Linda Hughes

Addie Levy Professor of Literature

Texas Christian University

Linda’s research and teaching in nineteenth-century British studies embraces all genres and a variety of approaches, but she is especially interested in historical media studies (illustrated poetry, periodicals, publishing history, serial fiction); gender and women’s studies; and, increasingly, inter- or transnationality. She argues in the Cambridge Introduction to Victorian Poetry (2010), for example, that the widespread publication of poetry in popular periodicals means that poetry was read by a much larger audience than has often been thought. Her commitment to women’s studies informs A Feminist Reader: Feminist Thought from Sappho to Satrapi (Cambridge UP, 2013), a four-volume transhistorical, transnational anthology that she co-edited with Sharon M. Harris (University of Connecticut). She and Sarah R. Robbins, Lorraine Sherley Professor of Literature at TCU, are co-editors of Teaching Transatlanticism: Resources for Teaching Nineteenth-Century Anglo-American Print Culture (Edinburgh UP, 2015). Her current book project approaches the topics of female cosmopolitanism, the prehistory of study abroad, and transnational women’s literary networks through the Victorian women writers from Anna Jameson to Vernon Lee, who studied German, resided for a time in German speaking countries, and sought to represent cultural differences and exchanges from an insider-female perspective. Her interdisciplinary interests underlie a forthcoming essay entitled “Prefiguring Future Pasts: Imagined Histories in Illustrated Periodical Poems, 1859-1910” for Comics through the Looking Glass, ed. Rebecca Mitchell and Anna Maria Jones.