Mary Jean Corbett

Mary Jean Corbett

University Distinguished Professor of English
Affiliate of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Affiliate of Global and Intercultural Studies

366 Bachelor Hall
Oxford Campus


  • PhD, English, Stanford University, 1989
  • BA, English, Smith College, 1984

Teaching Interests

  • Nineteenth and twentieth century anglophone fiction
  • Victorian literature
  • Women’s writing
  • First-year composition

Research Interests

  • Nineteenth-century English and Irish writing
  • Feminist and postcolonial theory
  • Women’s writing

Selected Publications


  • Behind the Times: Virginia Woolf in Late-Victorian Contexts. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2020.
  • Family Likeness: Sex, Marriage, and Incest from Jane Austen to Virginia Woolf. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2008. Paperback, 2010.
  • Allegories of Union in Irish and English Writing, 1790-1870: Politics, History and the Family from Edgeworth to Arnold. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000.
  • Representing Femininity: Middle-Class Subjectivity in Victorian and Edwardian Women’s Autobiographies. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.


  • "Real Figures." Afterword. Replotting Marriage in Nineteenth-Century British Literature, edited by Jill Galvan and Elsie Michie, Ohio State UP, 2018, pp. 229-37.
  • 'The Great War and Patriotism: Vernon Lee, Virginia Woolf, and ‘Intolerable Unanimity.'" Virginia Woolf Miscellany, no. 91, Spring 2017, pp. 20-22.
  • "Behind the Times? Virginia Woolf and 'the Third Generation.'" Twentieth-Century Literature 60 (2014): 27-58.
  • "No Second Friend? Perpetual Maidenhood and Second Marriage in In Memoriam." ELH 81 (2014): 299-323.
  • "Cousin Marriage, Then and Now."  Invited essay for Extending Families.  Spec. issue of Victorian Review 39:2 (2013): 74-78.
  • "Two Identities: Gender, Ethnicity, and Phineas Finn." The Politics of Gender in Trollope: New Readings for the Twenty-First Century. Ed. Regenia Gagnier, Deborah Denenholz Morse, and Margaret Markwick. Aldershot: Ashgate Press, 2009. 117-29.
  • "Orphan Stories and Maternal Legacies in Charlotte Brontë." Other Mothers. Ed. Ellen Rosenman and Claudia Klaver. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2008. 227-47.
  • "‘The Crossing o’ Breeds’ in The Mill on the Floss." Victorian Animal Dreams. Ed. Deborah Denenholz Morse and Martin Danahay. Aldershot: Ashgate Press, 2007. 121-43.
  • "Husband, Wife, and Sister: Making and Remaking the Early Victorian Family."Victorian Literature and Culture 35 (2007): 1-19.
  • "Postcolonial Theory and the Case of Castle Rackrent." Rpt. In Two Irish National Tales: Castle Rackrent, Maria Edgeworth, and The Wild Irish Girl, Sydney Owenson. New Riverside Editions. Ed. James M. Smith. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Co., 2005. 391-407.
  • "Performing Identities: Actresses and Authobiography." The Cambridge Companion to Victorian and Edwardian Drama. Ed. J. Kerry Powell. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003. 109-126.
  • "Between History and Fiction: Plotting Rebellion in Maria Edgeworth’s Ennui." Nineteenth-Century Literature 57 (December 2002): 297-322.
  • "Reading Mary Shelley’s Journals: Romantic Subjectivity and Feminist Criticism." InThe Other Mary Shelley. Ed. Anne K. Mellor et. al. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993. 73-88.

Web Publications

Grants and Awards

  • American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship, 2014-2015.
  • Distinguished Scholar Award, Miami University, 2014-2015.