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Scholarly Interest Report
Robert L. Patten
Lynette S. Autrey Professor in Humanities
  • B.A. (1960) Swarthmore College
  • M.A. (1962) Princeton University
  • Ph.D. (1965) Princeton University
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Department Affiliations
  • Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
  • Studies in English Literature
    Research Areas
     Nineteenth-century British literature and art, history of the book, print culture, political and social caricature, illustration, publishing, biography
    Teaching Areas
     Surveys of English literature, nineteenth-century literature, the novel, Charles Dickens, Victorian poetry and prose. European fiction 1700-1900
    Selected Publications
     Refereed articles

    Robert L. Patten, "Phizzing," Princeton University Library Chronicle 71, 3 (Spring 2011): 307-56.


    Robert L. Patten, "The Contemporaneity of The Last Tournament," Victorian Poetry 47, 1 (Spring 2009): 259-83; special issue commemorating the bicentenary of Alfred Tennyson's birth, ed. Herbert F. Tucker.


    Robert L. Patten "Charles Dickens and "Boz": The Birth of the Industrial-Age Author, Cambridge University Press, 408 pp.." In Press


    Robert L. Patten "Charles Dickens and Victorian Print Cultures, Ashgate Press, 625 pp.." Submitted

     Book chapters

    Robert L. Patten, "Dickens Goes Global: First Phase/Dickens a l'echelle planetaire: premiere phase," in Charles Dickens L'Inimitable/The Inimitable, ed. Christine Huguet (Paris: Editions Democrattic Books, 2011), 73-118.


    Robert L. Patten, "Internationalizing Dickens: 'Little Dorrit' Reconsidered," in the Proceedings of the Chateau de Cerisy, ed. Nathalie Vanfasse and Christine Huguet


    Robert L. Patten, "Signifying Shape in Pan-European Caricature," in The Efflorescence of Caricature, 1715-1838, ed. Todd Porterfield (Aldershot, Hants: Ashgate, 2010), pp. 137-57.

     Book reviews

    Robert L. Patten, Review of Barbara Hardy, Dickens and Creativity, English Studies 91, 2 (April 2010): 231-33.

     Invited Talks

    "Should Fairy Tales Be Censored?" Twilight Talk, Rienzi, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 10 February 2010.


    "What's Victorian About Christmas?" Friends of Fondren Library Victorian Evening fund raiser, 8 December 2010.

     Keynote Speaker

    "Higgledy-Piggledy: Illustration, Memory, and Text in David Copperfield," Univ. of California Santa Cruz Dickens Universe keynote, 2 August 2009.


    "International Dickens: Reappraising Little Dorrit", keynote address at Dickens, Modern, Modernity, international conference on Dickens, Chateau de Cerisy, Normandy FR, 25 August 2011.


    Robert L. Patten, "Squadrons of Satirists; Or, the Cannons of Caricature: The War Time Weapons of Humor," Picturing War and Peace in European Art, lecture series in conjunction with The Plains of Mars: European War Prints, 1500-1825, from the Collection of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 19 March 2009.


    From Wit to Manners: Contrasting Modes of Illustration and Changing Nineteenth-Century British Print Cultures, Ripley Center, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC, 16 July 2011


    Film, Charles Dickens, interview with John Mee and Robert L. Patten, produced by Emily Little for the University of Warwick, UK


    A Tale of A Tale of Two Cities, BBC4, 29 December 2011, produced by Tom Alban, archived in permanent podcasts

    Editorial Positions
     Member of the Editorial Board, Dickens Studies Annual. AMS Press. (2011 - 2011)

     Editor, SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900. Rice University. (2011 - 2011)

    Supervised Theses & Dissertations
     Kevin Morrison, Ph.D. "Inhabiting Liberalism: Politics, Culture, and the Spaces of Masculine Professionalism, 1823-1903.". (2009) (Thesis Co-Director)

     Molly Robey, Ph.D. Sacred Geographies: Religion, Race, and the Holy Land in US Literature, 1819-1920. (2009) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Ann Dayton, Ph.D. Awkward Visits: District Visiting, Gender, and Middle-class Identity in the Victorian Imagination. (2009) (Thesis Co-Director)

     Duncan Hassell, Ph.D. Material Fictions: Readers and Textuality in the British Novel, 1814-1852. (2009) (Thesis Director)

     Kara Marler-Kennedy, Ph.D. "Mourning, Violence, and the Historical Novel in Nineteenth-Century Britain.". (2010) (Thesis Co-Director)

     Elizabeth Coggin Womack, Ph.D. "Secondhand Economies: Recycling, Reuse, and Exchange in the Victorian Novel.". (2010) (Thesis Co-Director)

     Ingrid Devilliers, Ph.D. Victorian Commodities: Reading Serial Novels Alongside their Advertising Supplements. (2010) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Basak Demirhan, Ph.D. "Food for Sympathy: Affect and Illness Narratives in Victorian Literature and Culture.". (2010) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Victoria Ford Smith, Ph.D. "Between Generations: Imagination, Collaboration, and the Nineteenth-Century Child.". (2010) (Thesis Co-Director)

     Kevin Sigerman, B.A. Domestic Spaces as the Anchors of Victorian Literature. (2010) (Thesis Director)

     Victoria Ford Smith, Ph.D. Between Generations: Imagination, Collaboration, and the Nineteenth-Century Child. (2010) (Thesis Co-Director)

     Eun-Young Koh, Ph.D. "'O Sweet Balm of the Wounded Spirit': Conversion, Domesticity, and Narrative Hybridity in the Victorian Religious Novel.". (2011) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Heather Miner, Ph.D. Regionalism in Victoran Literature. (2011) (Thesis Co-Director)

     Jeffrey Jackson, Ph.D. "Withdrawing from History: Wordsworth, Scott, and Dickens in the Afterlife of the Scottish Enlightenment.". (2011) (Thesis Director)

     Jennifer E. Weeks, Ph.D. "From the Study to the Schoolroom: A History of the Reading Girl in Victorian England.". (2011) (Thesis Co-Director)

     Jon Michael Varese, Ph.D. The Value of Story-telling: Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, George Eliot, and the Business of Novel-writing in the Nineteenth Century. (2011) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Amelia Scholtz, Ph.D. "'Not Words But Things': The Aestheticisation of Japan in Western Literature, 1880-1920.". (2011) (Thesis Director)

     Heather Elliott, Ph.D. Magical Journey: Victorian Fairy Tales. (2012) (Thesis Director)

     Daewoong Kim, Ph.D. Biblocal Interpretation in the Book of Daniel. (2012) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Joanna Shawn Bridget O'Leary, Ph.D. Disease, Literature, and the Terror of the Tiny. (2012) (Thesis Co-Director)

     Sarah Graham, Ph.D. From Self-Surveillance to Self-dissolutin: Wordsworth, Emerson, Foucault, and the Prison of Identity. (2013) (Thesis Committee Member)

    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     Corresponding Member, The English Association (2010)

     Scholar in Residence, Trustees of the Charles Dickens Museum (2010)

     Senior Research Fellow, Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London (2010)