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- Katharine Anderson
Ph.D., Northwestern University
Graduate Program in Science and Technology Studies; Division of Humanities
research interests: Victorian science, travel and nature writing.
current projects: history of scientific and popular interest in oceans and ocean life, especially the study of coral reefs; an edition of three volumes of the original four volumes of Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of His Majesty's Ships Adventure and Beagle, between the Years 1826 and 1836 - i.e. the volumes written mostly by Robert Fitzroy and not the one volume written by his well-known travelling companion.
- Frances Beer
A.B. (honours), Harvard; M.A., Columbia; Ph.D., U of Toronto
English Atkinson and Graduate Program in English
research interests: the Brontës, George Eliot.
current project: the problem of despair, esp. in the novels of Charlotte Brontë.
English 6460 6.0 The Brontës
- John Bell
English; Writing Department
research interests: The Victorian Novel, Frances Trollope, Dickens, the Brontës, social criticism in the novel, humour (comic and satiric) in the novel, same-sex and related gender issues in Victorian literature and culture
current project: the Frances Trollope website: http://www.yorku.ca/johnbell/trollope
- Ken Carpenter
B.A., U of Toronto; M.A., UC Berkeley; Ph.D., University of London
Department of Visual Arts
- Tina Y. Choi
A.B., Harvard; M.A., Ph.D., UC Berkeley
Department of English, Graduate Programs in English, and Science and Technology Studies
research interests: the Victorian novel, the nineteenth-century city, history of the body, Victorian science, Dickens.
current projects: hypothesis and contingency in Victorian literary, economic, and scientific writing; late-19th-c. British museums and exhibitions in India.
English 6425: Readings in Victorian Literature: The 1840s
English 6424: Victorian Sexualities
- James Elwick
B.A., Western; M.Phil., Cantab; Ph.D., U of Toronto
Science and Technology Studies Program
research interests: History of life sciences; Victorian science; History and
Philosophy of Science/Science and Technology Studies; Social and
Intellectual History of Modern Britain
current project: 'An Adopted Chinese Culture': the Victorian Examination
Mania and the Origin of League Tables, 1840-1890, studies the use of standardized examinations in British and Imperial education, and rewrites the history of educational achievement and meritocracy using tools from history and philosophy of science (HPS) and science and technology studies (STS).
- Margo S. Gewurtz
B.A., U of Toronto; M.A., Ph.D., Cornell
Department of Humanities (Professor Emeritus & Senior Scholar, as of July 2009); Graduate Programmes in Humanities, History, Women's Studies
research interests: Sino-Western cultural relations 19 and 20C with a special focus on Canadian missionaries in China and their Chinese co-workers. Late Victorian religion: Anglo-American missionary movement. Gender issues in China mission history.
current projects: The Canadian Mission in North Henan China, 1890-1937: Portraits of a Partnership. (book length ms); Kala Azar in China: Medicine and Empire in Asia, 1890-1949.
- Alison Halsall
B.A. (Honours), Carleton; M.A., Carleton; Ph.D., York
Department of English, Atkinson School for Arts and Letters
research interests: modernism and the nineteenth century, visual culture, adaptation studies.
current projects: "White Rose and the Red," H. D.'s novel about the Pre-Raphaelites (forthcoming in July 2009); Victorian legacies in the contemporary graphic novel.
- Lesley J. Higgins
B.A., Brock; M.A., Ph.D., Queen's
Department of English; Graduate Programs in English, Humanities
research interests: poetry; Gerard Manley Hopkins; Walter Pater; textual studies; late Victorian - Modernist literature and visual arts; James McNeill Whistler.
current projects: co-general editor of The Collected Works of Gerard Manley Hopkins (8 vols, OUP), and editing Hopkins's diaries and his "Dublin Notebook"; developing a book-length study, Hopkins: Confessing the Flesh; co-editing an interdisciplinary collection of essays: Victorian Aesthetic Conditions: Pater Across the Arts.
English 6570: City Texts and Textual Cities
English 6880: Studies in Individual Authors: Hopkins and H.D.
English 6380: 'She': Negotiating the Female Subject in Victorian Texts
- David Latham
B.A. (Honours), Acadia; M.A., Toronto; Ph.D., York
Department of English and Graduate Program in English
research interests: Pre-Raphaelite literature and art, Victorian poetry and culture.
current projects: An edition of William Morris's Earthly Paradise; Editor since 1994 of the Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies, publishing in the spring and fall studies of Pre-Raphaelite, Aesthetic, and Decadent art, culture, and literature. See website: http://www.yorku.ca/jprs
English 6430: Pre-Raphaelite Poetics
- Bernard Lightman
B.A., M.A., York U; Ph.D., Brandeis University; F.R.S.
