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Molly Youngkin - Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA, US

Molly Youngkin

Professor of English | Loyola Marymount University


Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts



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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.

Education (3)

Ohio State University: Ph.D., Nineteenth-Century British Literature

Wright State University: M.A., English Literature

University of Dayton: B.G.S., Humanities

Areas of Expertise (3)

Nineteenth-Century British Literature

Romantic and Victorian Literature

Gender Studies and Narrative Theory

Accomplishments (7)

Curran Fellowship (professional)

Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, 2016

BCLA Summer Research Grant (professional)

Loyola Marymount University, 2016

BCLA Summer Research Grant (professional)

Loyola Marymount University, 2013

BCLA Faculty Research Account (professional)

Loyola Marymount University, 2012

BCLA College Fellowship (professional)

Loyola Marymount University, Spring 2011

BCLA Summer Research Grant (professional)

Loyola Marymount University, 2009

Finalist, Colby Scholarly Book Prize (professional)

Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, 2008

Affiliations (2)

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

Courses (16)

ENGL 2200

Genres: Drama

ENGL 2202

Genres: Fiction

ENGL 2204

History of British Literature II

ENGL 2297

Special Studies in Histories: Victorians and Moderns

ENGL 3342

Images of Women in 19th-century England

ENGL 3328

Oscar Wilde

ENGL 3998/CLAR 4230/FTVS 3700

Ancient World and Film

ENGL 3998/IRST 3330

Irish Drama

ENGL 4460

Hard News to Blogs: Post-1800 Journalism

ENGL 4463

The Art of the Essay

ENGL 5532

The Nineteenth-Century English Novel

ENGL 5533

Victorian Literature

ENGL 5548/ENGL 3998/IRST 4448

Irish Women Writers

ENGL 6601

Graduate Seminar: Gender and Sexuality in the 1890s

ENGL 6603

Graduate Seminar: Oscar Wilde

FFYS 1000

First-Year Seminar: Books about Beasts: Animal Narratives, Human Readers

Articles (18)

“'[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.

“The Response of the Late Victorian Feminist Press to Same-Sex Desire Controversies”

Women, Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1830s-1900s: The Victorian Period

edited by Alexis Easley, Clare Gill, and Beth Rodgers, Edinburgh UP, 2019, pp. 542-54.

“Egyptian Mythology in Eliot’s Major Works”

George Eliot: Interdisciplinary Essays

edited by Jean Arnold and Lila Marz Harper, Palgrave Macmillan, 2019, pp. 97-115.

“Oral Testimony and Legitimate Records of Spiritualist Phenomena in William Stainton Moses’s Light”

ELT: English Literature in Transition

vol. 61, no. 3, 2018, pp. 333-51.


Oxford Bibliographies in Victorian Literature

edited by Juliet John, Oxford UP, revised 2018, originally published 2014, http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780199799558/obo-9780199799558-0139.xml

“A ‘duty’ to ‘tabulate and record’: Emma Hardinge Britten as Periodical Editor and Spiritualist Historian”

Victorian Periodicals Review

vol. 49, no. 1, 2016, pp. 49-75.

"'Narrative readings of the images she sees’: Principles of 19th-Century Narrative Painting in George Eliot’s Fiction"

George Eliot-George Henry Lewes Studies

vol. 67, no. 1, 2015, pp. 1-29.

"The Aesthetic Character of Oscar Wilde’s The Woman’s World"

Wilde Discoveries: Traditions, Histories, Archives

edited by Joseph Bristow, U of Toronto P, 2013, pp. 121-42.

"Bound by an English Eye: Artistic Observation, Race Hierarchies, and Women’s Emancipation in Florence Nightingale’s Suggestions for Thought"

Prose Studies

vol. 33, no. 2, 2011, pp. 83-101.

"After Sensation: Legacies: The New Woman Novel"

A Companion to Sensation Fiction

edited by Pamela Gilbert, Blackwell, 2011, pp. 579-90.

"‘Mrs. Schlesinger wields a facile pen’: Articulations of Spiritualist Feminism in Julia Schlesinger’s Carrier Dove"

Victorian Periodicals Review

vol. 43, no. 3, 2010, pp. 262-95.

"Selected Letters: Henrietta Stannard, Marie Corelli, and Annesley Kenealy"

Kindred Hands: Letters on Writing by Women Authors, 1860-1920

edited by Jennifer Cognard-Black and Elizabeth MacLeod Walls, U of Iowa P, 2006, pp. 147-62.

"Independent in Thought and Expression, Kindly and Tolerant in Tone’: Henrietta Stannard, Golden Gates, and Gender Controversies at the Fin de Siècle"

Victorian Periodicals Review

vol. 38, no. 3, 2005, pp. 307-26.

"'All she knew was, that she wished to live’: Late-Victorian Realism, Liberal-Feminist Ideals, and George Gissing’s In the Year of the Jubilee"

Studies in the Novel

vol. 36, no. 1, 2004, pp. 56-78.

"George Moore’s Quest for Canonization and Esther Waters as Female Helpmate"

English Literature in Transition

vol. 46, no. 2, 2003, pp. 117-39.

"‘Into the Woof, A Little Thibet Wool’: Orientalism and Representing ‘Reality’ in Walter Scott’s The Surgeon’s Daughter"

Scottish Studies Review

vol. 3, no. 1, 2002, pp. 33-57.