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Maia McAleavey

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Assistant Professor

B.A., Stanford University
Ph.D., Harvard University

Stokes Hall S409
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Phone: 617-552-3728
Fax: 617-552-4220

Academic Profile

Specializes in the Victorian novel, nineteenth-century British literature and culture, narrative analysis, gender theory, and generic distinctions and conventions.  She is completing a book on the surprising prevalence of bigamy in the Victorian novel, from sensational plots to “simultaneous” remarriages in novels like Jane Eyre, David Copperfield, and Middlemarch.


  • The Bigamy Plot: Sensation and Convention in the Victorian Novel (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press)
  • “The Plot of Bigamous Return,” Representations 123 (Summer 2013): 87-116.   
  • “Inconvenient Husbands and Superfluous Wives.” “Special Issue: Extended Families.” Kelly Hager and Talia Schaffer, eds. Victorian Review. (Fall 2013) (forthcoming)
  • “Soul-mates: David Copperfield’s Angelic Bigamy,” Victorian Studies 52.2 (Winter 2010): 191-218.
  • “The Discipline of Tears in The Old Curiosity Shop,” Dickens Studies Annual 42 (2011)