Department of English


English Language and Literature

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Maggie Berg

Photographer: Bernard Clark

Maggie Berg


DPhil Oxford 

  • Victorian literature
  • the Brontës
  • literary theory
  • gender and sexuality
  • pedagogy, academia
  • CV/Bio (PDF 249 KB) 

"I am interested, in my research and teaching, in various forms of social marginalisation, and have taught courses on Victorian queerness, “fallenness” and prostitution, and animals and animality. Studying Victorian culture lets us see ourselves more clearly through and in our predecessors. I am excited to be teaching a new course on disability in Victorian literature and culture. I am finishing a book on animals and animality in the work of the Brontė sisters, which examines the various ways in which Charlotte, Emily and Anne responded to the emerging awareness in the nineteenth century of humans’ kinship with animals. I co-authored with Barbara Seeber The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy, which contests the emphasis on speed in the current university, arguing not only that teachers and their students need time to think, but also that the principles of the “Slow” movement can help us to resist the corporate values of the institution. I try to stay true to my pedagogical beliefs in my classes. Perhaps my favourite course to teach is “Introduction to Criticism and Theory,” because I love to watch students’ growing awareness that everything we say about literature has political implications, and can be directly related to our own lives and experiences."


2020-21 Courses

  • ENGL 452 001-7/3.0 Studies in Victorian Literature – Women and Animals
  • ENGL 858 Topics in Victorian Literature III: Queer Victorians

Recent Publications

The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy. Co-authored with Barbara Seeber. University of Toronto Press, 2016.

“The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy,” with Barbara Seeber. Transformative Dialogues: Teaching & Learning Journal 6. 3. 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)

Current Supervisions

Meghan Burry, Rachel Friars (about students)