Ph.D., U. C. Berkeley.
Professor Wardley specializes in American literature, with an emphasis on the late nineteenth century. She is interested in historicisms (new and old), materialisms (old and new), feminist theory, Naturalist novels, and the intersection of literature and science studies. She has published essays and book reviews in such journals as AQ, ELH, and ALH, and has finished the book manuscript “Lamarck’s Daughters: Fiction, Feminism, and the Power of Life.” Her current writing, a project called “Arguments from Design,” examines philosophies of craft and technology in the work of American writers from Herman Melville to Willa Cather. She has also been engaged in archival research on the members of the early-twentieth-century “Heterodoxy Club” in Greenwich Village, a group of feminist dramatists, poets, activists, psychologists, and anthropologists; she focuses on their responses to the First World War.