Manuela Mourao

NORFOLK, 23529

Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, (1990)

M.A. in English, Eastern Illinois University, (1985)

Other in , University of Porto, (1984)

Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

Mourao, M. "Robin L. Hixon Fellowship. Old Dominion University. 2010 - 2011


Victorian Literature and Culture; 19thC British and World Literature; Critical Theory; Comparative Literature.

Research Interests

Nineteenth-Century British LiteratureCritical TheoryCultural Studies


Mourao, M. (2016). 'The Finest Production of the Finest Country on Earth': Gender and Nationality in the Writings of Nineteenth-Century British Women Travelers to Portugal. European Romantic Review 27 (6) , pp. 769-789.
McManus, J. (2015). Robert Southey on Portugal: Travel Narrative and the Writing of History. Nineteenth-Century Contexts 32 (1) , pp. 43-60.
Mourao, M. (2012). `Remembrance of Things Past’: Literary Annuals’ Self-Historicization. Victorian Poetry 50 (1) , pp. 107-123.
Mourao, M. (2011). Whitewash: Nationhood, Empire, and the Formation of Portuguese Racial Identity. Journal of Early-Modern Cultural Studies 11 (1).
Mourao, M. (2009). Early-Modern Portuguese Maps: Metaphors of Space, Spaces of Metaphor. Art and Cartography/Springer , pp. William Wright.
Mourao, M. (2001). The Compromise of Enlightened Rationalism in Diderot's La Religieuse. Romance Quarterly 48 (4) , pp. pp. 223-238.
Mourao, M. (2001). Negotiating Victorian Feminism: Anne Thackeray Ritchie's Short Fiction. Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature 20 (1) , pp. pp. 57-75.
Mourao, M. (2000). Interrogating the Female Bildungsroman: Anne Thackeray Ritchie's Marriage Fictions. Nineteenth-Century Feminisms (3) , pp. pp. 73-87.
Mourao, M. (1999). The Representation of Female Desire in Early Modern Pornographic Texts: 1660-1745. Signs: a Journal of Women and Culture 24 (3) , pp. pp. 573-602.
Mourao, M. (1997). Delicate Balances: Gender and Power in Anne Thackeray Ritchie's Nonfiction. Women's Writing 4 (1) , pp. 73-89.
Mourao, M. (1992). Les Lettres Portugaises: Passion, Writing and Transgression. Anais UTAD 4 (1).
Mourao, M. (1991). The Abbess of Crewe: Surveillance, Deception, and the Convent. Actas do XII Encontro da APEAA.
Mourao, M. (1991). Nuns in British Fiction: Study of a Stereotype. Revista da Associacão Portuguesa de Estudos Anglo-Americanos 1 (1).


Mourao, M. and Jacobs, E. (2011). The Newgate Novel. In Blackwell Companion to Sensation Fiction.
Jacobs, E. and Mourao, M. (2007). Jack Sheppard, by William Harrison Ainsworth. Edited, with a critical introduction and explanatory notes, by Edward Jacobs and Manuela Mourão. Broadview Press.
Mourao, M. (2002). Altered Habits: Reconsidering the Nun in Fiction. UP of Florida.

Book Chapters

Mourao, M. (2003). Comparative Literature in the United States (pp. 131-141) Comparative Literature and Comparative Cultural Studies/ Purdue UP.
Mourao, M. (1999). Comparative Literature Past and Present. In Comparative Literature Today: Theories and Practice/ La Littérature comparée d'aujourd'hui. Théories et réalisations. (pp. 165-172) Paris: Honoré Champion.
Mourao, M. (1995). Intertextuality and Feminist Intervention in New Portuguese Letters. In New Readings of Spiritual Narrative from the Fifteenth to the Twentieth Century: Secular Force and Self-Disclosure. (pp. 93-121) Lewiston: Edwin Mellen Press.


