Modern British literature; Victorian studies; Ethics and Literature; Narrative theory
Department of English
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5331
Office: (269) 387-2587
Ph.D., Indiana University
Jil Larson specializes in Victorian studies, ethics and literature, narrative theory, as well as modern British literature. Her Ph.D. is from Indiana University. She has taught Literary Interpretation, Women in Literature, The English Bible as Literature, British Literature II, Studies in the Novel, Victorian Literature, The Victorian Novel, Literary Criticism and Theory, Narrative Theory, and special topic seminars on The Ethics of Belief, The Victorian Fin-de-siecle, the Brontes, George Eliot, Elizabeth Gaskell, Thomas Hardy, and Joseph Conrad. She serves on the Executive Board of WMU's Ethics Center and is currently Vice President of Phi Beta Kappa, Southwest Michigan Association. Her current book project focuses on the intersection of ethics and religion in nineteenth and twentieth century British literature and considers poets and novelists such as William Blake, Charlotte Bronte, Elizabeth Gaskell, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Edmund Gosse, Graham Greene, and Jeanette Winterson.
Dr. Larson has published articles on Thomas Hardy, Joseph Conrad, and New Woman writers; book reviews in a variety of publications, including Victorian Studies, where she served as Managing Editor while at Indiana University; an essay on Thomas Hardy's short fiction in the Dictionary of Literary Biography; and a book, Ethics and Narrative in the English Novel, 1880-1914 (Cambridge University Press, 2001).