Josephine McDonagh

Professor of Nineteenth-century Literature

King's College London

Josephine McDonagh is a professor of literature at King’s College, London,  having previously taught at the Universities of Oxford, Cork, Exeter, and Birkbeck, University of London. Her work mainly concerns later 18th and 19th century British literature and culture.  She has written monographs on Thomas De Quincey (De Quincey’s Disciplines [1994]), George Eliot (George Eliot [1997]), and on the figurations of child murder in British culture in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries (Child Murder and British Culture, 1720-1900 [2003]). Her revised edition of Anne Brontë’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall was published in Oxford University Press’s ‘Worlds Classics’ series in 2008.  The OUP website hosts an audio guide to The Tenant of Wildfell Hall in which she introduces the novel. She has co-edited volumes of essays on gender politics (Political Gender: Texts and Contexts [1994]), literature and science (Encounters: Transactions between Science and Culture in the Nineteenth Century [2002]) , and most recently, with Colin Jones and Jon Mee, an interdisciplinary volume on Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities and the French Revolution (Charles Dickens and the French Revolution [2009]). Her current work examines the literature and the culture of migration in the nineteenth century.