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English Department

Michelle Allen-Emerson

Professor

Degrees

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

 Profile

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.

 Courses

  • 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)

 Publications

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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