University of Victoria, BA Hons
University of Toronto, MA
University of Oxford, DPhil

My research specialization is Victorian literature and culture. I am particularly interested in illustration and visual culture, religion, gender, textual criticism (scholarly editing), and the production of culture-texts (texts, such as Dickens’s A Christmas Carol and Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, that are collectively known and “remembered” when the original works have not been read).

I am completing for Oxford University Press a SSHRC-funded monograph on the illustration and adaptation of Hardy’s novels, Visual Hardy: Imaging Gender and Genre. Other projects include the Cambridge Hardy edition of Jude the Obscure, a study of Hardy’s creative process as a poet, and a monograph on George Eliot as “story-teller,” with particular emphasis on the ways in which her language and narrative techniques were influenced by the writings of theologians and mystics.

I received my B.A. from the University of Victoria, my M.A. from the University of Toronto, and my D.Phil. from the University of Oxford. At UBC I was a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow and then a Killam Postdoctoral Fellow before taking up a faculty position.

I have been awarded a Killam Research Prize and a Killam Teaching Prize, and am a Distinguished University Scholar.

Recent and soon-to-be-taught courses include: Victorian literature and visual culture; filming the Victorians; Victorian fairy tales in prose and verse; the Victorian crisis of faith and its aftermath; the cultural production of Victorian fiction; postmodern Victorians; women writing the nineteenth-century novel from Austen to Byatt; story-telling from Barbot de Villeneuve’s “Beauty and the Beast” to Ondaatje’s Anil’s Ghost.

I have been awarded a Killam Teaching Prize and have supervised Victorianist postdoctoral, Ph.D., M.A., and Honours research on a wide variety of topics: from Dickens and psychology to the transatlantic politics of art; from spiritualism to the visualization of disordered eating in children’s literature; from print and imperialism to film adaptations of the Brontës and George Eliot.

Selected publications

  • “Illustration,” in Thomas Hardy in Context, ed. Phillip Mallett (Cambridge: Cambridge U P, 2013), 54-70.
  • “‘The Hard Case of the Would-Be-Religious’: Hardy and the Church from Early Life to Later Years,” in A Companion to Thomas Hardy, ed. Keith Wilson (Oxford: Blackwell, 2009), 71-85.
  • Thomas Hardy’s “Poetical Matter” Notebook, ed. Pamela Dalziel and Michael Millgate (Oxford: Oxford U P, 2009).
  • “The Gospel According to Hardy,” in Thomas Hardy Reappraised: Essays in Honour of Michael Millgate, ed. Keith Wilson (Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2006), 3-19; extract published in Times Literary Supplement, 17 March 2006, 12-13.\
  • “Anxieties of Representation: The Serial Illustrations to Hardy’s The Return of the Native,” Nineteenth-Century Literature, 51.1 (1996): 84-110; reprinted in The Return of the Native: A Norton Critical Edition, 2nd edn, ed. Phillip Mallett (New York: Norton, 2006), 489-504.
  • “Whatever Happened to Elizabeth Jane? Revisioning Gender in The Mayor of Casterbridge,” in Thomas Hardy: Texts and Contexts, ed. Phillip Mallett (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002), 64-86.
  • A Pair of Blue Eyes, ed. Pamela Dalziel (London: Penguin, 1998).
  • Thomas Hardy’s “Studies, Specimens &c.” Notebook, ed. Pamela Dalziel and Michael Millgate (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1994).
  • “Hardy’s Sexual Evasions: The Evidence of the ‘Studies, Specimens &c.’ Notebook,” Victorian Poetry, 31.2 (1993): 143-55.
  • Thomas Hardy: The Excluded and Collaborative Stories, ed. Pamela Dalziel (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1992); Choice Outstanding Academic Book, 1994.

Research Networks:

The Clarendon Edition of the Works of Charles Dickens, Oxford University Press

The Cambridge Edition of the Novels and Stories of Thomas Hardy