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Wed 19th November 2014
Dr Linda Freedman
Education and Experience
Linda Freedman is a graduate of Magdalen College, Oxford (BA
Hons 2.1 in 2003) and King’s College London (MA with Distinction in 2004).
She won an AHRC
award to compete a doctoral dissertation on Emily Dickinson in 2004 and
completed her PhD at King's in 2007.
Between 2008 and 2011 she held the Keasbey Research Fellowship in American Studies at Selwyn College, Cambridge. In 2012 she took up a permanent lectureship at UCL.
Linda teaches and researches nineteenth and
twentieth-century British and American literature. She has a particular
interest in transatlantic connections and the relationship between literature,
theology and the visual arts.
Her first book, on Emily Dickinson and the Religious Imagination, explored the tensions and affinities between readings in poetry and readings in theology.
She is currently writing a book about William Blake and
America. This takes in literary and
cultural reception and engages with questions about myth-making, politics and
It identifies and explores particularly lively moments in
nineteenth and twentieth-century America when Blake mattered to a post-Romantic
and countercultural concern with democracy, imagination and individual freedom.
The book also thinks about the ways in which Blake’s American reception might make us read his work, and his own ideas about America, in a new light.
Emily Dickinson and the Religious Imagination (Cambridge:
Cambridge University Press, 2011)
Articles and Chapters in Books
‘Blake, Duncan and the Politics of Writing from Myth’, Blake: An Illustrated Quarterly: forthcoming Autumn 2013.
‘Tom Altizer and William Blake: the Apocalypse of Belief’, Literature and Theology 25 (2011), 20–31.
‘The Scapegoat and the story of Grace’, Word and Image 26 (2010), 142-9.
‘Reflection and the Aesthetics of Grace in Villette’, Literature and Theology 22 (2008), 406-18.
‘“Meadows of Majesty”: Baptism as Translation in Emily
Dickinson’s Poetry’, The Emily Dickinson
Journal 17 (2008), 25-42.
the Wounds: Dickinson and Contemporary Christology’, in Emily Dickinson and Philosophy, ed. Jedd Deppman and Marianne Noble
(Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013).
‘Plath and the New Yorker’, in Writing for the New Yorker ed. Fiona Green and Bharat Tandon (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press): forthcoming 2014.
‘William Blake and Walt Whitman: the prophet-artist and democratic thought’, Traffic and Translations: Transatlantic Exchanges between Britain and New England 1610-1910 ed. Robin Peel and Daniel Maudlin (University Press of New England): forthcoming 2013.
'Poetry, Prophecy and Democracy': Teaching through the lens of the Fortnightly Review', in Transatlantic Currents and Conversations ed. Sarah Robbins and Linda Hughes (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press): forthcoming.
‘Greed and Literature: the Narrative of Consumption’ in Greed, ed. Stephen Barber and Alexis Brassey (London: Macmillan, 2009): 170-188
Angela Wright, Gothic Fiction: A Reader’s Guide to Essential Criticism, in The European Legacy 13.5 (2008), 664.
Aliki Barnstone, Changing Rapture: Emily Dickinson’s Poetic Development, in The Emily Dickinson Journal 19.1 (2010), 107-9.
Alison M. Parker, Articulating Rights: Nineteenth-Century American Women on Race, Reform and the State, in The Journal of American Studies (2011): forthcoming.
Christopher Rowland, Blake and the Bible, in Blake: An Illustrated Quarterly (2012): forthcoming Spring 2013.
Nephie J.Christodoulides and Polina Mackay ed., The Cambridge Companion to H.D. in The Journal of American Studies: forthcoming.