Mourao, M. (August 12, 2017). 'The Most Glorious War Recorded in the British Annals': The Lake Poets on the Spanish Cause Paper 46th Wordsworth Summer Conference Rydal Hall, Grasmere, United Kingdom.
Mourao, M. (November 19, 2016). Plain Janes and the Rebellious Catherines: Female Identity and the Brontes' Legacy Paper Betty M. and William B. Jones Humanities Speaker Series Norfolk, VA.
Mourao, M. (October 23, 2014). 'The Necessity of Whiteness': Revisiting Portuguese Racial Identity in a Postcolonial Context Paper 9th International Conference on the American Portuguese Studies Association Albuquerque, NM.
Mourao, M. (November 3, 2011). Performing the Self on the International Stage: Gender and Nationality in the Writings of Nineteenth-Century British Women Travelers to Portugal Paper NAVSA: North America Victorian Studies Association Conference Nashville, TN.
Mourao, M. (October 24, 2011). 'The Finest Production of the Finest Country Upon Earth': Gender and Nationality in the Writings of Nineteenth-Century British Travelers to Portugal Paper Postcolonial Research Group Norfolk, VA.
Mourao, M. (July 14, 2011). 'Picture Books or Grown Children': Image and Text in Literary Annuals Paper SHARP: Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing Conference Washington, D.C..
Mourao, M. (March 15, 2011). Mapping Race: the Personal is/as Historical Paper Department of English Literature Faculty Forum Norfolk, VA.
Mourao, M. (September , 2007). Remembrance of Things Past: Literary Annuals’Self-Historicization Research Society for Victorian Periodicals Richmond, VA.
Mourao, M. (September , 2006). Remembrance of Things Past: Literary Annuals’Self-Historicization North American Victorian Studies Association West-Lafayette, IN.
Mourao, M. and Jacobs, E. (April , 2005). Ainsworth’s Jack Sheppard: Playing in the Streets Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference .
Mourao, M. and Jacobs, E. (November , 2004). Consuming Jack Sheppard Group for Early-Modern Cultural Studies Orlando, FL.
Mourao, M. (June , 2004). Romanticism, Historicism, and the Case for Literary Annuals Romanticism, History, Historicism Conference .
Mourao, M. (November 14, 2002). Anne Thackeray Ritchie and the Periodical Press: the Case of the Cornhill Magazine ODU Literature Faculty Forum .
Mourao, M. (July 30, 2002). Anne Thackeray Ritchie and/in the Periodical Press Places of Exchange: Magazines, Journals, and Newspapers in British and Irish Culture 1688-1945 .
Mourao, M. (November , 2001). As If There Were No More Secret Bower’: the Liminal Space of the Convent in the Early-Modern Era Group for Early-Modern Cultural Studies Conference and ODU Humanities Symposium Philadelphia; Norfolk.
Mourao, M. (November 19, 2000). Evil Abbesses and Naïve Victims: the Perverse Aesthetic of the Nun in the Romantic Period Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies Conference New Orleans.
Mourao, M. (October , 1999). A Difficult Art to Learn': Women and Sex in the Early Modern Era Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies Conference Miami, FL.
Mourao, M. (July 31, 1999). Representing Female Desire: The Case of Chorier's Dialogues 10th International Congress on the Enlightenment Dublin.
Mourao, M. (March 29, 1997). The Construction of Gender in Anne Thackeray Ritchie's Critical Discourse The 6th Annual Conference on 18th- and 19th-Century British Women Writers Davis, Ca.
Mourao, M. (November 10, 1996). The Compromise of Enlightened Rationalism In Diderot's La Réligieuse SAMLA Conference Savannah, GA.
Mourao, M. (December 30, 1995). Delicate Balances: Gender and Power in Anne Thackeray Ritchie's Nonfiction MLA Conference Chicago, IL.
Mourao, M. (October 8, 1995). The Convent as Site of Resistance in the Early-Modern Era Group for Early-Modern Cultural Studies Conference Dallas, TX.
Mourao, M. (April 4, 1995). Anne Thackeray's Feminist Essays: Literary and Social English Department Faculty Symposium Norfolk, VA.
Mourao, M. (December 30, 1994). Negotiating Radicalism: the Rhetorical Function of George Sand's Prefaces MLA Conference San Diego, CA.
Mourao, M. (November 13, 1994). Writing For Revolution: The Three Marias' Postmodern Discourse in Fascist Portugal SAMLA Conference Baltimore, MA.
Mourao, M. (October 1, 1994). Remapping the Discipline, Renewing the Field: What Future for Comparatists? Plenary address at the Twentieth Anniversary Meeting of the Southern Comparative Literature Association Raleigh, NC.
Mourao, M. (August , 1994). Postmodernism and Cross-Cultural Relations: Toward a Comparative Approach XIV Congress of the International Comparative Literature Association Edmonton, Canada.
Mourao, M. (May , 1994). Authorial Ambivalence in Anne Thackeray's Nonfiction 5th Annual Conference on Feminist Scholarship in Hampton Roads Norfolk, VA.
Mourao, M. (March , 1993). The Forms of Pornography and Social Criticism: a Cross-Cultural Reading Nineteenth Annual Meeting of the Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Birmingham, AL.
Mourao, M. (October , 1992). The Politics of Representation: Feminist Issues from Literary Perspectives Women's Studies Faculty Symposia Norfolk, VA.
Mourao, M. (October , 1992). Pornography: The Stalled Debate Women's Studies Lecture Series Norfolk, VA.
Mourao, M. (April , 1991). The Abbess of Crewe: Surveillance, Deception and the Convent XII Encontro da Associacao Portuguesa de Estudos Anglo-Americanos Braga, Portugal.
Mourao, M. (March , 1991). Les Lettres Portugaises: Passion, Writing and Transgression Forum de Teoria da Literatura Vila Real, Portugal.
Mourao, M. (October 13, 1989). Theme Studies in Historical Contexts: `Don Juan' from Tirso de Molina to Byron Representing Culture: Text, Society, and Discourse IA.
Mourao, M. (May 5, 1989). The Erotics of Fascism: A Reading of Michel Tournier's Le roi des aulnes Ninth Cincinnati Conference on Romance Languages and Literatures Cincinnati, OH.