Department of English

University of Toronto

Matus, Jill

MatusJill L. Matus
Professor, Graduate Faculty; Undergraduate Instructor (UTSG)
Email: jill.matus@utoronto.ca 
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Office Hours and/or Leave Status: TBA

Teaching and Research Interests
Victorian literature and culture;  literature and science; literary theory; contemporary British and American women writers.

Degrees
BA. (Witwatersrand), M.A. (Columbia), Ph.D. (Toronto).

Publications 

Books
Shock, Memory and the Unconscious in Victorian Fiction.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009

Editor, The Cambridge Companion to Elizabeth Gaskell. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007

Toni Morrison. Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 1998 

Unstable Bodies: Victorian Representations of Sexuality and Maternity. Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 1995

Publications - Recent Essays
"George Eliot" in The Cambridge Companion to English Novelists, ed. Adrian Poole.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009

"Historicizing Trauma: The Genealogy of Psychic Shock in Daniel Deronda." Victorian Literature and Culture 36 (2008) 121-140

"Victorian Framings of the Mind: Recent Work on Mid-Nineteenth Century Theories of Consciousness, Memory, and Emotion."  Literature Compass 4:4, 2007 1257-1276

“Emergent Theories of Victorian Mind Shock: From War and Railway Accident to Nerves, Electricity and Emotion.” in Neurology and Literature 1860-1920, ed. Anne Stiles. Houndmills, Basingstoke: MacMillan Palgrave, 2007. 163-84

Mary Barton and North and South.” The Cambridge Companion to Elizabeth Gaskell. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 20067

“Collaboration and Collusion: Two Victorian Couples and their Orientalist Texts” in Literary Couplings: Writing Couples, Collaborators and the Construction of Authorship. Ed Marjorie Stone and Judith Thompson. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2006. 

“ ‘Strong Family Likeness’: Jane Eyre and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall” in The Cambridge Companion to the Brontës. Ed. Heather Glen. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002. 99-121

“Trauma, Memory and Railway Disaster: The Dickensian Connection.” Victorian Studies 43 (2001) 413-436.

Current Research
Histories of emotion; theories of late style.

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