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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

James Najarian

english department

James Najarian

Associate Professor

B.A., Yale University
Ph.D., Yale University

Stokes Hall S455
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Mass. 02467

Phone: 617-552-1927


Academic Profile

Director of the Ph.D. program and Editor of Religion and the Arts. Professor Najarian specializes in Romantic and Victorian Poetry and nonfiction prose. His interests include gender and sexuality in literature, poetic influence, and religion in literature. He is currently working on a study of the idea of the 'minor poet' in the nineteenth century.



  • Victorian Keats: Manliness, Sexuality, and Desire (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003).

Recent Articles

  • “How Buddhist is Western Buddhist Literature?” In The Routledge Companion to Literature and Religion, ed. Mark Knight. (London and New York: Routledge, 2016).
  • “Verse vs. the Novel.” In The Oxford Handbook to The Victorian Novel, ed. Lisa Rodensky (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2013).
  • “England: Literature and Culture.” In The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism Volume Six: The Nineteenth Century, ed. M.A.R. Habib (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013).
  • “Sexual Politics and the Performance of Gender in Romantic Poetry.” In A Companion to Romantic Poetry, ed. Charles Mahoney (New York: Blackwell, 2011).
  • “Elizabeth Gaskell's Keats: The Romantic Poet, Sexual Transgression, and the Novel.” In Romantic Echoes in the Victorian Era, ed. Mark Sandy and Andrew Radford (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008).