Dr Linda Freedman

Email: l.freedman@ucl.ac.uk
External phone: 0207 679 3137
Internal phone: 33137
Office: Foster Court 227

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.

Research Interests

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 identity-formation.

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)

Emily Dickinson and the Religious Imagination        

Articles and Chapters in Books

‘Plath and the New Yorker’, in Writing for the New Yorker ed. Fiona Green (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2015).

'Poetry, Prophecy and Democracy': Teaching through the lens of the Fortnightly Review', in Teaching Transatlanticism: Resources for Teaching Nineteeth-Century Anglo-American Print Culture ed. Sarah Robbins and Linda Hughes (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2015).

‘Touching the Wounds: Dickinson and Contemporary Christology’, in Emily Dickinson and Philosophy, ed. Jedd Deppman and Marianne Noble (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013).

‘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, 2013).

‘Blake, Duncan and the Politics of Writing from Myth’, Blake: An Illustrated Quarterly: 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.

‘Greed and Literature: the Narrative of Consumption’ in Greed, ed. Stephen Barber and Alexis Brassey (London: Macmillan, 2009): 170-188

‘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.


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.