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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

  • Zadie Smith
  • Joyce and Woolf
  • Oscar Wilde
  • The Brontës
  • Women and Empire
  • Victorian Poetry and Prose                                                                                                  
  • Literary Criticism         
  • Rise of the Novel
  • Detective Fiction   
  • British Literature II
  • Special Topics: Mad Science & Lit    
  • Intro to Literary Studies


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 recently completed a book manuscript, Political Dialects: Science, Language, and Reform in Victorian Poetry, which examines the link between language-controversies and the rise of radical politics in Victorian Britain, and she is beginning a new project on Anglophone poetry and scientific culture in nineteenth-century India. Her first novel is forthcoming in 2018 from Lanternfish Press.

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

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

Selected Publications

  • "Deep Time and Epic Time in Alfred Tennyson's In Memoriam (1850), Matthew Arnold’s Empedocles on Etna (1852), and Mathilde Blind's The Ascent of Man (1884).” Forthcoming, Nineteenth Century Contexts, 40.2 (May 2018)
  • "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

  • “To “recover…by force or cunning”: Violence and Ecology in H.G. Wells’s The Time Machine (1895).” Victorians Institute Conference, Greenville, South Carolina, Oct. 2017
  • “Handling ‘Hot Moments’ in the Discussion-Centered Classroom.” Point Park Faculty Summer Academy, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, August 2017
  • “Women’s Bodies and the Anthropocene Apocalypse in M.P. Shiel’s The Purple Cloud (1901).” Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 2017
  • “‘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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