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Patrick Brantlinger

Patrick Brantlinger


James Rudy Professor Emeritus

Ph.D., Harvard University, 1968
M.A., Harvard University, 1965
B.A., Antioch College, 1964.

Research Interests

Victorian studies; cultural studies; history of literacy and reading; aesthetics; postcolonial studies.

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Selected Publications and Presentations (click images for more information)


States of Emergency: Essays in Culture and PoliticsStates of Emergency: Essays in Culture and Politics (Indiana University Press, 2013).

Taming Cannibals: Race and the VictoriansTaming Cannibals: Race and the Victorians (Cornell University Press, 2011).

Victorian Literature and Postcolonial StudiesVictorian Literature and Postcolonial Studies (Edinburgh University Press, 2010).

Dark VanishingsDark Vanishings: Discourse on the Extinction of Primitive Races, 1800-1930 (Cornell University Press, 2003).

The Blackwell Companion to the Victorian NovelCo-editor, The Blackwell Companion to the Victorian Novel (2002).

Who Killed Shakespeare? What's Happened to English Since the Radical Sixties (2000).

The Reading Lesson: Mass Literacy As Threat in British Fiction , 1764-1910 (Indiana UP, 1998).

Fictions of State: Culture and Credit in Britain, 1694-1994 (Cornell UP, 1996).

Crusoe's Footprints: Cultural Studies in Britain and America (Routledge, 1990).

Rule of Darkness: British Literature and Imperialism, 1830-1900 (Cornell UP, 1988).

Bread and Circuses: Theories of Mass Culture As Social Decay (Cornell UP, 1983).

The Spirit of Reform: British Literature And Politics, 1832-67 (Harvard UP, 1977).

Additional Appointments

Served as Chair of English, 1990-94.

Served as Vice-President and President, Midwest Victorian Studies Association, 1991-93.

Served as Editor of Victorian Studies, 1980-90, and Director of the Victorian Studies Graduate Program during that decade.

Served as NEH Evaluator, Actors' Theater "Victorian Season," Louisville, KY 1988-89.

Selected Honors and Awards

College Alumni Association Distinguished Professor, 2001.
Lansdowne Distinguished Lecturer in the Humanities, University of Victoria, Canada, January 1998.
Elected to MLA Victorian Literature Committee, 1988-93.
Faculty member, NEH Summer Seminar, Yale Center for British Art, Summer, 1991.
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 1983.
John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, 1978-79.