Beth Tobin

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Beth Fowkes Tobin, Professor of English and Women's Studies, is the author of Superintending the Poor: Charitable Ladies and Paternal Landlords in British Fiction, 1770-1860 (Yale UP, 1993), the award-winning Picturing Imperial Power (Duke UP, 1999) and the award-winning Colonizing Nature: The Tropics in British Arts and Letters, 1760-1820 (U of Pennsylvania Press, 2005). She has written extensively on the art, literature, and science of colonialism, and she is co-editor of books on women and material culture: Women and Things, 1750-1950: Gendered Material Strategies (Ashgate, 2009); Women and the Material Culture of Needlework and Textiles, 1750-1950 (Ashgate, 2009); Material Women, 1750-1950: Consuming Desires and Collecting Practices (Ashgate, 2009), and Women and the Material Culture of Death (Ashgate, 2013). For her research on the representation of the tropics, she received a fellowship from the National Endowment of Humanities and a Caird Fellowship from the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. Her most recent book, The Duchess's Shells: Natural History Collecting in the Age of Cook's Voyages (Yale Press, 2014), is on eighteenth-century natural history and the culture of collecting, focusing on the Duchess of Portland's shell collection, a project for which she received a Scholars Award from the National Science Foundation.

Women and the Material Culture of Needlework and Textiles, 1750–1950
Material Women, 1750–1950
Women and Things, 1750–1950
The Materiality of Color
Women and the Material Culture of Death