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Curriculum Vitae

Rosemary Jann
Professor Emeritus of English

George Mason University
Fairfax, VA 22030



Ph.D., English, Northwestern University
M.A., English, Northwestern University
B.A., English, Duke University

Teaching Positions

Department of English, George Mason University, Associate Professor, 1986-94; Professor 1995; Professor Emeritus 2013
Department of English, Rutgers University, Assistant Professor, 1979-86; Associate Professor 1985
Department of English, Ripon College, Assistant Professor, 1975-79


The Art and Science of Victorian History (Ohio University Press, 1985).

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: Detecting Social Order (Twayne, 1995).


Abbott, Edwin Abbott. Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions. Oxford World Classics. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2006.

Selected Articles and Essays

"Discourses of Merit in Galton's Eugenics," forthcoming in Victorians Institute Journal.

"Fabian Socialism and the Rhetoric of Gentility," Victorian Literature and Culture 41.4 (Dec. 2013): 727-42.

"Domesticity and Discipline in Gissing's Short Fiction." George Gissing and the Woman Question: Convention and Dissent. Eds. Christine Huguet and Simon J. James. Farnham, England: Ashgate, 2013. 85-99.

Culture, Breeding, and Vulgarity: George Gissing and the Lower Middle Class. Victorian Vulgarity: Taste in Visual and Verbal Culture. Eds. Susan Bernstein and Elsie Michie. Farnham, England: Ashgate, 2009. 85-100.

"Selecting Heroines: Gissing and Sexual Science." Victorian Newsletter 98 (Fall 2000): 1-5.

"Hardy's Rustics and the Construction of Class." Victorian Literature and Culture 28.2 (Fall 2000): 411-25.

"Eliza Burt Gamble: Revising the Descent of Woman," in Natural Eloquence: Women Reinscribe Science, ed. Barbara Gates and Ann Shteir (University of Wisconsin Press, 1997), 147-63.

"Darwin and the Anthropologists: Sexual Selection and Its Discontents," in Sexualities in Victorian Britain, ed. Andrew H. Miller and James Eli Adams (Indiana University Press, 1996), 79-95; rpt. from Victorian Studies 37.2 (Winter 1994): 287-306.

"Animal Analogies and the Construction of Class," Nineteenth-Century Studies 8 (1994): 89-103.

"Evolutionary Physiognomy and Darwin's Expression of the Emotions," Victorian Review 18.2 (Winter 1992): 1-27.

"Sherlock Holmes Codes the Social Body," ELH 57(1990): 685-87.

"Saved by Science?: the Mixed Messages of Stoker's Dracula," Texas Studies in Literature and Language 31 (1989): 273-87.

"Abbott's Flatland: Scientific Imagination and 'Natural Christianity,'" 289-306 in Energy and Entropy: Science and Culture in Victorian Britain, ed. Patrick Brantlinger (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1988); rpt. from Victorian Studies 28 (Spring 1985): 473-90.