faculty

Katharine Anderson                                                         
Ph.D., Northwestern University
Graduate Program in Science and Technology Studies; Division of Humanities
email <kateya@yorku.ca>

research interests: Victorian science, travel and nature writing.
current projects: history of ocean sciences in the 1920s and 1930s; Victorian voyage narratives.
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Frances Beer
A.B. (honours), Harvard; M.A., Columbia; Ph.D., U of Toronto
English Atkinson and Graduate Program in English
<fran@yorku.ca>

research interests: the Brontës, George Eliot.
current project: the problem of despair, esp. in the novels of Charlotte Brontë.

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 & Technology Studies
email <tinayc@yorku.ca>

research interests: the 19th-c. novel, especially the historical novel; urban literature; 19th-c. statistics and other sciences; Victorian material culture; art and tourism in Victorian India.
current projects: contingency in Victorian literary, economic, and scientific writing; games, maps, and other examples of 1830s-1850s visual culture.
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Elicia Clements
PhD and MA in English Literature at York University
MA in English Literature, York University
BA (Honours) in English Literature , University of Western Ontario
BMus (Honours) in Music Education , University of Western Ontario
Associate Professor, Department of Humanities
email <elicia@yorku.ca>

research interests: interdisciplinary connections between the art forms of literature and music, aesthetics, the Decadent 90s, Walter Pater, Oscar Wilde, the late-Victorian composer Ethel Smyth.
current projects: book project on Modernist Literary Musics.
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Dorothy de Val
BMus, MA University of Toronto; PhD King’s College, London Graduate Program in Music
Musicology
email <ddeval@yorku.ca>

research interests: music in late Victorian and Edwardian England; the first English folk song revival; piano industry and piano culture throughout the 19th century; Broadwood family (pianos and folksong connections); Victorian music hall; Percy Grainger.
current projects:  Gaelic song collecting in the late 19th and early 20thc (specifically Amy Murray); Gaelic song.

James Elwick
B.A., Western; M.Phil., Cantab; Ph.D., U of Toronto
Science and Technology Studies Program
email <jelwick@yorku.ca>

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).
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Margo S. Gewurtz
B.A., U of Toronto; M.A., Ph.D., Cornell
Department of Humanities (Professor Emeritus and Senior Scholar, as of July 2009); Graduate Programmes in Humanities, History, Women’s Studies
email <mgewurtz@yorku.ca>

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.
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Alison Halsall
B.A. (Honours), Carleton; M.A., Carleton; Ph.D., York
Department of Humanities; Graduate Programs in Humanities, English
email <ahalsall@yorku.ca>

research interests: modernism and the nineteenth century, children’s literature and visual culture, graphic novels, adaptation studies.
current projects: visualizing Gothic tendencies in contemporary children’s graphic novels; neo-Victorianism in popular culture; Victorian legacies in the contemporary graphic novel.
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Lesley J. Higgins
B.A., Brock; M.A., Ph.D., Queen’s
Department of English; Graduate Programs in English, Humanities
email <ljhiggins@aol.com>

research interests: poetry; Gerard Manley Hopkins; Walter Pater; textual studies and editorial theory; late Victorian – Modernist literature and visual arts; James McNeill Whistler.
current projects: [a] Co-general editor of the Collected Works of Gerard Manley Hopkins (8 vols., OUP), and editor of 3 volumes: Diaries, Journals, and Notebooks (2015),  Dublin Notebook (2014), and Oxford Essays and Notes, 1863‒1868. [b] With colleague David Latham, co-general editor of the Collected Works of Walter Pater(10 vols., OUP). [c] Developing a book-length study, Hopkins: Confessing the Flesh.
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David Latham
B.A. (Honours), Acadia; M.A., Toronto; Ph.D., York
Department of English and Graduate Program in English
email <dlatham@yorku.ca>

research interests: Pre-Raphaelite literature and art, Victorian poetry and culture.
current projects:  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; Co-general editor with Lesley Higgins of The Collected Works of Walter Pater, a ten-volume edition scheduled for publication by Oxford University Press.
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Bernard Lightman
B.A., M.A., York U; Ph.D., Brandeis University; F.R.S.
Department of Humanities; Graduate Programs in Humanities, History, and Science and Technology Studies
email <lightman@yorku.ca>

