Candace Ward

WMS 220
18th-century British and Anglo-Caribbean literature and culture, early women's fiction

CANDACE WARD, Professor of English, Ph.D. University of Alabama (1996), specializes in early Anglo-Caribbean literature and culture, eighteenth-century British literature, and early women's fiction. Her most recent book, Crossing the Line: Early Creole Novels and Anglophone Caribbean Culture in the Age of Emancipation (University of Virginia Press, 2017) introduces a body of early nineteenth-century fiction by British West Indians and discusses the role novels played in constructing Caribbean identity during and after the period of Atlantic slavery.  Desire and Disorder: Fever, Fictions, and Feeling in English Georgian Culture (Bucknell University Press, 2007), her first book, explores one of the eighteenth century's most persistent literary tropes, the fevered body. Dr. Ward has edited two influential critical editions for Broadview Press, The Governess, by Sarah Fielding (2005) and Hamel, the Obeah Man (co-edited with Tim Watson, 2010). Her scholarship has appeared in numerous journals and critical anthologies, including Journal of American Studies, Eighteenth-Century Studies, ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature, and Studies in the Novel. In 2002-03 she was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to the University of the West Indies, Jamaica, and an American Association of University Women postdoctoral fellowship. Her current research project focuses on the role of the Caribbean Black press before 1850.


  • Crossing the Line: Early Creole Novels and Anglophone Caribbean Culture in the Age of Emancipation. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2017.
  • Desire and Disorder: Fevers, Fictions, and Feelings in English Georgian Culture. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 2007.


  • Cynric R. Williams, Hamel, the Obeah Man. Co-edited with Tim Watson. Peterborough, ON: Broadview Press, 2010.
  • Sarah Fielding, The Governess. Peterborough, ON: Broadview Press, 2005.

Selected Articles and Essays

  • “Novels of the Caribbean to Caribbean Novels.” In Caribbean Literature in Transition, Vol. 1. Eds. Tim Watson and Evelyn O’Callaghan. Cambridge University Press. Forthcoming 2020.
  • (With Tim Watson). “Early Creole Novels in English Before 1850: Hamel, the Obeah Man and Warner Arundell: The Adventures of a Creole.” In Literary Histories of the Early Anglophone Caribbean: Islands in the Stream: Early Caribbean Literary History. Eds. Nicole Aljoe, Brycchan Carey, and Tom Krise. London: Palgrave Macmillan/Springer, 2018. Pp. 147-69.
  • “‘An Engine of Immense Power’: The Jamaica Watchman and Crossings in Nineteenth-Century Colonial Print Culture.” Victorian Periodicals Review 51.3 (2018). Special issue on Borders and Border Crossings. Ed. Stefanie Lethbridge and Barbara Korte. Pp. 483-503.
  • "'In the Free': Historiography, the Caribbean Novel, and Self-Emancipation." Journal of American Studies 49.2 (2015): 359-81.
  • "'Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten': Laying Ghosts in Jamaican Fiction." In Transnational Gothic: Literary and Social Exchanges in the Long Nineteenth Century. Ed. B. Marshall, & M. Elbert. Farnham, UK: Ashgate, 2013. 217-236.
  • “‘What Time Has Proved’: History, Rebellion, and Revolution in Hamel the Obeah Man.” ARIEL 38.1 (2007): 49-73.
  • ARIEL special issue on Caribbean Slavery and Abolition (co-editor and contributor, June 2007).
  • “Transports of Feeling: Constructions of the Black Man of Feeling in Eighteenth-Century Colonial Literature. Les Carnets du Cerpac 4 (2006): 443-60.
  • “‘Cruel Disorder: Female Bodies, Eighteenth-Century Fever Narratives, and the Sentimental Novel. Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture 32 (2002): 93-121.
  • “‘Malignant Dispositions’: Tropical Disease, Sensibility, and the West Indian Character in Eighteenth-Century Colonial Writings.” Discourses of Slavery and Abolition: Writing in Britain and Its Colonies, 1660-1838. Ed. Brycchan Carey, Markman Ellis, Sara Salih. London: Palgrave UK, 2005. Pp. 64-77.


  • Linda H. Peterson Fellowship, Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (2023-2024)
  • Curran Fellowship, Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (2018)
  • Fulbright Research/Lecturing Fellowship, The University of the West Indies, Mona, Kingston, Jamaica (2002-03)
  • American Association of University Women Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2002-03)

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