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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Maia McAleavey

english department

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Associate Professor

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

Stokes Hall S409
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Mass. 02467

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

Academic Profile
Specializes in nineteenth-century British literature and culture, the history of the novel, narrative analysis, and genre theory.

Current Book Project
“Eventful Plotlessness and the Boredom of Realism”


  • The Bigamy Plot: Sensation and Convention in the Victorian Novel (Cambridge University Press, 2015)
  • “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. 32.2 (Fall 2013): 30-33.
  • “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)