Carla Manfredi


Carla Manfredi Title: Assistant Professor
Office: 2A50
Building: Ashdown Hall
Phone: 204.786.9880


My teaching interests include British literature (from the sixteenth century to the early-twentieth century) with a particular focus on Victorian and Edwardian literature.  My book, Robert Louis Stevenson’s Pacific Impressions: Travel and Photography (1888-1894), will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in Fall 2018. The book tackles photography’s role during Stevenson’s travels throughout the Pacific Island region and is the first study of his family’s previously unpublished photographs.  Like the Stevensons, the book moves from the Marquesas to the atolls of the Gilbert Islands; from the Kingdom of Hawai‘i’s political ambitions to Samoan plantations. Central to this study is the notion that Indigenous Pacific Island cultures and history matter to the interpretation of Stevenson’s work, and a rigorous historical and cultural contextualization ensures that local details structure literary and photographic interpretation. My research  has been supported by fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh, the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library (Yale), and the Huntington Library. My latest research concerns American, Australian, and British writing about the Pacific.  At the 2018 South Atlantic MLA conference, I will present the first fruits of this research, a paper entitled “The Limits of Pacific Adventure: Plantation Labor in Jack London’s Adventure (1911).”


(W) ENGL-1000.3-007 English 1A

(F) ENGL-1003.3-001 Introduction to English: Topics in Literature

(W) ENGL-223003-001 British Literature and Cultures 1660-1901

(FW) ENGL-3211.6-001 Victorian and Edwardian Literature