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Gordon Bigelow

Professor of English

Gordon Bigelow teaches courses on nineteenth-century English literature and on the literature and culture of modern Ireland. He joined the department of English at Rhodes in 1998, after earning a Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His first book focused on connections between literature and economic thought in the nineteenth century  He is currently at work on a book dealing with the Irish fiction of Anthony Trollope and the history of the modern novel.

Professor Bigelow′s Books 

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Approaches to Teaching Dickens′s Bleak House, ed. John O. Jordan and Gordon Bigelow
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Fiction, Famine, and the Rise of Economics in Victorian Britain and Ireland


Articles/Book Chapters

“Irish Questions:  Trollope’s Irish Novels.”  Routledge Research Companion to Anthony Trollope, ed. Deborah Morse, Margaret Markwick, and Mark Turner.  Routledge, 2017.
“Form and Violence in The Macdermots of Ballycloran.”  NOVEL:  A Forum on Fiction 46.3 (Fall 2013).
“The Cost of Everything in Middlemarch.”  Economic Women:  Essays on Desire and Dispossession in Nineteenth-Century British Culture, ed. Lana L. Dalley and Jill Rappoport. Ohio State University Press, 2013.
"Trollope and Ireland." The Cambridge Companion to Anthony Trollope. Eds. Carolyn Dever and Lisa Niles. Cambridge University Press, 2010. Cambridge Collections Online
“Dracula and Economic History.” Clio: A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History38.1 (Fall 2008).
“Inside Out:  Value and Display in Thomas De Quincey and Isaac Butt.”  Victorian Literature and Capital.  Oxford University Press, 2007.

“Let There Be Markets: The Evangelical Roots of Economics.” Harper′s Magazine (May 2005).
“Revolution and Modernity: Assia Djebar′s Les Enfants du nouveau monde.” Research in African Literatures 34.2 (Summer 2003).
"Market Indicators: Banking and Domesticity in Dickens′s Bleak House. " ELH 67 (Summer 2000).



1998, Ph.D., Literature, University of California, Santa Cruz
1991, M.A., English, University of New Hampshire
1985, A.B., Comparative Literature, Brown University