Associate Professor of English; Coordinator of First-Year English

Research & Scholarship

Education

B.A.(Hons.) in Classical Greek (University of Victoria); M.A. in Classics (University of Victoria); M.C.S. in New Testament Studies (Regent College); M.A. in English (Boston University); Ph.D. in English (Boston University).

Awards & Honors

  • deputy book reviews editor for the journal Brontë Studies
  • recipient of a SSHRC institutional grant (2014)
  • recipient of a SSHRC institutional grant (2010)
  • recipient of a SSHRC doctoral grant (2005-2006)
  • editorial assistant on the New Testament Language Project (Cambridge, MA) from 1999-2005

Recent Publications

Book

(with co-author Christine Alexander) Celebrating Charlotte Brontë: Transforming Life into Literature in Jane Eyre. Brontë Society, 2016.

Articles

“‘God Save It! God Also Reform It!’: The Condition of England’s Church in Charlotte Brontë’s Shirley.” Brontë Studies 40.4 (Nov. 2015): 290-96.

“Allusive Pursuits: The Song of Songs in Wordsworth’s ‘Tintern Abbey.’” Studies in Romanticism 53 (2014): 195-216.

Ogden, James and Sara L. Pearson, “A Brontë Reading List: Part 6.” Brontë Studies 39.1 (Jan. 2014): 71-80.

"'The Coming Man':Revelations of Male Character in Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre." Brontë Studies 37.4 (Nov. 2012): 299-305.

"Charlotte Brontë's Poetics: A Case Study of "Pilate's Wife's Dream'." Brontë Studies 37.3 (Sept. 2012): 193-206.

Ogden, James and Sara L. Pearson, "A Brontë Reading List: Part 5." Brontë Studies 37.3 (Sept. 2012): 249-57.

Book Chapter

“Constructing Masculine Narrative: Charlotte Brontë’s The Professor.” Women Constructing Men: Female Novelists and Their Male Characters, 1750-2000. Ed. Sarah S.G. Frantz and Katharina Rennhak. 83-99.

Book Reviews

Review of Henry Staten, Spirit Becomes Matter: The Brontës, George Eliot, Nietzsche (Edinburgh: U of Edinburgh P, 2014) in Brontë Studies 40.4 (Nov. 2015): 350-52.

Review of Emily Walker Heady, Victorian Conversion Narratives and Reading Communities (Farnham, England: Ashgate, 2013) in Brontë Studies 40.1 (Jan. 2015): 77-79.

Review of Marianne Thormählen, ed. The Brontës in Context (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) in Brontë Studies 39.1 (Jan. 2014): 86-87.

Review of Ian Ward, Law and the Brontës (Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) in Brontë Studies 38.3 (September 2013): 252-54.

Review of Eithne Henson, Landscape and Gender in the Novels of Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, and Thomas Hardy: The Body of Nature (Farnham, England: Ashgate, 2011) in Brontë Studies 38.2 (April 2013): 176-77.

Review of Lesa Scholl, Translation, Authorship and the Victorian Professional Woman: Charlotte Brontë, Harriet Martineau and George Eliot (Farnham, England: Ashgate, 2011) in Brontë Studies 38.2 (April 2013): 177-79.

Review of Keith A. Jenkins, Charlotte Brontë's Atypical Typology (New York: Peter Lang, 2010) in Brontë Studies 38.1 (2013): 88-90.

Review of Rebecca Styler, Literary Theology by Women Writers of the Nineteenth Century. (Farnham, England: Ashgate, 2010) in Brontë Studies 36.4 (2011): 394-97.

Review of Judy Giles, "Jane Eyre," "Shirley" and "Vilette." The Literary Encyclopedia (www.litencyc.com) Subscription website; published 5 Nov. 2001-13 August 2004, in Brontë Studies 36.4 (2011): 390-91.

Review of Joanne Wilkes, Women Reviewing Women in Nineteenth-Century Britain: The Critical Reception of Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë and George Eliot. (Farnham, England: Ashgate, 2010) in Brontë Studies 36.2 (2011): 203-204.

Review of Monika Class and Terry F. Robinson, Transnational England: Home and Abroad, 1780-1860 (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2009) in Brontë Studies 36.2 (2011): 197-199.

Review of Monica Flegel, Conceptualizing Cruelty to Children in Nineteenth-Century England: Literature, Representation, and the NSPCC (Farnham, England: Ashgate, 2009) in Brontë Studies 35.3 (2010): 297-298 

Review of Judy Giles, ‘Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855)’. The Literary Encyclopedia (www.litencyc.com). Subscription website; published 17 July 2001 in Brontë Studies 35.2 (2010): 176-177.

Review of Sandra Hagan and Juliette Wells, The Brontës in the World of the Arts (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008) in Brontë Studies 34.3 (2009): 269-271.

Review of Shanyn Fiske, Heretical Hellenism: Women Writers, Ancient Greece, and the Victorian Popular Imagination (Athens: Ohio UP, 2008) in Brontë Studies 34.3 (2009): 273-275.

Review of Richard Cronin, Alison Chapman, and Antony H. Harrison, eds., A Companion to Victorian Poetry (Oxford: Blackwell, 2007) in Brontë Studies 34.3 (2009): 276-277.

Review of Beth Torgerson, Reading the Brontë Body: Disease, Desire and the Constraints of Culture (Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005) in Brontë Studies 31.2 (July 2006): 172-174.

Conference Presentations

August 30, 2014

“‘God Save It! God also Reform It!’: The Condition of England’s Church in Charlotte Brontë’s Novels,” paper presented at the Brontë Society conference The Brontës and the Condition of England, University of Warwick, England.

September 14, 2012

"Re-Writing Jane Eyre: Literary Transformations in David Copperfield," paper presented at the 17th Annual Dickens Society Symposium, University of Kent, Canterbury, England.

August 27, 2011

"The Coming Man': Revelations of Male Character in Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre," paper presented at the conference The Brontës and the Bible: Influences both Literary and Religious, Homerton College, Cambridge, England.

May 10, 2007

“Laughter and the Sacred: Eschatological Echoes in Chaucer’s The Miller’s Tale,” paper presented at the conference Suffering, the Sacred, and the Sublime, Trinity Western University, Langley, BC.

April 7, 2004

“Structuring Authority in Charlotte Brontë’s Shirley,” paper presented at the conference The Brontës and Their World, Pace University, White Plains, New York.

October 19, 2001

“The Homecoming Hero: Family and Structure in The Odyssey,” paper presented at the 13th Annual Tufts University English Graduate Conference, Medford, Massachusetts.

Expertise

Nineteenth-century British literature, the Brontës, the genre of the novel, and Classical and Biblical backgrounds of English literature