Robin Barrow

Senior Lecturer


Dr. Barrow specializes in 19th-century British literature, focusing primarily on the novel. She is interested in how fictional codes encourage or restrict readers’ sympathetic identification with characters. Her current book project, Narratives of Outrage, examines narrative representations of sexual violence in Victorian fiction. She also studies Jane Austen and contemporary fantasy fiction by writers like Terry Pratchett.

Dr. Barrow regularly teaches the second half of the British Literature survey. She has also taught courses on Victorian representations of women, postcolonial literature, poetry, fiction, women’s literature, literature and sexualities, American autobiography, and composition


B.A., Tennessee Tech
M.A., Ph.D., University of Iowa


  • Narratives of Outrage: Sexual Violence and Victorian Fiction. Under contract with Cambria Press.

Representative Articles:

  • With Louise Berry. Study Guide for English 202K British Literature II: Blake to the Present. Knoxville: The University of Tennessee, 2007.
  • “Braddon’s Haunting Memories: Rape, Class, and the Victorian Popular Press,” Women’s 
    Writing 13.3 (2006): 348-68.
  • “An Identification in Yeats’s A Vision (B),” Notes and Queries, 51.2 n.s. (June 2004): 162-63.
  • Contributor, Research Society for Victorian Periodicals Bibliography in Victorian Periodicals Review, Winter 2000 to Winter 2008