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Barczewski, Stephanie L.

Barczewski, Stephanie L.


Office: B28 Hardin Hall
Phone: 864/656-3153
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Ph.D., Yale University (1996)

A specialist in modern British history, Dr. Barczewski has been at Clemson since 1996. Her most recent book, Antarctic Destinies: Scott, Shackleton and the Changing Face of Heroism, was published by Continuum in December 2007; it examines the ways in which the changing reputations of the British Antarctic explorers Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton have been impacted by broader cultural changes in Britain and the United States over the course of the twentieth century. Dr. Barczewski's previous publications include Titanic: A Night Remembered (Hambledon and London/Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Myth and National Identity in Nineteenth-century Britain: The Legends of King Arthur and Robin Hood (Oxford University Press, 2000), as well as numerous articles in academic journals. Dr. Barczewski has been awarded the Gentry Award, Clemson's highest honor for teaching in the humanities, as well as a Faculty Award of Distinction for student mentoring from the Clemson National Scholars Program.

Dr. Barczewski's current research project, which is under contract with Manchester University Press and will be published in 2013, is on country houses in Britain and Ireland and their relationship to the British Empire between 1700 and 1945. In this period, country houses served as vehicles for the expression of national and personal imperial engagement. Some reflected this more overtly than others, but the fact remains that a very large percentage during Britain's era of imperial expansion from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries bears some indication of the presence of the Empire. This might have been due to the direct participation of the owner or a family member in imperial commerce or administration, or it might have been a more general reflection of the pervasive presence of empire in contemporary culture. But whatever the precise reason for the presence of the empire, country houses served as vessels for its cultural expression as much as did other venues such as literature, art and music that have been more extensively discussed by scholars. Considerable attention has been paid to the ways in which these other cultural genres served to reflect and thereby to enhance British imperial power. But in spite of their much more immediate connection to the people who wielded that power, the relationship between country houses and empire has been largely ignored.

Forthcoming Works
  • British Country Houses and Empire, 1700-1945 (Manchester University Press)
  • Heroic Failure in British Culture, 1850 to the Present (Yale University Press)
  • Britain since 1688 (textbook, Routledge)

Selected Professional Works

Books (Published)

Antarctic Destinies: Scott, Shackleton and the Changing Face of Heroism. Continuum, 2009.

Titanic: A Night Remembered. Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.

Myth and National Identity in Nineteenth-Century Britain: The Legends of King Arthur and Robin Hood. Oxford, 2000.