Ivan Kreilkamp

Ivan Kreilkamp


Professor, English

Director of Graduate Studies, English


  • Ph.D., Brown University, 1999
  • M.A., Brown University, 1994
  • B.A., Yale University, 1991

Journal Articles and Other Publications

Selected Articles, Reviews, and Criticism

For more recent publications, see Ivan Kreilkamp’s personal site.

“Sylvia Townsend Warner’s Lolly Willowes.” In B-Side Books: Essays on Forgotten Favorites, ed. John Plotz, Columbia University Press, 2021.

Letter of Recommendation: How Caring for Backyard Chickens Stretched My Emotional Muscles.” The New York Times Magazine, November 25, 2020.

“‘Going Off’ in Fat Victorian Novels.” Journal of Victorian Culture Online, September 17, 2020.

“Petted Things: Wuthering Heights and the Animal,” reprinted in Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights, Norton Critical edition, ed Alexandra Lewis, 5th edition (October 2018)

“Clever Man Outs Female Author: a Drama in 3 Acts.” Public Books, October 11, 2016.

The Female Bachelor,” The Point, June 23, 2016.

Prince’s Erotic Democracy.” Public Books, April 25, 2016.
“The 1850s” in A Companion to the English Novel. (Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture), Eds Stephen Arata, Madigan Haley, J. Paul Hunter, and Jennifer Wicke, 2015, pp. 34-48.

The Female Body of Punk” Public Books, December 15, 2015.

Against Against [X].” The New Yorker, August 27, 2014.

Maximal Anxiety.” Los Angeles Review of Books, June 27, 2014.

Without Parents or Pedigree: Neo-Victorian Adaptation as Disavowal or Critique.” Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net (63). April 2014.

A Rage That Had No End: the Novels of Elena Ferrante.” Los Angeles Review of Books, August 27, 2013.

Churches of Vinyl: Archive and Authenticity in the Pop Music Novel.” Public Books. December, 2012.

The Ass Got a Verdict: Martin’s Act and the Founding of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 1822.” BRANCH: Britain, Representation and Nineteenth-Century History. Extension of Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net. Web. 2012.

Pitying the Sheep in Far From the Madding Crowd.” Novel: a Forum on Fiction, 42 1/2,Fall 2009. “Theories of the Novel Now” special issue.

“‘One More Picture:’ Robert Browning’s Optical Unconscious.” ELH 73 (2), Summer 2006.

Selected Honors and Awards:

  • Trustees Teaching Award, IU Department of English, 2013
  • Midwest Victorian Studies Association First Book Award, for a book published in 2005 or 2006, for Voice and the Victorian Storyteller, 2008
  • Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, I.U., 2005-6
  • Harrington Faculty Fellow, University of Texas, Austin, 2005-6
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Fellowship, 2003
  • Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts, University of Chicago, 1999-2001

Additional Information:

  • Co-editor of Victorian Studies, 2002-present
  • Executive Board member, ex officio, North American Victorian Studies Association, 2002-present [on and off]

In an earlier life, more or less 1989-2003, before, during, and after my PhD, I worked as a freelance arts journalist, publishing on pop music, books, and other topics in The Village Voice, Spin, Lingua Franca, Boston Phoenix, Too Fun Too Huge, San Francisco Bay Guardian, Minneapolis City Pages, Rolling Stone, Boston Review, The Nation, Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, and some other places. Long live/ RIP arts weeklies.