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Skidmore College
English Department

Barbara BlackBarbara Black

Professor, tisch chair in arts and letters

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

Office: Palamountain 305
Phone: (518) 580-5154

Teaching and Research Interests: 

  • Nineteenth-Century British Literature
  • Cultural Studies, with particular focus on global networks and urban studies
  • History and Theory of the Novel
  • Victorian Nonfiction and Poetry
  • Decadence and Aestheticism

Courses Taught:

  • EN 105: American Dreams
  • EN 105: Tribe?
  • EN 110: Introduction to Literary Studies
  • EN 211: Fiction
  • EN 223: Women and Literature
  • EN 228: Reading Dickens
  • EN 228W, Scribner Seminar: Imagining the Future
  • EN 229: Sensation
  • EN 229: Afterlives
  • EN 316: The Nineteenth-Century Novel
  • EN 331: The Wild(e) Nineties
  • EN 352: Victorian Literature and Culture
  • 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
  • EN 363: Haunted
  • EN 375: The Other Victorians

Selected Publications:

  • “Thinking Of and With Another: Caring for Schreiner in the Time of Covid,” Global 19thCentury Studies (2024) 
  • "Museums," commissioned by Oxford University Press, Oxford Bibliographies in Victorian Literature (2023) 
  • “Learning to Live with Ghosts,” commissioned creative nonfiction piece for Gavialidae (January 2023)
  • Olive Schreiner's Dreams, co-edited with Carly Nations and Anna Spydell (Broadview, 2020)
  • Hotel London** (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 TLS and won a 2020 Book Award from Victorian Society for America.
Reviewed in The Times Literary Supplement.