Department of English

Nineteenth-Century British Literature

Faculty in later nineteenth-century literature specialize in rhetoric and culture (Ferreira-Buckley), feminist autobiography (MacKay), late Victorian and modern poetics (Bump), narrative theory, legal and literary texts (S. Heinzelman), and nineteenth-century and performance studies (Richmond-Garza).

More than forty faculty members teach graduate courses in the array of fields and critical practices that comprise British Studies, from traditional areas of historical study to poststructuralist reconsiderations of the limits and nature of such study. Course offerings cover all periods and genres. The particular strength of this concentration lies in its exploration of overlapping disciplinary perspectives, including new historicism, attention to canonicity and canon formation, dramatic theory and performance, cultural studies, and what might be called the new as well as the old rhetorical, historical and philosophical study of the role of poesis and figures in texts and culture.


  • Baker, Sam
  • Bump, Jerome
  • Cvetkovich, Ann
  • Ferreira-Buckley, Linda
  • Heinzelman, Susan
  • Hoad, Neville
  • MacDuffie, Allen
  • MacKay, Carol
  • Richmond-Garza, Elizabeth

To view the faculty profiles, please visit the Nineteenth-Century British Literature faculty listing.

Graduate students with a background in nineteenth-century studies may apply to participate in the annual "Dickens Universe" hosted by the University of California Dickens Project, a scholarly consortium which promotes the interdisciplinary study of Victorian culture and specializes in the works of Charles Dickens.

Graduate students and faculty who are preparing for a field exam, please visit the Nineteenth-Century British Literature field exam reading list.

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