Kevin A. Morrison
Assistant Professor, English
Kevin A. Morrison specializes in the literature and culture of Victorian Britain. He approaches the period with an interest in its social and cultural history, drawing on the vast array of items—visual and written texts, artifacted objects, architecture—constituting its material record. Professor Morrison has just completed his first book, Frames of Mind, which argues for the essential significance of architectural space and decorative interiors in studying nineteenth-century liberalism. He was recently awarded funding from the American Philosophical Society to undertake initial research on his second book, a study of London’s Athenaeum Club. His longstanding interest in Victorian popular fiction has resulted in critical editions of two novels by Walter Besant, All Sorts and Conditions of Men: An Impossible Story (Victorian Secrets, 2012) and Children of Gibeon (Cognella, 2012). He is also editing A Companion to Victorian Popular Fiction (under contract, McFarland). In addition, he has edited an anthology of materials on Victorian family life (Cognella 2016) and on Victorian London’s East End (Cognella, forthcoming), and has published widely in such journals as Novel: A Forum on Fiction, Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, European Romantic Review, Victorian Literature and Culture, and Comparative Literature. Professor Morrison’s interdisciplinary interests extend to the classroom, where he regularly offers crosslisted courses with Women’s and Gender Studies and—for a study abroad program for graduate and undergraduate students at Syracuse University’s London Center—with the History Department. He is a general editor of the journal Cultural History.
Research and Teaching Interests
Victorian political culture; poverty and inequality; urbanism; material culture studies, especially architecture and decorative interiors; and post-Foucauldian governmentality studies.
Areas of Supervision
Any aspect of the literature and culture of Victorian Britain and its empire, particularly work utilizing one or more of the following optics and/or methodologies: gender, urban, or political theory; historicism; material culture studies; and governmentality studies.
Nineteenth-Century Urban Cultures
The Victorian Family and Its Others
Jack the Ripper and His Legacy
Victorian Slums and Their Saviors
Victorian Politics and Literature
Methods and Issues in Victorian Studies