, July 2011 - Manchester, NH
  • "Dickens and Massachusetts: Untold Stories" - Northeast Modern Language Association Convention, April 2011 - New Brunswick, NJ
  • "Ports Matter: Transatlantic Travel and Dickens's Perception of America" - 14th Annual International Dickens Society Symposium, August 2009 - Providence, Rhode Island
  • "Village Empowerment, Student Empowerment: A Service Learning Case Study" - Association for Integrative Studies Conference, October 2008 - Springfield, Illinois
  • “My Peru: Reflections on Service-Learning” - Saint Anselm College, March 2008 - Manchester, NH
  • "Faculty Development: Interdisciplinary Teaching Fellowship Program" - Association for Integrative Studies Conference, September 2007 - Tempe, Arizona
  • "Writing About People: Teaching Revision through Metaphor" - Teaching Creative Non-Fiction panel at Northeastern Modern Language Association 36th Annual Convention, March 2005 - Boston, Massachusetts
  • "Boys Will Be Boys or, Raising an American Son" for panel, "Imaginary Siblings and Murdered Caterpillars: Mothering, Gender, and Identity-Formation" - Mothering and Feminism, Association for Research on Mothering 8th Annual Conference, October 2004 - Toronto, Ontario
  • “Emigration in Our Mutual Friend” - 8th Annual International Dickens Society Symposium, October 2003 - Rochester, MI
  • “Service Learning: Citizenship Training” - Democracy, Communication, and Literature, University of Massachusetts Conference, April 2003 - Lowell, MA
  • “‘Horrid … wretched, bad, bold’: Anthony Trollope and the American Woman” - Victorian Centennial Conference: The Victorian World: Britain, the Empire, and the United States in the 19th Century; Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western US, October 2001 - Los Angeles, CA (delivered in absentia)
  • “Angels Abroad: Locating the Victorian Home Outside the Imperial Center” - Locating the Victorians Conference; Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, the Science Museum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, July 2001 - London, UK
  • “Importing an Angel from the Margins of Empire: Samuel Butler’s Ideal Woman in Erewhon and Erewhon Revisited” - Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies Conference, April 2000 - Yale University; New Haven, CT
  • “Moo and Me: Self-Exploration/Self-Disclosure and Community Building on a Composition Listserv” - The 26th Wyoming Conference on English: Remembered Lives , June 1999 - Laramie, WY
  • “Assessing Critical Thinking & Student Growth” - Washington State 10th Annual Higher Education Assessment Conference, May 1999 - Spokane, WA
  • “‘The Mind Is Its Own Place’: Emigration to America in Thackeray’s Henry Esmond and The Virginians” - Northwest Conference on British Studies, November 1996 - Portland, OR
  • “Recovering Lost Voices: Elizabeth Sara Sheppard, a Nineteenth-Century Case Study” - Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Convention, October 1995 - Spokane, WA
  • “Discussing Diversity in a Composition Classroom: Global Perspectives in Research Writing” - Intersections on Gender, Race, Ethnicity, Class, and Sexual Orientation Conference, February 1995 - Pullman, WA
  • “Elisabeth Frink’s Chaucer Illustrations: The Ideal and the Earthy”; Opening Lecture for Curator’s Choice Exhibit at the Washington State University Museum of Art, December 1994 - Pullman, WA
  • “Wholeness and Heterogeneity in the Kelmscott Chaucer” - The 9th Annual International Conference on Medievalism, September 1994 - Bozeman, MT

Selected Artistic and Professional Performances and Exhibits

  • Public humanities exhibit lead scholar and co-curator: "Dickens and Massachusetts: A Tale of Power and Transformation" Academic - International, Other (Lowell National Historical Park) - Lowell, MA
    Co-curated a Charles Dickens bicentenary exhibition with objects from international lending institutions. Exhibit based on scholarly case claiming importance of Massachusetts to Dickens's life and works.
  • Art exhibit curator: "Curator’s Choice: Elisabeth Frink’s Chaucer Illustrations" Other - Washington State University Museum of Art - Pullman, WA
    Invited to curate this exhibition of 20th c. British illustrations of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Lowell's Past, Preset, and Future: Dickens and Steampunk Service-Learning Projects (2015), Grant - Chancellor’s 2020 Challenge Grant
    Archibald, D.C.
  • Service-Learning Assessment Award (2013), Grant -
    Archibald, D.C.
  • Public Programming for Dickens and Massachusetts Exhibit (2011), Grant - UMass Lowell
    Archibald, D.C. (Principal)
  • Programming grant for Dickens in Lowell (2011), Grant - Theodore Edson Parker Foundation
    Archibald, D.C.
  • Theatre KAPOW presents Dickens's Is She His Wife? (2012), Grant - National Endowment for the Arts NEA
    Archibald, D.C. (Principal)
  • Dickens and Massachusetts Exhibit Creative Economy Grant (2011), Grant - University of Massachusetts President's Office
    Archibald, D.C.
  • Faculty/Student Collaborative Seed Grant (2010), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell Council on Teaching and Learning
    Archibald, D.C.
  • Learn and Serve America (2010), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell Center for Family, Work and Community
    Archibald, D.C.
  • Public Service Grant Award (2009), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell
    Archibald, D.C., Duffy, J.
  • Gender Studies Teaching Fellowship Program (2005), - Interdisciplinary Initiatives
    Archibald, D.
  • UMLtimate Studio (2005), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell
    Archibald, D.C., Roehr, K.E.
  • City Lives: Immigrants to Lowell (2003), Grant - Lowell National Historical Park
    Archibald, D.C.
  • Web-Enabled Explication of Poetry (2003), Grant - UMass President’s Office 2003 Professional Development Grant Program
    Heines, J.M. (Principal), Archibald, D.C. (Co-Principal)
  • Illustrating Dickens (2002), Grant - Lowell Cultural Council
    Archibald, D.C.
  • Dickens and America: Lowell Public Performances (2001), Grant - The Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
    Archibald, D.C.
  • City Lives: Senior Citizens of Lowell (2001), Grant - The Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
    Archibald, D.C.
  • Writing Lives, Writing Community (2001), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell Council on Industrial Theory and Assessment
    Archibald, D.C.
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell and LHS Teacher Exchange Program (2000), Grant - The Harold Whitworth Pierce Charitable Trust
    Archibald, D.C.
  • The Universe of Lowell: Lives in the City (2000), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell Council on Diversity and Pluralism
    Archibald, D.C.
  • The Universe of Lowell: Lives in the City (2000), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell Council on Teaching, Learning, and Research
    Archibald, D.C.