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Michelle Allen-Emerson



  • Ph.D., University of Virginia, Department of English, 2001
  • B.A., cum laude, The University of the South (Sewanee), 1991 


Michelle Allen-Emerson is a Professor of English at the United States Naval Academy. She teaches upper-level courses in 19th century British literature and culture, as well as introductory courses in literature and composition. Her research interests include sanitary reform, urban history, periodical studies, and Dickens.


  • HE111-112: Rhetoric and Introduction to Literature I, II
  • HE302: Forms of Poetry
  • HE317: The Romantic Period
  • HE319: Victorian Literature
  • HE463: How We Read Dickens Now (capstone)
  • HE503: Victorian Vision: 19th Century Art & Literature (honors capstone)


Books, Editions, Edited Collections:

  • General Editor, Sanitary Reform in Victorian Britain, 6 volumes (London: Pickering and Chatto, 2012-2013).
  •  Editor, Sanitary Reform and Urban Improvement, volume 4 of Sanitary Reform in Victorian Britain (London: Pickering and Chatto, 2013).
  •  Editor, Sanitary Engineering, volume 3 of Sanitary Reform in Victorian Britain (London: Pickering and Chatto, 2012).
  •  Cleansing the City: Sanitary Geographies in Victorian London (Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2008).
  •  Co-editor with Robert Madison, Lorna Doone, by R. D. Blackmore (New York: Penguin, 2005).

Book Chapters:

  • “Contextualizing the Novel in the Victorian Literature Classroom,” Teaching Victorian Literature in the Twenty-First Century: A Guide to Pedagogy, eds. Jen Cadwallader and Laurence Mazzeno (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). 
  • “A More Expansive Reach: The Geography of the Thames in Our Mutual Friend,” Dickens and the City, ed. Jeremy Tambling, A Library of Essays on Charles Dickens (Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2012), 497-528. Reprinted from Cleansing the City.

Peer-Reviewed Articles:

  • On Magazine Day,” BRANCH: Britain, Representation and Nineteenth-Century History, ed. Dino Franco Felluga, extension of Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net, Web, June 2015.
  • “Adventures in the Marketplace with H. Rider Haggard: Author-Publisher Relations in Mr. Meeson’s Will,” English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920 57.4 (2014): 497-518.
  • “From Cesspool to Sewer: Sanitary Reform and the Rhetoric of Resistance, 1848-1880,” Victorian Literature and Culture 30.2 (2002): 383-402.
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