NEH Chair in the Humanities

Virginia Zimmerman is Associate Professor of English at Bucknell University. She specializes in Victorian literature and culture with a special emphasis on perceptions of time in the nineteenth century.

She has published on Victorian literature that explores geology and archaeology as well as on the concept of the trace. She has a secondary interest in children's fiction and has published on the Harry Potter series. Dr. Zimmerman's work has appeared in Children's Literature, Configurations, the Journal of Literature & Science, Victorian Periodicals Review, Victorians Institute Journal and Pedagogy. Her book, Excavating Victorians, was published by SUNY press in 2008.

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

Nineteenth-century science writing for children, Time and the individual in Victorian poetry, Archaeology and museums in children's literature

Recent Awards

  • Scadden Fellowship 2010
  • Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence 2009
  • Faculty Research Grant
  • Children's Literature Association

Selected Publications

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, 2007.

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

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