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.

Winter 2018

ENGL100 Reading and Writing about Literature Sections

A writing-intensive introduction to the disciplines of literary studies through the exploration of texts in their critical and theoretical contexts. Fulfils the first-year component of the Faculty of Arts Writing and Research Requirement. Open only to students in the Faculty of Arts. Recommended for students intending to become English majors. Essays are required.

Winter 2018

ENGL221 Literature in Britain: the 18th Century to the Present Sections

A survey of poetry, drama, fiction and non-fiction prose from the 18th century to the present.

Winter 2018

ENGL364B Nineteenth-Century Studies - 19TH CENTURY Sections

Please see the Department website for further information on topics offered in the current session.

Winter 2018

ENGL535A Studies in the Victorian Period - STD IN VICT ERA Sections

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