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Nancy Henry UTK English

Nancy Henry

Nancy Henry

Nancy Moore Goslee Professor of English

301 McClung Tower


Nancy Henry specializes in nineteenth-century British literature and culture. Her research focuses on nineteenth-century realist novels (especially the life and work of George Eliot), literature and economics (especially women and finance), and Animal Studies (especially horses in nineteenth-century literature and culture). 

Professor Henry teaches courses on the nineteenth-century British novel, major authors (George Eliot, Charles Dickens), the short story, and introduction to fiction. Graduate courses have included nineteenth-century novels, literature and finance and Victorian Studies/Animal Studies.


  • Ph.D., The University of Chicago, 1994
  • M.A., The University of Chicago, 1988
  • B.A., Stanford University, 1987



Critical Editions

  • The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot. Edited with an introduction, notes and additional material by Nancy Henry.  New Riverside Editions, Houghton Mifflin, 2004.
  • Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell.  Edited with an introduction and notes by Nancy Henry. Everyman Paperbacks, 2001.
  • Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell. Edited with an introduction and notes by Nancy Henry.  Everyman Paperbacks, 1997.
  • Impressions of Theophrastus Such by George Eliot.  Edited with an introduction and notes by Nancy Henry.  Pickering and Chatto (UK) and University of Iowa Press (paperback), 1994.

Representative Articles

  • “George Eliot’s Humans and Animals.” George Eliot Review 51 (2020): 41-54.
  • “George Eliot and Jonathan Swift.” Etudes Anglaises 73:1 (2020): 57-73. 
  • “Horseracing Fraud in Victorian Fiction.” Special Issue on Fraud and Forgery. Eds. Eleanor McCausland and Jakob Gaardbo Nielsen. Victorian Review 45:2, 2020: 235-52.
  • “‘It was all over with Wildfire’: Horse Accidents in George Eliot’s Fiction.” George Eliot: Interdisciplinary Essays. Eds. Jean Arnold and Lila Harper (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019): 197-211.  
  • “High Interest and Impaired Security: Trollope’s Women Investors.” Edinburgh Companion to Anthony Trollope. Eds. Ortwin de Graef, David Skilton and Frederik Van Dam (Edinburgh University Press, 2019): 303-316.
  • “George Eliot and Politics.” Revised version of previously published essay in the Cambridge Companion to George Eliot (2nd edition). Eds. Nancy Henry and George Levine (Cambridge UP, 2019): 155-174. 
  • “Money and Business.” The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature. Eds. Dino Feluga, Pamela K. Gilbert and Linda Hughes, 2015.
  • “2008 and All That: Economics and Victorian Literature” (Review Essay). Victorian Literature and Culture 43:1 (2015): 217-222.
  • “Charlotte Riddell: Novelist of the City” in Economic Women: Essays on Desire and Dispossession in Nineteenth-Century British Culture. Eds. Jill Rappoport and Lana Dalley. Ohio State UP, 2014: 258-270. 
  • “George Eliot and Finance” in The Blackwell Companion to George Eliot. Eds. Amanda Anderson and Harry Shaw. Wiley Blackwell, 2013: 323-337. 


Professor Henry is a co-editor of The Journal of Victorian Culture (Oxford UP) and George Eliot-George Henry Lewes Studies (Penn State UP).


  • Senior Career Award for Research and Creative Achievement. College of Arts and Sciences. UT, 2019
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2014-15
  • Chancellor’s Award for Research and Creative Achievement. UT, 2013