Sheila Cordner

Senior Lecturer, Humanities

Teaching Interests

Victorian Literature; Children’s Literature; Service Learning; Modern British and Irish Literature; Film Studies

Research Interests

Victorian Literature; History of Education; Modern British and Irish Literature; Women’s and Gender Studies


Read more on Sheila Cordner’s teaching: “Deepening Students’ Connection to the Humanities through Service Learning

Selected Publications

Education in Nineteenth-Century British Literature: Exclusion as Innovation(Routledge, 2016).

The Self-Taught Tradition Among British Authors,” The New York Times, Letter to the Editor.

Review of Konstantina Georganta, Conversing Identities: Encounters Between British, Irish and Greek Poetry, 1922-1952. Comparative Literature Studies 52.3 (Summer 2015).

“Radical Education in Aurora Leigh, Victorian Review 41.1 (Spring 2015).

“Victorian Reading across the Lines and off the Page: Dickens’s Model of Multiple Literacies in Our Mutual Friend,” in Reading and the Victorians, edited by Juliet John and Matthew Bradley (Ashgate, 2015).

Selected Presentations

“Dickens and Education,” Dickens Symposium. Boston, July 2017.  

“Gissing’s Self-Education at Home and Abroad,” North American Victorian Studies Association Supernumerary Conference. Florence, May 2017.

“Accidental Reading,” Northeast Victorian Studies Association Conference. University of Rhode Island, April 2015.

“Neither Inside Nor Outside in George Gissing,” Northeast Modern Language Association Conference. Toronto, April 2015.

“Transporting Cram,” Australasian Victorian Studies Conference. Hong Kong, July 2014.

“Jane Austen: Educational Outlier,” Invited talk, Jane Austen Society of North America Massachusetts Chapter. Boston, May 2014.

“Learning the Global through the Local in Aurora Leigh,” North American Victorian Studies Association Joint Conference with British Association of Victorian Studies and Australasian Victorian Studies Association. Venice, Italy. 2013.

“Literature, Service Learning, and the Engaged Humanities Roundtable,” Northeast Modern Language Association Conference. Boston. 2013.

“Learning the Liberal Arts through Service,” Invited talk, Center for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching, Boston University. 2012.

Guest Speaker for Educating Rita post-performance Humanities Forum,” Invited talk, Huntington Theatre Company. Boston, 2011.

“Thomas Hardy’s Autodidacts,” Invited talk, Victorian Literature and Culture Seminar, Mahindra Humanities Center, Harvard University. 2011.

Other Professional Activity and/or Awards

Author of the Month, Boston Athenaeum, October 2017.

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Faculty Learning Community Fellowship, BU, 2017.

Publication Production Award, Boston University Center for the Humanities, 2015.

Arts Initiative Grant, Boston University Arts Initiative, 2014.

NINES (Nineteenth-century Scholarship Online) fellowship to the Digital Humanities Summer Institute, 2013.

HASTAC Scholar (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory), 2012-2013.

Alice M. Brennan Humanities Award, Humanities Foundation, Boston University, 2010.

Angela J. and James J. Rallis Memorial Award, Humanities Foundation, Boston University, 2010.