Molly Youngkin

Professor of English

  • Los Angeles CA UNITED STATES

Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts



Molly Youngkin specializes in nineteenth-century British literature and teaches courses in Romantic and Victorian literature, as well as gender studies and narrative theory. Her first book, Feminist Realism at the Fin de Siècle: The Influence of the Late-Victorian Woman's Press on the Development of the Novel (Ohio State UP, 2007), examines the influence of feminist ideals in the debate over realism in the work of men and women authors writing in the 1890s. She also has published an annotated edition of Sarah Grand’s 1888 novel Ideala (Valancourt Books, 2008), which was one of the earliest New Woman novels and helped lay the foundation for the intellectually independent woman of the 1890s. Her latest book, British Women Writers and the Reception of Ancient Egypt, 1840-1910: Imperialist Representations of Egyptian Women (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), focuses on British women writers’ knowledge of ancient Egypt and how this knowledge influenced their writings about women’s emancipation.


Ohio State University


Nineteenth-Century British Literature

Wright State University


English Literature

University of Dayton



Areas of Expertise

Nineteenth-Century British Literature
Romantic and Victorian Literature
Gender Studies and Narrative Theory


Curran Fellowship

Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, 2016

BCLA Summer Research Grant

Loyola Marymount University, 2016

BCLA Summer Research Grant

Loyola Marymount University, 2013

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  • Research Society for Victorian Periodicals
  • Victorian Interdisciplinary Association of the Western United States


ENGL 2200

Genres: Drama

ENGL 2202

Genres: Fiction

ENGL 2204

History of British Literature II

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“'[T]he culminating flower of cat-worship in Egypt': 19th-Century Stage Cleopatras and Victorian Views of Ancient Egypt”

Victorian Literary Culture and Ancient Egypt

edited by Eleanor Dobson, Manchester UP, 2020, pp. 114-38.

“New Woman Writing"

The Routledge Companion to Victorian Literature

edited by Dennis Denisoff and Talia Schaffer, Routledge, 2019, pp. 296-306.

“‘Strange Books’ from a ‘Weird Imagination’: H. Rider Haggard’s Romances, Sublime Egyptian Women, and H. P. Lovecraft’s ‘Weird Tales'”

Studies in Walter Pater and Aestheticism

no. 4, Summer 2019, pp. 45-65.

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