Shalyn Claggett,
Associate Professor

2502 Lee Hall
Department of English
PO Box E 
Mississippi State, MS 39762

Dr. Shalyn Claggett

Professional Bio

Shalyn Claggett teaches courses on nineteenth-century British literature, science and literature, and literary theory. She is currently at work on two book projects.  The first, a monograph titled The Science of Character in Victorian Women’s Writing, addresses how notable women authors, including Harriet Martineau, Anne Brontë, and George Eliot, addressed the implications of the popular nineteenth-century science of phrenology. The second is the volume Strange Science: Investigating the Limits of Knowledge in the Victorian Age (co-edited with Lara Karpenko), which explores unconventional forms of scientific inquiry and its cultural representation in Britain during the Victorian period. Her essays have been published in such journals as SEL, Victorian Literature and Culture, Prose Studies, and Victorians Institute Journal.


Ph.D.  2005  Vanderbilt University
M.A.  2001  Vanderbilt University
B.A.  2000  Truman State University

Teaching Interests:

Nineteenth-century British literature, literary theory, science and literature

Recent Courses:




Strange Science: Investigating the Limits of Knowledge in the Victorian Age (Co-edited with Lara Karpenko), Michigan University Press, 2016. (Forthcoming).

Equal Natures: The Science of Character in Victorian Women's Writing (In Progress).


"Fiction over Fact: Narrative Ethics in Edward Bulwer-Lytton's _Eugene Aram_."  Journal of Narrative Theory 46.2 (2016).  Forthcoming. 

“The Human Problem.” Narrative Theory Unbound: Queer and Feminist Interventions. Ed. Robyn Warhol and Susan S. Lanser. Columbus: The Ohio State UP, 2015. 353-60.

“Turning the Corner of Interpretation: A Response to Elena Anastasaki.”  Connotations: A Journal of Critical Debate. 21.1 (2012): 72-85.

“George Eliot’s Interrogation of Physiological Future Knowledge.” Studies in English Literature 51:4 (2011): 849-64.

“Victorian Pros and Poetry: Science as Literature in William Acton’s Prostitution.”  Prose Studies 33.1 (2011): 19-43.

"Putting Character First: The Narrative Construction of Innate Identity in Phrenological Texts." Victorians Institute Journal 39 (2011): 103-26.

“Harriet Martineau’s Material Rebirth.” Victorian Literature and Culture 38:1 (2010).

“Narcissism and the Conditions of Self-Knowledge in ‘The Jolly Corner.’” The Henry James Review 26.2 (2005): 189-200.

Professional Honors and Awards:

Professional Service:

Board Member, Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-century Studies (INCS), 2014-2016.

Conference committees: North American Victorian Studies Association Conference (2011), International Society for the Study of Narrative Conference (2012, 2015).

Referee for Genre, Pickering and Chatto, Journal of Narrative Theory, Victorians Institute Journal, PMLA.