Professor Maggie Berg

Professor Maggie Berg

DPhil Oxford

Contact Information

Office: Watson 431
Office Hours: Thurs. 1:30–2:30 pm, Fri. 11:30 am–12:30 pm
Extension: 74418

Research Interests

Victorian literature, the Brontës, literary theory, gender and sexuality, pedagogy and academia.

Recent Publications

  • “The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy,” Transformational Dialogues (forthcoming April 2013).
  • “ ‘Let me have its bowels then’: Violence, Sacrificial Structure and Anne Brontë’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall,” LIT: Literature, Interpretation, Theory (Jan–March 2010).
  • “ ‘Hapless Dependents’: Women and Animals in Anne Brontë’s Agnes Grey,” Studies in the Novel (2002).


Author of Jane Eyre: Portrait of a Life (G. K. Hall, 1987), and Wuthering Heights: The Writing in the Margin (G. K. Hall, 1996). Has published articles on the Pre-Raphaelites, John Ruskin and Dante Gabriel Rossetti; and on Luce Irigaray: “Escaping the Cave: Luce Irigaray and Her Feminist Critics,” Essays in Language and Ethics, ed. Gary Wihl (1988), and “Luce Irigaray and the ‘Contradictions’ of Poststructuralism and Feminism,” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 17.1 (1991): 80-91. Currently working on a book tentatively entitled Animals and Animality in the Brontë Novels. Also at work on another book, in collaboration with Barbara Seeber of Brock University, entitled The Slow Professor.

Winner of the Chancellor A. Charles Baillie Award for Teaching Excellence in 2005, and twice winner of the W. J. Barnes (ASUS) Award for Excellence in Teaching, most recently 2000. Also short-listed for the Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1998, 2000. Queen's University Chair of Teaching and Learning, 2010–2013.