Pamela Gilbert

Albert Brick Professor

Pamela K. Gilbert received her PhD in English from the University of Southern California in 1994. She has published widely in the areas of Victorian literature, cultural studies and the history of medicine. Her first book, Disease, Desire and the Body in Victorian Women’s Popular Novels, was published by Cambridge University Press in 1997, followed by Mapping the Victorian Social Body (SUNY Press, 2004), The Citizen’s Body (Ohio State University Press, 2007), and Cholera and Nation (SUNY Press, 2008). She has edited a collection entitled Imagined Londons (SUNY Press, 2002), and co-edited Beyond Sensation: Mary Elizabeth Braddon in Context (SUNY Press, 1999, with Marlene Tromp and Aeron Haynie). She is the editor of the Companion to Sensation Fiction (Blackwell, 2011), and has edited a teaching and scholarly edition of Rhoda Broughton’s novel, Cometh Up as a Flower (Broadview Press 2010).

Her more recent articles include “Disease and the Body,” in The Victorian World; “Women and Medicine in the Age of Empire.” The Cultural History of Women in The Age of Empire (1800-1920); “‘A Nation of Good Animals’: Popular Beliefs and the Body,” in A Cultural History of the Body; “Feminism and the Canon: Recovery and Reconsideration of Popular Novelists“ in Antifeminism and the Victorian Novel: Rereading Nineteenth Century Women Writers; “History and its Ends in Chartist Epic” in Victorian Literature and Culture; “The Idea of the City: Epilogue” in The Idea of the City; “Sex and the Modern City: English Studies and The Spatial Turn,” in The Spatial Turn; “Interdisciplinarity and the Body,” an introductory essay for a special issue of Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net; “Dangers Lurking Everywhere: Sex Offenders as Pollution,” in Dirt: New Geographies of Cleanliness and Contamination; and “Islands in A Filthy Stream: Medical Mapping, The Thames, and the Body in Our Mutual Friend,” published in the edited collection Filth.

Professor Gilbert chaired the Department of English from May 2007–May 2011. Her research interests include gender, the Victorian novel, the body, Victorian cultural and medical history, and medical humanities. She teaches courses in the following areas: Victorian literature; feminisms, genders, and sexualities; and cultural studies.

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