Division of Humanities; Graduate Programs in Humanities, History, and Science and Technology Studies
research interests: 19th c British science; science and popular culture; science and religion.
current projects: biography of John Tyndall; the correspondence of John Tyndall; Wyld's Globe and scientific exhibitions in London.
Humanities 6310 6.0: Contexts of Victorian Science
- Scott McLaren
B.A., M.I.St., Ph.D., University of Toronto
York University Libraries; Graduate Program in Humanities
research interests: book history and print culture, religion in Upper Canada, Victorian Gothic fiction, George MacDonald.
current projects: production and distribution of bibles in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries (for the New Cambridge History of the Bible), book-length treatment of transnational aspects of evangelical print culture in North America, 1789-1850.
- Kim Michasiw
B.A., M.A., Ph.D., U of Toronto
Department of English
- Michael Michie
M.Ed., U of Toronto; M.A., U of Auckland, New Zealand; Ph.D., York U Associate Dean of Atkinson; Department of Historyresearch interests: 19th century British Studies: politics and the periodical
press; political theory; empire and colonial networks
current projects: the transcolonial career of Henry Samuel Chapman; 1830s Tory politics and the Scottish periodical press
- Elizabeth Sabiston
B.A., New York University; M.A., Indiana; Ph.D., Cornell
English Department, Graduate Program in English, Graduate Women's Studies
research interests: Nineteenth-century fiction, Women in Literature, American literature, Comparative literature (English, American, French).
current projects: Henry James and the Ladies: The Female Imagination in James's Fiction; Translations of Hédi Bouraoui's novels (French into English); Ulysses Unchained, on Hédi Bouraoui's novels.
English 6450 6.0, Five Women Novelists (Nineteenth-Century)
English 6652 6.0, James, Wharton, Cather
English 6450 3.0, Austen and Eliot
English 6652 3.0, Wharton and Cather
- Victor Shea
B.A., PEI; M.A., U of Toronto; Ph.D., York
Department of Humanities, Graduate Programs in English, Humanities, and Interdisciplinary Studies
research interests: Victorian Literature and Culture; Victorian Imperialism; Critical Theory.
current project: Victorian Literature: An Anthology (Blackwells, 2011).
Humanities 6127 3.0: Contemporary Theory and the Humanities
- Ann B. (Rusty) Shteir
B.A., Douglass; Ph.D., Rutgers
Women's Studies and Humanities, Graduate Programs in Women's Studies, Humanities, English, and History
research interests: historical and cultural perspectives on women, nature, and science; gender and science; early feminist writings; 18th and 19th century women's studies; women's popular science writing 18th and 19th century; women and botany; and mythology and visual culture.
current project: a book-length cultural history of the goddess Flora in art, literature, and science.
Women's Studies 6003: Women and Culture
Women's Studies 6303 (crosslisted in English, Environmental Studies, Humanities): Historical Perspectives on Women and Nature
- William Whitla
B.A., U of Toronto; M.A., U of Toronto; S.T.B., Trinity College, Toronto; D. Phil., Oxford, Merton College
Department of English; Division of Humanities
research interests: Victorian literature and culture (Robert Browning, Alfred Tennyson, William Morris, and other Pre-Raphaelite writers and artists), Victorian religious and social history, and Victorian art and aesthetics; literary theory; medieval and Renaissance literature and culture.
current projects: Two books forthcoming, both with Wiley-Blackwell: the first is The English Handbook: A Guide to Literary Study and the second (with Victor Shea) is Victorian Literature, an annotated comprehensive anthology of authors and contexts; also a book-length study of translation theory and practice in the nineteenth century, including the Matthew Arnold/Francis Newman controversy over the translation of Homer and the translations of William Morris; a libretto for a new opera Frankenstein, with Canadian composer Andrew Ag.
English 5050: Bibliography and Historical Printing
English 6420: Victorian Poetry: The Major Traditions
English 6450: The Pre-Raphaelite Movement, 1848-1900
- Mary F. Williamson
B.A., M.A., M.L.S., University of Toronto
York University Libraries (retired, Fine Arts Bibliographer); Adjunct Faculty, Graduate Art History
research interests: cookery and food of the 19th and early 20th centuries, particularly in Canada; book illustration in 19th century Canada.