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Alexandra Valint

Dr. Alexandra Valint

Associate Professor


Alexandra Valint teaches and writes about Victorian literature, narrative theory, the gothic, disability studies, children’s literature, and young adult literature. Her book Narrative Bonds: The Victorian Multi-Narrator Novel was published in 2021 by the Theory and Interpretation of Narrative series at Ohio State University Press. It examines Victorian novels that employ multiple narrators by authors such as Charles Dickens, Emily Brontë, Wilkie Collins, and Robert Louis Stevenson. Her next book project analyzes the use of mobility aids—especially wheelchairs and crutches—in Victorian and Edwardian novels like The Secret Garden, The Law and the Lady, and Treasure Island. She received an NEH Summer Stipend in 2022 to work on this book project. She regularly teaches a course on the Victorian gothic in USM’s British Studies Program in London, England.

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  • English Literature (PHD) - University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus (2012)
  • English Literature (BA) - University of Virginia (2004)

Undergraduate Courses
ENG 200: Introduction to Drama
ENG 203: World Literature
ENG 340: Analysis of Literature
ENG 351: British Literature 2
ENG 418: Adolescent Literature
ENG 445: Studies in Children’s and Young Adult Literature
ENG 463: Victorian Fiction and Prose
ENG 464: Survey of the British Novel to 1900

Graduate Courses
ENG 640: Critical Reading and Methods in English
ENG 644: Literary Theory (“Introduction to Narrative Theory”)
ENG 669: Topics in British Literature (“The Victorian Short Story”)
ENG 764: Victorianism (“Points of View: Victorian Narrators and Readers”)
ENG 764: Victorianism (“Strange Cases: The Victorian Gothic”)
ENG 764: Victorianism (“Mapping Dickens”)
ENG 764: Victorianism (“Whodunit: Victorian Detective Fiction”)

Study Abroad—British Studies Program in London, England
ENG 498/598: British Studies (“The London Underground: The Victorian Gothic”)

  • Narrative Bonds: Multiple Narrators in the Victorian Novel, 2021
  • "Man and Machinery Blended in One": Dexter’s Wheelchair and the Victorian Railway in Wilkie Collins’s The Law and the Lady, Nineteenth-Century Contexts, 2021,
  • Madeira and Jane Eyre's Colonial Inheritance , Victorian Literature and Culture, 2017, 10.1017/S1060150316000632
  • "Mind to Mind": The Gothic Loss of Privacy in the Twilight Saga and Chaos Walking, New Directions in Children’s Gothic: Debatable Lands, 2017
  • Accepting Adèle in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, Dickens Studies Annual, 2016
  • “Wheel Me Over There!”: Disability and Colin’s Wheelchair in The Secret Garden, Children's Literature Association Quarterly, 2016, 10.1353/chq.2016.0032
  • The Child's Resistance to Adulthood in Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island: Refusing to Parrot, English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920, 2015
  • Mischief, Gender, and Empire: Raising Imperial Bachelors and Spinsters in Catherine Sinclair's Holiday House, Children's Literature Association Quarterly, 2011, 10.1353/chq.2011.0004
  • North American Victorian Studies Association
  • Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies
  • The International Society for the Study of Narrative
  • Children's Literature Association

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Areas of Expertise

Victorian literature, children's and young adult literature, narrative theory, gothic theory, disability studies