Distinguished Professor in the Humanities and Professor
Nancy Henry joined the faculty in the fall of 2008. Her research and teaching interests are in Victorian literature with special emphases on nineteenth-century cultures of finance, colonialism and imperialism. She also has interests in textual criticism, biography and the life and writings of George Eliot.
Henry serves as an Associate Editor for George Eliot-George Henry Lewes Studies.
Ph.D. The University of Chicago
M.A. The University of Chicago
B.A. Stanford University
- Associate Editor, George Eliot-George Henry Lewes Studies
Faculty Research Seminar in Nineteenth-Century British Studies
Awards, Honors & Grants
- National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2014-15
- Chancellor’s Award for Research and Creative Achievement, 2013
- The Life of George Eliot. Blackwell Critical Biography Series. Wiley-Blackwell, 2012. (Paperback issued, 2015).
- The Cambridge Introduction to George Eliot. Cambridge University Press, 2008. Japanese translation, 2015.
- George Eliot and the British Empire. Cambridge University Press, 2002. (Paperback issued, 2006).
Edited Collections and Editions
- Victorian Investments: New Perspectives on Finance and Culture (ed.) with Cannon Schmitt. Indiana University Press (2009).
- 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.
- Guest Editor, Victorian Studies 45:1 (Autumn2002). Special Issue on Victorian Investments, with Cannon Schmitt and Anjali Arondekar.
- 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. Additional material by Graham Handley. 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.
- “2008 and All That: Economics and Victorian Literature” (Review Essay). Victorian Literature and Culture 43.1 (2015).
- “Money and Business.” The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature. Eds. Dino Feluga, Pamela K. Gilbert and Linda Hughes. Wiley Blackwell, 2015.
- “Charlotte Riddell: Novelist of the City” in Women and Economics. Eds. Jill Rappoport and Lana Dalley. Ohio State UP, 2014.
- “George Eliot and Genre” in George Eliot in Context. Ed. Margaret Harris. Cambridge UP, 2013.
- “George Eliot and Finance” in The Blackwell Companion to George Eliot. Eds. Amanda Anderson and Harry Shaw. Wiley Blackwell, 2013.
- “The Romola Code: ‘Men of Appetites’ in George Eliot’s Historica Novel.” Victorian Literature and Culture (39:2) 2011.
- “’Rushing into Eternity’: Suicide and Finance in Victorian Fiction.” Victorian Investments: New Perspectives on Finance and Culture. Edited by Nancy Henry and Cannon Schmitt. Indiana University Press (2008).
- “’Ladies do it?’: Victorian Women Investors in Fact and Fiction.” Victorian Literature and Finance. Edited by Francis O’Gorman. Oxford UP, 2007: 111-131.
- “Elizabeth Gaskell and Social Transformation.” The Cambridge Companion to Elizabeth Gaskell. Edited by Jill Matus. Cambridge UP, 2007: 148-163.
- “Teaching the Victorians Today.” Teaching Literature: A Handbook. Edited by Tanya Agathocleous and Ann Dean. Palgrave Press, 2003: 49-57.
- “Critical Perspectives on Daniel Deronda.” A Companion to the Victorian Novel. Edited by William Baker and Ken Womack. Greenwood Press, 2002: 283-92.
- “George Eliot and Politics.” The Cambridge Companion to George Eliot. Edited by George Levine. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2001: 138-58.
- “George Eliot and the Colonies.” Victorian Literature and Culture 29:2 (2001): 413-433.
- “Impressions of Theophrastus Such” and “Problems of Life and Mind.” The Oxford Reader’s Companion to George Eliot. Edited by John Rignall. Oxford UP, 2000: 166-170; 313-315.
- “George Eliot, George Henry Lewes, and Comparative Anatomy” in George Eliot and Europe. Edited by John Rignall. Warwick Studies in the European Humanities. Scolar Press, 1997: 44-63.
- “Ante-Anti-Semitism: George Eliot’s Impressions of Theophrastus Such” in Victorian Identities: Social and Cultural Formations in Nineteenth-Century Literature. Edited by Ruth Robbins and Julian Wolfreys. Macmillan, 1996: 65-80.