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Alison Byerly holds an interdisciplinary appointment as College Professor at Middlebury College, where she also served in the College’s administration for thirteen years, most recently as Provost and Executive Vice President. While on leave in 2012-13, she is a Visiting Scholar in Literature at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. On July 1, 2013, she will become President of Lafayette College. She is the author of two books, Realism, Representation, and the Arts in Nineteenth-Century Literature (Cambridge University Press, 1998), and Are We There Yet? Virtual Travel and Victorian Realism (University of Michigan Press, 2013). She has published on Victorian technology, such as the railway and telegraph, and is equally interested in contemporary technology and its role in higher education and culture. She has lectured on digital humanities, curricular innovation, and social media past and present, in venues including the annual conference of the Modern Language Association, the Media in Transition Conference, and MIT’s Communications Forum. Her essays on these topics have appeared in Inside Higher Ed and the Chronicle of Higher Education.
For more information about her work in any of these areas, see links above to Books; Higher Ed; Media/Digital Humanities; and Victorian Literature and Culture.
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Are We There Yet? Virtual Travel and Victorian Realism (University of Michigan Press, 2012)
Realism, Representation, and the Arts in Nineteenth-Century Literature (Cambridge University Press, 1998)