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Nicole Fluhr, Ph.D.


Professor of English

Victorian Literature

Office: Engleman Hall D249
Phone: 203.392.6739





Ph.D., English Language and Literature, The University of Michigan, 1999
M.A., English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1993
B.A., College of Letters, Wesleyan University, 1991

About Professor Fluhr

I teach courses in Victorian literature as well introductory and core classes for the English major, including Introduction to Literary Analysis and Literary Theories. I am particularly interested in feminist and psychoanalytic approaches to nineteenth-century literature—and the debt these theories owe to that literature. My earlier research focused on the ways Victorian literature (including novels, poems, autobiographies, political essays, anthropological monographs, and psychoanalytic case histories) imagines and represents motherhood. More recently, I have been studying the different modes of epistolary writing that manifest themselves in Victorian literature.

Recent Courses Taught

ENG 538/487 - Victorian Novel
ENG 535/427 - Victorian Poetry
ENG 455/428 - Victorian Literature
ENG 308 - Literary Theories
ENG 307 - Introduction to Literary Analysis

Selected Publications


“Swinburne: Criticism as Perversion.” Nineteenth Century Prose. Vol 46, Nos. 1&2 (Spring/Fall 2016): pp. 321-338.


“‘Telling what’s o’er’: Remaking the Sonnet Cycle in Augusta Webster’s Mother and Daughter.” Victorian Poetry 24.1 (Spring 2011): 53-81.

“Freud as New Woman Writer: Maternal Ambivalence in Studies on Hysteria.” English Literature in Transition 53.3 (July 2010): 283-307.

“The Letter and the Law, or How Caroline Norton (Re)Wrote Female Subjectivity.” Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature 28.1 (Spring 2009): 37-55.

“The Artist as Critic: Swinburne’s A Year’s Letters and Victorian Fiction.” Victorians Institute Journal 34 (2006): 39-63.

“Empathy and Identity in Vernon Lee’s Hauntings.” Victorian Studies 48 (Winter 2006): 287-294.

“‘Their calling me ‘mother’ was not, I think, altogether unmeaning’: Maternal Personae in Mary Seacole’s Wonderful Adventures.” Victorian Literature and Culture 34 (2006): 95-113.