Benjamin Daniel O'Dell

Graduate Student


Benjamin O'Dell is a PhD Candidate at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  He is currently working on his dissertation, "Victorian Literature and Historical Time:  Genre and Historicity after Walter Scott." The project explores the nineteenth-century genres and forms that emerged to supplant the classic historical novel as the approaches best suited to capture an impression of historical change.  

Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • Victorian literature


  • M.A. Miami University
  • B.A. University of Pittsburgh


  • ENGL 210: Modern British Literature, 1800-Present
  • ENGL 200: Introduction to Literary Study
  • ENGL 116: Introduction to American Literature
  • RHET 105: Writing and Research
  • RHET 233: Advanced Rhetoric and Composition
  • ENGL 245: The Short Story


Book Contributions

  • O'Dell, Benjamin D. "The Function of Filth: Waste Imagery and Cultural Identity in Between the Acts." Virginia Woolf: Art, Education, and Internationalism; Selected Papers from the Seventeenth Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf. Ed. Madelyn Detloff and Diana Royer . Clemson, SC: Clemson University Digital Press, 2008. 46-50. 16 Oct. 2014. <>.

Journal Articles

  • "Beyond Bengal: Gender, Education, and the Writing of Colonial Indian History." Victorian Literature and Culture 42.3 (2014): 535-551.
  • "Character Crisis: Hegemonic Negotiations in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." Victorian Literature and Culture 40.2 (2012): 509-521.
  • "Performing the Imperial Abject: The Ethics of Cocaine in Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Sign of Four." The Journal of Popular Culture 45.5 (2012): 999-1019.

Website Articles


  • Rev. of Goodbye Cinema, Hello Cinephelia: Film Culture in Transition, by Jonathan Rosenbaum. Quarterly Review of Film and Video 30.2 (2013): 203-207.
  • Rev. of Gilbert and Sullivan: Gender, Genre, Parody, by Carolyn Williams. English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920 55.3 (2012): 525-529.
  • Rev. of Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy, ed. Richard Brian Davis. The Journal of Popular Culture 43.3 (2010): 904-906.
  • Rev. of Philanthropy in British and American Fiction: Dickens, Hawthorne, Eliot, and Howells, by Frank Christianson. Victorian Studies 52.2 (2010): 288-291.

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