Professor Helen Small

Tutor in English Literature, Jonathan and Julia Aisbitt Fellow in English Literature, Professor of English Literature

Teaching activities

English Literature, 1700 to present; critical theory; gender and writing; Masters option course on 'Literature and Emotion'.

Detailed Biography


Member of the Modern Languages Association of America

Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Victorian Culture

Visiting Scholar, New York University, 2001-3


College & university roles and committees

Vicegerent (including Deputy Academic Director)

Research interests

The value of the Humanities, literature and philosophy, public intellectuals, literature and history of science, history of the book.


(ed.) Wuthering Heights (Oxford Worlds Classics), forthcoming 2009

The Long Life (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007) - winner of the Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism, 2008 - and the British Academy's Rose Mary Crawshay Prize, 2008

'“What We Really Want Most out of Realism ... ”: Feminist Theory and the Return of the Real', in Matthew Beaumont (ed.), Adventures in Realism (Oxford: Blackwell, 2007), ch. 12

'Tennyson and Late Style', Tennyson Research Bulletin 8/4 (2005), 251-69

'The Bounded Life: Adorno, Dickens, and Metaphysics', Victorian Literature and Culture 32/2 (2004), 547-63

'The Debt to Society: Dickens, Fielding, and the Genealogy of Independence', in Francis O'Gorman and Katherine Turner (eds), The Victorians and the Eighteenth Century: Reassessing the Tradition (Aldershot and Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2003), 14-40

(ed., with Trudi Tate), Literature, Science, Psychoanalysis, 1830-1970: Essays in Honour of Gillian Beer (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003)

'Science, Liberalism, and the Ethics of Belief: The Contemporary Review in 1877', in Geoffrey Cantor and Sally Shuttleworth (eds), Science Serialized: Representations of the Sciences in Nineteenth-Century Periodicals (Boston: MIT Press, 2003)

'Liberal Editing in the Fortnightly Review and the Nineteenth Century', Publishing History 53 (2003), 75-96

(ed.), The Public Intellectual (Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2002)


'On Conflict', in Dinah Birch and Mark Llewellyn (eds), Conflict and Difference in Nineteenth-Century Literature [Palgrave Macmillan, 2008/9]