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Nineteenth-Century Studies

Nineteenth-century Studies (NCS) in the Department of English includes a thriving community of faculty and graduate students from all over the country and in several areas of expertise. Eight of our faculty members in literature, creative writing, and technical communication work entirely or principally with nineteenth-century texts, including interests in Charles Dickens, Herman Melville, Charlotte and Emily Brontë, Lord Byron, Joanna Baillie, Mark Twain, and Wilkie Collins. Our interests range across 19th-century American, Romantic, Victorian, trans-Atlantic and comparative literatures and include a variety of theoretical approaches.

In recent years, graduates of our M.A. program in nineteenth-century literature have gone on to attend excellent Ph.D. programs at the University of Maryland, Rice University, the Claremont Graduate University, Syracuse University, the University of Florida, the University of Connecticut, and the University of Missouri-Columbia. Our doctoral students--and often our master's students--publish their work and present at the largest conferences in the field. Since 2004, 100% of NCS doctoral students have gone on to tenure-track faculty positions.

NCS faculty are committed scholars and teachers, with interests ranging from the nineteenth-century book trade to feminist theory, and from pre-Romantic art history to "gilded age" American fiction and political culture. We have won grants from the NEH, the Bibliographic Society of America, and the Folger Shakespeare Library, as well as numerous book and essay prizes. We hold (and have held) executive positions in the College English Association (CEA), North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA), the Society for Literature and Science (SLS), and the South Central Modern Language Association (SCMLA). Four of us have been inducted into the Texas Tech University Teaching Academy, and several have won university-wide teaching prizes. Typically, we offer five graduate seminars each year in nineteenth-century literature, divided between American, British, and comparative or trans-Atlantic literatures. Many students also take supporting seminars in other disciplines (art history, theater, history, philosophy) to complement their work in English studies.

For more information about faculty, recent course offerings, and scholarly resources in nineteenth-century literature at the graduate level, please try the links to the right. If you would like more complete information than you can find on this website, please send email to ncs@ttu.edu.