Department of English


Judith E. Pike

Associate Professor


While I received my Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and have published translations of French literary works and have written on French gastronomy, my recent teaching and scholarship focuses on Victorian literature. In particular, I have been working on the literary works of Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë.




English 335: Gothic Literature

English 342: Women in Literature

English 357: British Literature II

English 475: Victorian Literature




Recent Publications


Agnes Grey chapter for A Companion to the Brontës, Ed. Diane Hoeveler. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, forthcoming in 2015.


‘Felicitations to the Brontëites’: The 1895 Inaugural Volume of the Brontë Society’s Transactions and Other Publications,”  Brontë Studies, forthcoming in 2014.


“Rochester’s ‘Bronze Scrag’ and Pearl Necklace: Bronzed Masculinity in Jane Eyre,Shirley and Charlotte Brontë’s Juvenilia,” Victorian Literature and Culture, 41.2 (June 2013): 261-281.


 “Breeching Boys: Milksops, Men’s Clubs and the Modelling of Masculinity in Anne Brontë’s Agnes Grey and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall,” Brontë Studies, 37.2 (April 2012): 112-24.


“Brillat-Savarin’s Occidentalizing of the Oriental Origins of French Cuisine” The French Review, 84. 5 (April 2011): 936-953.


“’My name was Isabella Linton’: Coverture, Domestic Violence and Mrs. Heathcliff’s Narrative in Wuthering Heights,” Nineteenth-Century Literature, 64.3 (December 2009): 347-383.


Recent Conference Papers


“‘Felicitations to the Brontëites’: The 1895 Inaugural Issue of the Brontë Society Publications” Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, Manchester, UK, July 2013.


“The Manly ‘Language of Flowers’: From Boyhood ‘plant slaughter’ to Manly Ferns and Wildflowers in Jane Eyre” Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference, University of Virginia, March 2013.


Floral Media: Victorian Floriography, Botany and The Manly Language of Flowers in the Brontës,” Victorians Institute Conference at Virginia Commonwealth University, October 2012.


“Bronzed Masculinity in Jane Eyre, Shirley and Charlotte Brontë’s Juvenilia,” Northeast Modern Languages Association, Rutgers University, April 2011.


“Epistolary Witness: Nelly & Mrs. Heathcliff’s Letter,” NEMLA, McGill University, Montréal, Canada, April 2010.


“Redefining Masculinity in the Brontës: A Case Study of Fathers, Sons, and Husbands," NEMLA, Boston University, April 2009.

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