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Skidmore College
English Department

Barbara BlackBarbara Black


AB, Bryn Mawr College
MA, PhD, U of Virginia 

Office: Palamountain 316
Phone: (518) 580-5154

Teaching and Research Interests: 

  • Victorian Literature and Culture, especially Empire and Urbanism in the Nineteenth Century
  • History and Theory of the Novel
  • Victorian Non-Fiction Prose
  • Nineteenth-Century Poetry
  • Cultural Studies
  • the British Fin de Siecle

Courses Taught:

  • Scribner Seminar, EN 105: American Dreams
  • EN 110: Introduction to Literary Studies
  • EN 223: Women and Literature
  • EN 228: Reading Dickens
  • EN 229: Sensation
  • EN 229: Imagining the Future
  • EN 316: The Nineteenth-Century Novel
  • EN 352: Victorian Literature and Culture
  • EN 363: The Wild(e) Nineties
  • EN 363: The Will to Power (the Literature of Empire)
  • EN 363: Secrets, Shame, and Privacy in the Nineteenth Century
  • EN 363: Globe and Planet: Time, Space, and the Victorians

Selected Publications:

  • Olive Schreiner's Dreams, co-edited with Carly Nations and Anna Spydell (Broadview, fall 2020)
  • Hotel London: How Commercial Hospitality Shaped a Nation and Its Stories** (Ohio State UP, 2019)
  • A Room of His Own* (Ohio University Press, 2012; re-issued in paperback, 2014)
  • On Exhibit: Victorians and Their Museums (UP of Virginia, 2000)
  • "A Sisterhood of Rage and Beauty: Dickens's Rosa Dartle, Miss Wade, and Madame Defarge," Dickens and Gender (Ashgate, 2012)
  • "The Pursuit of Happiness," guest-edited issue of Nineteenth-Century Contexts, Spring 2011
  • "The Pleasure of Your Company in Late-Victorian Clubland,"Nineteenth-Century Contexts, 2010
  • "Walking again on the Wild(e) Side," Salmagundi, Winter 2008

* Reviewed in The Times Literary Supplement

** Reviewed in The TLS and won a 2020 Book Award from Victorian Society for America.