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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Rosemarie Bodenheimer

english department

Rosemarie Bodenheimer

Professor Emerita

A.B., Radcliffe College
Ph.D., Boston College

Stokes Hall S487
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Phone: 617-552-3703
Fax: 617-552-4220

Academic Profile

Specializes in Victorian and Modern Novel, Victorian Studies, and autobiographical narrative.


  • “Dickens Personal, Problematic, Performative.” Forthcoming in The Oxford Handbook to Charles Dickens, ed. Robert Patten, Catherine Waters and John Jordan.
  • “George Eliot’s Last Stand: Impressions of Theophrastus Such.” Forthcoming in Victorian Literature and Culture, 2016.
  • “Dickens and the Knowing Child.” Dickens and the Imagined Child. Ed. Peter Merchant and Catherine Waters. Ashgate, 2015. 13-26.
  • “Slapstick Noir: The Secret Agent Works the Victorian Novel.”  Oxford Handbook of the Victorian Novel. Ed. Lisa Rodensky. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2013. 746-754.
  • “London in the Victorian Novel.” The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of London. Ed. Lawrence Manley. Cambridge UP, 2011. 142-159.
  • “Copperfield’s Geographies.” Dickens Studies Annual 42 (2011): 177-191. 
  • “The Nice Work of Victorian Novels in Thatcher’s England.” In Victorian Turns and Neo-Victorian Returns, ed. Penny Gay, Judith Johnston and Catherine Waters. Cambridge Scholars Press (2008), pp.  171-181.
  • “Dickens, Fascinated.” Victorian Studies 48.2 (2006): 268-276.
  • "Dickens and the Writing of a Life." In Palgrave Advances in Charles Dickens Studies, ed. John Bowen and Robert Patten (2005) 48-68.
  • “Autobiography in Fragments: The Elusive Life of Edith Simcox.” Victorian Studies 44.3 (Spring 2002): 399-422.
  • “Dickens and the Identical Man: Our Mutual Friend Doubled.” Dickens Studies Annual: Essays on Victorian Fiction 31 (2002): 159-174.
  • “A Woman of Many Names.” In A Cambridge Companion to George Eliot, ed. George Levine (Cambridge University Press, 2001), pp. 20-37. 
  • "Knowing and Telling in Dickens's Retrospects." In Knowing the Past: Victorian Literature and Culture, ed. Suzy Anger (Ithaca: Cornell UP, 2001), 215-233.
  • "Mary Ann Evans's Holy War: An Essay in Letter-Reading." Nineteenth-Century Literature 44 (December 1989): 335-363.
  • "Ambition and its Audiences: George Eliot's Performing Figures." Victorian Studies  34 (Autumn 1990): 7-33.
  • "George Eliot and the Power of Evil-Speaking." Dickens Studies Annual 20 (1991): 201-226.
  • "The Interregnum of Ownership in July's People." The Later Fiction of Nadine Gordimer, ed. Bruce King (London: Macmillan, 1992), 108-120.
  • "Jane Eyre in Search of Her Story." Papers on Language and Literature 16 (1980): 387-402. Reprinted in The Brontë's: Modern Critical Views, ed. Harold Bloom (New York: Chelsea House, 1987), 155-168.
  • "Looking at the Landscape in Jane Austen." Studies in English Literature 21 (1981): 605-623.
  • "Private Griefs and Public Acts in Mary Barton." Dickens Studies Annual 9 (1981): 195-216. Reprinted in Mary Barton, Norton Critical Edition, ed. Thomas Recchio, 2008. 
  • "The Romantic Impasse in A Passage to India." Criticism 22 (1980): 40-56.
  • "St. Mawr, A Passage to India, and the Question of Influence." D.H.Lawrence Review 13 (1980); 134-149.
  • "North and South: A Permanent State of Change." Nineteenth-Century Fiction (December 1979): 281-301. Reprinted in North and South, Norton Critical Edition, 2004.
  • "Dickens and the Art of Pastoral." Centennial Review 23 (1979): 452-467. 
  • Andrew H. Miller, The Burdens of Perfection, forthcoming in Modern Language Quarterly.
  • “George Gissing,” review essay in London Review of Books, summer 2009
  • “Secret-Keeping,” review essay on the Pickering edition of Elizabeth Gaskell’s works, London Review of Books 29.16 (16 August 2007).
  • Barbara Hardy, George Eliot: A Critic’s Biography. The George Eliot Review 38 (2007): 49-50.
  • Catherine Gallagher, The Body Economic: Life, Death, and Sensation in Political Economy and the Victorian Novel. Nineteenth-Century Literature 61.1 (2006): 103-107.
  • Caroline Levine, The Serious Pleasures of Suspense: Victorian Realism and Narrative Doubt. Modern Language Quarterly 66.3 (2005): 404-406.
  • “How We Do Victorian Novels,” review of The Cambridge Companion to the Victorian Novel, ed. Deirdre David.  Australasian Victorian Studies Journal, December 2001.
  • “The Biographer as Therapist: George Eliot and Kathryn Hughes.” REVIEW 23 (2001): 237-244.
  • The Journals of George Eliot, ed. Margaret Harris and Judith Johnston, Victorian Studies 42 (Autumn 2000): 135-137.
  • Patrick Brantlinger, The Reading Lesson. Victorian Studies 42 (Spring 2000): 548-550.
  • "Autobiography without Borders," review essay, Victorian Literature and Culture (1999), 317-325.
  • Elizabeth Ermarth, The English Novel in History 1840-1895. Modern Language Quarterly  59 (1998): 391-393.
  • The Letters of George Henry Lewes, ed. William Baker. Victorian Studies 39 (1996):566-569.
  • Dorothy Mermin, Godiva's Ride: Women of Letters in England 1830-1880.  Modern Philology  93 (1996): 393-396.
  • John Kucich, The Power of Lies: Transgression in Victorian Fiction. Victorian Studies 39 (1995): 67-69. 
  • Mary Favret, Romantic Correspondence: Women, Politics, and the Fiction of Letters.  Prose Studies 18 (1995): 110-112.
  • Anthea Trodd, Domestic Crime in the Victorian Novel. Victorian Studies 34, Autumn 1990