Alison Conway



B.A. Honours, University of British Columbia, 1987
M.A., York University, 1988
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1994

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Professor Conway has been teaching at Western since 1994. In 1999 she won the Marilyn Robinson Award for Excellence in Teaching and the following year, the Bank of Nova Scotia, UWO Alumni Association and the University Students’ Council Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. She has been named to the USC Teaching Honour Roll on numerous occasions. In 2012, Professor Conway won the Graham and Gale Wright Distinguished Scholar Award. She is the author of two books: Private Interests: Women, Portraiture, and the Visual Culture of the English Novel, 1709-1791 (2001) and The Protestant Whore: Courtesan Narrative and Religious Controversy in England, 1680-1750 (2010). Her current research focuses on interfaith marriage and the eighteenth-century novel. This project, tentatively titled, Sacred Engagements: Toleration, Religious Freedom, and the Politics of Marriage in the British Novel, 1750-1820, examines how authors of the period approached controversies around faith and authority in narratives about the family. The cultural commentary sustained by the novel on this subject, she suggests, provides a window into our understanding of religious freedom, toleration, and the status of women in the age of Enlightenment.