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Professor Mark Knight

Professor in Literature, Religion and Victorian Studies

County College



Tel: +44 1524 592648

PhD supervision

I welcome proposals on: Victorian literature and religion/theology; other aspects of Victorian literature (including the novel, sensation fiction, ghost stories, periodicals, Dickens, Collins, Meynell, and Wilde); the broader relationship between literature and religion since 1800; and the work of G. K. Chesterton.


Mark Knight joined the Department in January 2016, having taught previously at the University of Toronto and Roehampton University. He has taught widely in the area of British literature post-1800, and specialises in Victorian Literature and Religion.

His books include Chesterton and Evil (Fordham University Press, 2004), Nineteenth-Century Religion and Literature (co-authored with Emma Mason, Oxford University Press, 2006), An Introduction to Religion and Literature (Continuum, 2009), and Good Words: Evangelicalism and the Victorian Novel (The Ohio State University Press, 2019). He has co-edited collections on religion and literature for Ashgate (2006) and Continuum (2009), and is the co-editor of Literature and the Bible: A Reader (Routledge, 2013). More recently, Mark edited The Routledge Companion to Literature and Religion (2016), a major work with new essays by 40 leading international scholars from departments of literature, religion and theology.

Mark's most recent monograph, Good Words: Evangelicalism and the Victorian Novel, argues for the importance of evangelicalism on the development of the Victorian novel, and includes chapters on Thackeray's Vanity Fair, Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities, Collins's The Moonstone, the periodical Good Words (and the fiction of Ellen Wood and George MacDonald), and Samuel Butler's The Way of All Flesh.

In addition to the projects described above, Mark has published on Victorian ghost stories, nineteenth-century periodicals, nineteenth-century religion, sensation fiction, Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Oscar Wilde, Marie Corelli, and the hermeneutics of Hans-Georg Gadamer. New projects include a book on Oscar Wilde's religion, and a special issue of the journal MLQ ("Talking About Religion in Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Literary Studies," coedited with Charles LaPorte).

Mark is general editor of the Oxford University Press journal Literature and Theology, and with Emma Mason he coedits the Bloomsbury book series New Directions in Religion and Literature. With Lori Branch he codirected the National Endowment for the Humanities 2016 Summer Seminar on Postsecular Studies and the Rise of the English Novel, and the 2019 NEH Summer Seminar on Religion, Secularism and the Novel. Mark also co-leads the North American Victorian Studies Association Religion and Spiritualities caucus.

Mark has supervised and examined PhD students in Britain, Canada, the USA, and the Netherlands, and he would be delighted to hear from anyone with broadly related research interests who is interested in coming to do their PhD at Lancaster.

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