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Barbara Barrow, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, British Literature
Coordinator, Literature Program

Pictured is Barbara Barrow, Ph.D., assistant professor of British literature. | Photo by Jim JudkisContact information


  • Bachelor of Arts, English Literature and German, Georgia State University
  • Master of Arts, English and American Literature, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Doctor of Philosophy, English Literature, Washington University in St. Louis

Courses Taught

  • The Brontës
  • Victorian Poetry and Prose
  • Literary Criticism
  • British Literature II
  • The Rise of the Novel
  • Special Topics: Mad Science and Lit
  • World Lit, Novels: Travel, Encounter, Migration
  • Intro to Literary Studies
  • English Composition


Barbara Barrow, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of British literature and coordinator of the literature program at Point Park University. Barrow came to Point Park from Washington University in St. Louis, where she received her Ph.D. in August 2014. She is currently completing a book manuscript, Political Dialects: Science, Language, and Reform in Victorian Poetry, which examines the link between philology, or the “science of language,” and the rise of radical politics in Victorian Britain. She is beginning a second book project on gender roles in Victorian fiction of the Anthropocene. 

Curriculum vitae

Research Interests

  • Victorian literature and culture
  • Literature and science
  • Women and gender
  • Poetry and politics

Selected Publications

  • "Gender, Language, and the Politics of Disembodiment in Aurora Leigh .” Victorian Poetry, Autumn 2015.
  • "The Waterloo of Democracy against Despotism’: Internationalism and Poetic Repetition in Ernest Jones’s Periodicals," Victorian Periodicals Review, Winter 2015.
  • "Speaking the Social Body: Language-Origins and Thomas Carlyle's The French Revolution," Journal of Victorian Culture, May 2014.

Selected Presentations

  • “‘And talks to his own self, howe’er he please’: Browning’s ‘Caliban upon Setebos’ and Anti-Social Speech," North American Victorian Studies Association, Phoenix, Ariz., Nov. 2016.
  • “Deep Time and Natural History in Alfred Tennyson’s In Memoriam (1850) and Mathilde Blind’s The Ascent of Man (1889),” Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference, Asheville, N.C., March 2016.
  • "Aurora Leigh’s Anti-Sensory Poetics,” Midwest Victorian Studies Association, Iowa City, Iowa, May 2015.                

Honors and Awards

  • Baylor University Armstrong Browning Library Visiting Scholars Research Fellowship, May 2016
  • Center for the Humanities Graduate Fellowship, Spring 2014
  • Washington University Dissertation Fellowship, 2013-2014
  • Center for the Humanities Reading Group Grant, 2013-2014, 2012-2013
  • Humanities Digital Workshop Graduate Fellowship, 2012
  • Washington University Graduate Fellowship, 2009-2010

Service and Leadership

  • Coordinator, Literature program at Point Park University
  • Co-Convener, Literary Arts Undergraduate Research Symposium at Point Park University

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