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 and literary theory. She is the co-editor (with Lara Karpenko) of Strange Science: Investigating the Limits of Knowledge in the Victorian Age (University of Michigan Press, 2017), a collection that explores unconventional forms of scientific inquiry and its cultural representation in Britain during the Victorian period. She is currently at work on a book titled “Equal Natures: The Science of Character in Victorian Women’s Writing,” which explores how notable women authors, including Harriet Martineau, Anne Brontë, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, and George Eliot, addressed the implications of the popular nineteenth-century science of phrenology. Her essays have been published in such journals as SEL, Victorian Literature and Culture, Prose Studies, and the Journal of Narrative Theory.


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 ScienceStrange Science: Investigating the Limits of Knowledge in the Victorian Age (Co-edited with Lara Karpenko), Michigan University Press, 2017.

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

Articles and Essays:

"The Animal in the Machine: Punishment and Pleasure in Victorian Magic Lantern Shows." Nineteenth-Century Contexts 40.1 (2018).  Forthcoming.

"Fiction over Fact: Narrative Ethics in Edward Bulwer-Lytton's Eugene Aram."  Journal of Narrative Theory 46.2 (2016):171-95 .   

“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):53-73.

“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:

Treasurer, Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies (INCS), 2017-2019

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

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