Natalie McKnight

Dean; Professor of HumanitiesMCKNIGHT


BA English and Drama, Washington College
MA Creative Writing, Johns Hopkins University
PhD English and American Literature, University of Delaware

Teaching Interests

Survey literature and art courses, Victorian studies, creative writing and ethical philosophy

Research Interests

Victorian studies, gender studies and general education

Selected Publications


Culture and Context. Co-editor. Vols. I & II. Cognella Academic Publishing, 2014.

Dickens Studies Annual. Co-editor. Vols. 41 to the present. AMS Press, 2010 to the present.

Fathers in Victorian Fiction. Co-author and editor. Cambridge Scholars Press, 2011.

Idiots, Madmen and Other Prisoners in Dickens. St. Martin’s Press, 1993.

Suffering Mothers in Mid-Victorian Novels. St. Martin’s Press, 1997.


“Scholars: Dickens classic may have Lowellian links.” Lowell Sun. December 16, 2013.

Was Dickens’s Christmas Carol borrowed from Lowell’s mill girls?” Boston Globe. December 15, 2013.

Other Professional Activity and/or Awards

President of the Dickens Society.

Co-editor, Dickens Studies Annual, 2010 to the present.

Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award, Boston University, 1998-99.

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