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). She is also co-associate editor of the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature (2016), and she currently edits the book series Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century (SUNY Press).

Her more recent articles include “Genre Fiction and the Sensational” in Victorian Literature: Criticism and Debates, “The Will to Touch: David Copperfield’s Hand” in 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, “Sensation Fiction and the Medical Context” in the Cambridge Companion to Sensation,Ouida and the Canon: Recovery, Reconsideration, Revisioning the Popular” in Exile of Passion: New Perspectives on Ouida and Nineteenth-Century Popular Culture, “Disease and the Body” in The Victorian World, “Women and Medicine in the Age of Empire” in 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, and “History and its Ends in Chartist Epic” in Victorian Literature and Culture, among others.

Professor Gilbert’s 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. She chaired the Department of English from May 2007–May 2011. She is currently on leave as a Fellow at the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University (2016–17) and she is also a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow (2016 cohort).


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