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Mary Anne Lutz
B.A., LaSalle University
Mary Anne Lutz grew up in the Philadelphia area, on the site of a Revolutionary War battlefield. This might explain why she is drawn to the history and literature of that period, on through the 19th century. From an early age she enjoyed roaming the city’s historic sites, museums, theaters, book and record shops.
After attending La Salle University, where she majored in English, she worked for an insurance company, Colonial Penn. (You may have seen their TV ads). After two years applying her English skills to claims correspondence and reports, she earned her M.A. and Ph.D. at Rutgers University, specializing in 19th century literature. Her dissertation on Sir Walter Scott brought together many of her interests: long (very long) 19th century novels, history, the visual arts, and landscape design.
In 1988, she joined the faculty at Frostburg State University, attracted by the picturesque mountains, the small campus, intimate classes, and emphasis on teaching. She specializes in 19th century transatlantic literature but also enjoys teaching a variety of courses in writing and Women’s Studies.
She is Chair of the Curriculum Committee for the English department and is the advisor to Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honors Society. She also serves on the Women’s Studies Steering Committee and is a member of the Core Group for the National Coalition Building Institute.
Her interest in linking literature to history is an abiding one: her current research on Washington Irving has evolved into a project linking his fiction to the history of African Americans in New York City.