Carol Colatrella is a Professor of Literature and Cultural Studies in the School of Literature, Communication, and Culture, and Co-Director of the Georgia Tech Center for the Study of Women, Science, and Technology, which since 2002 has been sponsored by the Office of the Provost. During 2005-2006 she is serving as Georgia Tech NSF ADVANCE Program Director.
She received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Rutgers University in 1987. Her scholarly interests focus on the cultural study of nineteenth- and twentieth-century American and European literary, historical, and scientific narratives, particularly those emphasizing moral transgression and rehabilitation. Her book Evolution, Sacrifice, and Narrative: Balzac, Zola, and Faulkner and articles in Nineteenth-Century French Studies and Comparative Literature and other journals analyze popular and scientific narrative representations of race, class, and gender. She has co-edited (with Joseph Alkana) and contributed to an anthology examining the influence of Sacvan Bercovitch's scholarship on American culture, Cohesion and Dissent in America. Her book Literature and Moral Reform: Melville and the Discipline of Reading was published in 2002 by University Press of Florida. She is currently working on a book analyzing popular culture representations of women engaging with science and technology, tentatively titled Toys and Tools in Pink: Cultural Narratives of Gender, Science, and Technology.
Since 1993, she has served as Executive Director of the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts and editor of the SLSA newsletter Decodings.
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