NEH Chair in the Humanities

Virginia Zimmerman is Professor of English at Bucknell University. She specializes in Victorian literature and culture and also in children's literature from the 19th century to the present.

Dr. Zimmerman's scholarly works address the intersection of material culture and time, whether in poems about archaeology or in children's books. Her publications on Victorian literature investigate the literature of geology and archaeology, with special emphasis on perceptions of time. Her articles on children's literature examine similar themes. Dr. Zimmerman's work has appeared in Children's Literature, Configurations, the Journal of Literature & Science, Victorian Periodicals Review, Victorians Institute Journal and Pedagogy. She has articles forthcoming from Victorian Review and The Lion and the Unicorn. Her book, Excavating Victorians, was published by SUNY press in 2008.

Dr. Zimmerman also writes children's fiction. La Finestra del Temps (Cruïlla 2012) was translated into Catalan and published in Barcelona. This Powerful Rhyme is forthcoming from Clarion Books.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Virginia

Teaching Interests

  • Victorian Literature and culture
  • Young adult fiction
  • The nineteenth-century novel
  • Victorian poetry
  • Nineteenth-century women's literature

Scholarly Interests

  • Victorian literature
  • Children's literature
  • Science and literature

Current Projects and Research Interests

Archaeology and fantasy in 19th-century literature; time-travel in children's literature

Recent Awards

  • NEH Chair in the Humanities
  • Scadden Fellowship 2010
  • Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence 2009
  • Faculty Research Grant
  • Children's Literature Association

Selected Publications

This Powerful Rhyme. A novel for young readers. New York: Clarion Books, forthcoming.

"The Curating Child: Runaways and Museums in Children's Fiction." The Lion and the Unicorn (forthcoming).

"Storm and Stone: Accidental Archaeology at Skara Brae in Orkney." Victorian Review (forthcoming).

La Finestra del Temps. A novel for young readers. Barcelona: Cruïlla, 2012. (translated into Catalan).

"'Time Seemed Fiction' -- Archaeological Encounters in Victorian Poetry." Journal of Literature and Science 5 (2012) 70-82.

"Natural History on Blocks, in Bodies, and on the Hearth: Juvenile Science Literature and Games, 1850-1875."Configurations 19 (2011) 407-30.

"'The Weird Message of the Past': Material Epistemologies of Past, Present, and Future in the Nineteenth Century." Victorian Periodicals Review. 42.2 (2009) 114-135.

"Harry Potter and the Gift of Time" Children's Literature 37 (2009). 194-215.

Excavating Victorians. SUNY Press, 2008.

"Moving Poems: Kinesthetic learning in the Literature Classroom." Pedagogy, 2002.

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