Department of English
B.A., University of Rochester, 1973
M.A., University of Toronto, 1974
Ph.D., University of Toronto, 1979 Research and Teaching Interests
Professional Affiliations and Awards
- Victorian literature and culture
- The history and cultures of monsters
- Literary London and Edinburgh
- Wilkie Collins and Dickens
- Women's Literarture
- Phi Beta Kappa
- Mortar Board
- Midwest Victorian Studies Association
- North American Victorian Studies Association
- Sigma Tau Delta International English Honorary (faculty sponsor)
- McGregor Award for INST Curriculum Development
- Andrew Mellon Faculty Fellowship to Harvard University (one of 16 awarded nationally; fellowship included teaching a course on Dickens and Wilkie Collins for the English Department and independent research, 1981-82)
- “Wilkie Collins and John Ruskin”, Victorians Institute Journal, Vol, 13, 1985
- "The Fallen Angels of Wilkie Collins,” International Journal of Women's Studies, September/October 1984
- “Wilkie Collins ‘Little Gem’: The Meaning of The Moonstone”, Philological Quarterly, Fall, 1984. Reprinted in Nineteenth Century Literary Criticism, edited by Janet Mullane, Gale Press, 1988
- “The Importance of Being Earnest: The Fairy Tale in 19th Century England”, Children’s Literature Quarterly, Spring, 1981
"To travel is hopefully a better thing than to arrive." ~ Robert Louis Stevenson
Specializations: Victorian British literatures and culture, especially the novel; Victorian women, gender, and identity; Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Robert Louis Stevenson.
Scholarship: My recent scholarship has focused on Victorian places and spaces, particularly the use of markets and marketplaces in Dickens' depictions of Victorian London. My essays have appeared in International Journal of Women’s Studies, Philological Quarterly, and VIJ: Victorians Institute Journal.
Recent or new topical courses: "The Victorian Novel," "Our Monsters, Ourselves," and "Literary London," “The Strange Case of Edinburgh: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, ” "Molls, Femme Fatales, and Tricksters: Gender and Criminality."
Senior project interests: Anything to do with the Victorians, their culture, their revival in modern film and art; Victorian women, gender roles, and identities; spaces and places in British literatures (e.g. London, Edinburgh, Dublin); ghosts, doubles, and all things monstrous in the literary landscape; Sherlock Holmes, sensation fiction, and crime novels; the "other" Victorians -- Oscar Wilde and company.