research interests: 19th c British science; science and popular culture; science and religion.
current projects: biography of John Tyndall; the correspondence of John Tyndall; scientific exhibitions and museums in London.
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Scott McLaren
B.A., M.I.St., Ph.D., University of Toronto
York University Libraries; Graduate Programs in Humanities and History
email <scottm@yorku.ca>

research interests: religion and the book, 18th and 19th c. church history, Victorian Gothic fiction, George MacDonald.
current projects: monograph under contract with the University of Toronto Press titled A Reading People: Print Culture and the Methodist Struggle for Social Respectability in Upper Canada, 1800-1850; reassessment of John Wesley’s contribution to the development of denominational publishing in North America.
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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 History
e-mail <Michael.Michie@mail.atkinson.yorku.ca>

research 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
email <sabiston@yorku.ca>

research interests: Nineteenth-century fiction, Women in Literature, American literature, Comparative literature (English, American, French).
current projectsHenry James and the Ladies: The Evolution of the Novel of Manners; Translations of Hédi Bouraoui’s novels (French into English); Ulysses Unchained, on Hédi Bouraoui’s novels.
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Marlis Schweitzer
Ph.D., University of Toronto
Graduate Program in Theatre Studies (GPD); Graduate Program in History (Associated Member)
email <schweit@yorku.ca>

research interests: C19 and early C20 popular entertainment, fashion and beauty culture, transnational commodity culture, celebrity culture, theatre historiography, Performance Studies
current projects: Ambassadors of Empire: Child Performers and Colonial Audiences, 1835-1860 (a SSHRC-funded project) on the movement of child performers along global theatrical circuits; technological innovations (e.g. ocean liners, telegraphy, typewriters) and structural changes (e.g. reorganization of touring routes) that facilitated the rapid exchange of theatrical commodities (plays, performers, props, costumes, etc.) between Europe and North America in the late C19 and early C20
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Victor Shea
B.A., PEI; M.A., U of Toronto; Ph.D., York
Department of Humanities, Graduate Programs in English, Humanities, and Interdisciplinary Studies
email <vshea@yorku.ca>

research interests: Victorian Literature and Culture; Victorian Imperialism; Critical Theory.
current project: Victorian Literature: An Anthology (Blackwells, 2011).

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
email <rshteir@yorku.ca>

research interests:  women and botany, historical and cultural perspectives on women, nature, and science; gender and science; 18th and 19th century women’s studies; women’s popular science writing 18th and 19th century;  and mythology and visual culture.
current project
:  a study of four elite women in 1820s-30s British North America who collected plants in Quebec and Newfoundland for W. J. Hooker’s Flora Boreali-Americana (1829-40).

Karen Stanworth
BFA (Concordia), BEd (McGill), MA (York), PhD (Manchester)
Art History and Education
email <kstanworth@edu.yorku.ca>

research interests:  visual culture and pedagogy; higher education and the arts; feminist cultural theory and production; and narrative and history. Visibly Canadian: Imaging Collective Identities in the Canadas, 1830-1910  is a major study on visual culture and identity in 19th century, Victorian Canada which examines the ways in which visual culture participates in the construction and mediation of social identities, particularly in early museum pedagogies, visual spectacle and the representation of group identities.

Current research initiatives also include curatorial work on issues in queer archives in collaboration with the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives of Canada (CLGA). She is also working on a series of case studies about bawdy images in 20th century Canada.
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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
email <bill.whitla@sympatico.ca>

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: A long essay on William Morris and the Classical Tradition for the Ashgate Companion to WilliamMorris, a book (with Victor Shea) on the Thomas Carlyle and J. S. Mill controversy over the “Occasional Discourse on the Nigger Question,” and (again with Victor Shea) a study of translation theory and practice in the nineteenth century, including the Matthew Arnold/Francis Newman controversy over the translation of Homer.

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
email <mfw@yorku.ca>

research interests: cookery and food of the 19th and early 20th centuries, particularly in Canada; book illustration in 19th century Canada.