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Elsie  Michie 
Bachelor's Degree(s): In Russian and Comparative Literature, Brown University, June 1980
Master's Degree: In Comparative Literature, Brown University, June 1973
PhD: In English, Yale University, June, 1984
Phone: (225) 578-2859
Office: 210-G Allen Hall

Area of Interest

Social History and the Victorian Novel, Nineteenth-Century Women Novelists (Shelley, Trollope, the Brontes, Gaskell, Eliot, Oliphant), Money in the Novel, Victorian Vulgarity, The Victorian Canon (exclusions as well as inclusions), Political Economy and the Novel, Anthropology and the Novel, the Novel of Manners from Austen to James

Awards & Honors

Recommended for receipt of ATLAS, April 2007, April 2008
Finalist Faulkner-Wisdom Prize, August 2006
Regent's Research Grant, Fall 2004
Nicholson Award, Outstanding Faculty Member, 2002-2003
H. M. “Hub” Cotton Award for Faculty Excellence, 2002
Faculty Honor Roll, 2001, 2002
EGSA Award for Graduate Faculty Excellence, 1997.
Outside the Pale Nominated for MLA First Book Award, 1994

Selected Publications



In Print:

Outside the Pale : Cultural Exclusion, Gender Difference, and the Victorian Woman Writer , Cornell University 

        Press, hardback Dec. 1993, paperback, Jan. 1994.

Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre: A Casebook, Oxford University Press, February, 2006.


In Progress:

Victorian Vulgarity . (An anthology of critical essays co-edited with Susan Bernstein. University of Wisconsin). 

        Contract signed with Ashgate Press, April 2007. Manuscript in press, forthcoming 2009.

The Vulgar Question of Money: Heiresses from Austen to James (4 of 6 chapters completed, anticipate submission 

        to press, fall 2008).




In Print:
“Horses and Sexual/Social Dominance,” in Victorian Animal Dreams: Representations of Animals in Victorian 

        Literature and Culture, ed. Deborah Denenholz Morse and Martin A. Danahay, Ashgate Press. 2007, 144-66.

“The Odd Couple: Anthony Trollope and Henry James.” The Henry James Review . 27:1 (2006): 10-23. (Article 

        requested by journal).        

“Broken Ornaments,” The Southern Review 39.4 (Autumn 2003): 839-50.

“Dressing Up: Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles and Oliphant's Phoebe Junior ,” Victorian Literature and Culture 

        30.1 (2002): 305-323.    

“Buying Brains: Trollope, Oliphant, and Vulgar Victorian Commerce,” Victorian Studies 44.1 (Autumn 2001): 76-97.

“Austen's Powers: Engaging with Adam Smith in Debates about Wealth and Virtue,” Novel 34.1 (Fall 2000): 5-27.   

        Unveiling Maternal Desire: Hitchcock and American Domesticity," in Hitchcock's America , ed. Jonathan 

        Freedman and Rick Millington, Oxford University Press, 1999.

“White Chimpanzees and Oriental Despots: Racial Stereotyping and Edward Rochester,” St. Martin's Case Studies in 

        Contemporary Criticism Jane Eyre , ed. Beth Newman, 1996.

“From Simianized Irish to Oriental Despots: Heathcliff, Rochester, the Brontes and Race.” Novel (Winter 1992): 1-17.

"Production Replaces Creation: Market Forces and Frankenstein as a Critique of Romanticism." Nineteenth-Century 

        Contexts 12.1 (Spring 1989): 27-33.

" Frankenstein and Marx's Theories of Alienated Labor," Approaches to Teaching Frankenstein . Ed. Stephen 

        Behrendt. New York: MLA, 1990. 132-141.


In Progress:
“A Woman of Money: Miss Dunstable, Thomas Holloway, and Victorian Commercial Wealth,” in Trollope and 

        Gender, ed. Margaret Marwick and Deborah Denenholz Morse, Ashgate, forthcoming 2008 (manuscript in 


“Rich Woman/Poor Woman: Towards an Anthropology of the Nineteenth-Century Marriage Plot,” forthcoming March 

        2009 in PMLA cluster on Victorian Literature.

“Introduction” and 'Vulgarizing Christianity,” in Victorian Vulgarity, ed. Susan David Berstein and Elsie B. Michie, 

        forthcoming Ashgate, 2009.

“Vulgarity and Money,” in The Cambridge Companion to Anthony Trollope, ed. Carolyn Dever and Lisa Niles, 

        contract signed April 26, 2007, article due July 2008.