Dr. Carol Colatrella is professor of Literature and Cultural Studies in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, 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. She has been a member of the ADVANCE Team (www.advance.gatech.edu) since 2001; during 2005-2007 she served as Georgia Tech NSF ADVANCE Program Director. Colatrella received her PhD 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 social marginality. 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 provides an historically informed study of moral rehabilitation and reform in the nineteenth-century United States as well as analysis of Melville's narrative strategies; it was published in 2002 by the University Press of Florida. In 2011 Ohio State University Press published her book analyzing popular culture representations of women developing and engaging with science and technology, Toys and Tools in Pink: Cultural Narratives of Gender, Science, and Technology. Colatrella edited and contributor to the anthology Technology and Humanity (Salem Press, 2012). Since 1993, she has served as Executive Director of the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts and editor of the SLSA newsletter Decodings. In 2000 and in 2005-06, Colatrella held Fulbright fellowships based in Denmark. Her other fellowships include a Georgia Tech European Union Center Grant, 2010-11 and a residency at Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung, Berlin, June 2008. She received the Geoffrey G. Eicholz Faculty Teaching Award, Georgia Tech, 2007-10.
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By delineating the connections between nineteenth-century penitentiary reforms and the narrative structures and strategies of Herman Melville's fictions, this book explores the ways literature reflects and refracts ideas about the influence of reading on moral rehabilitation. The author shows that Melville, who engaged often and profoundly with reform issues, reacted against the reading-as-discipline approach recommended by penal reformers.
Carol Colatrella's approach is highly original not only in its historicizing of Melville's treatment of penitentiaries, reform, and rehabilitation of moral character but in its consideration of reading in relation to reform. Her book is the first to explore the ideological, literary, and rhetorical relationships of fictional narrative, authors, law, and social institutions to disciplinary literacy and to theories of readership.
Colatrella considers how gender inflects literary and media representations.Toys and Tools in Pink analyzes female character types that recur in fictional narratives in print, on television, and in the cinema: female criminals and detectives, mothers who practice medicine, and "babe scientists" among others. It also investigates how narrative settings and plots both subsume and influence cultural stereotypes of gender in prescribing salient professional and personal codes of conduct in STEM fields.