Deanna Kreisel received her PhD in English from Northwestern University and was graduated magna cum laude with a BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania.
She has been teaching in the English department at the University of British Columbia since 2006; before coming to UBC she taught in universities and colleges in North Carolina, Mississippi, and New Hampshire.
Her first book, Economic Woman: Political Economy and Gender in George Eliot and Thomas Hardy, was published by University of Toronto Press in January 2012; it explores the relationship among the economic demand function, collective fears of capitalist stagnation, and images of feminized sexuality in the novels of George Eliot and Thomas Hardy. She also has published articles on George Eliot’s Adam Bede; on Rudyard Kipling and boredom; on Henry James and Wes Anderson’s Rushmore; and on Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy, and Dracula.
She is currently at work on a new book project on configurations of interiority in the late Victorian and early Modernist periods, with a focus on architecture, psychology, and aesthetic theory.
As evidence of her deep commitment to all things Victorian, she notes that she has named her cats Alice and Harriet, without realizing at the time that they are both characters in Charles Dickens’s Dombey and Son.