Walls of Words

Nicole Lobdell

Nicole Lobdell is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English in 19th-century British literature at DePauw University in Greencastle, IN.



Last updated July 15, 2019


August 2016 - Present
Assistant Professor of English (NTT)
English Department
DePauw University (Greencastle, IN)


August 2014 - August 2016
Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow
School of Literature, Media, and Communication
Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA)

August 2013 - July 2014
Lecturer, School of Literature, Media, and Communication
Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA)



2013      PhD, English, University of Georgia                                                                                   

2007      MA, English, University of Georgia                                                                                     

2005      BA, English, Rhodes College     



Primary Fields: British Romantic and Victorian literature; Gothic literature; gender studies; science fiction; science and technology in literature

Secondary Fields: Digital humanities; narrative theory; global and postcolonial literature; medical humanities; material culture studies




H. G. Wells’s The Invisible Man, including critical footnotes and historical and cultural appendices. Co-edited with Nancee Reeves (University of Georgia). Peterborough, Ontario: Broadview Press, 2018. 226 pages.

Victorian Stuff: A History of Hoarding (book manuscript in development)


Guest-Edited Journals

(author and editor) "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein at 200." [Special Issue]. Co-edited with Michael Griffin, School of Literature, Media, and Communication, Georgia Tech. Science Fiction Studies 45.2 (July 2018): 225-28. (link to Table of Contents)

 (author and editor) "Nineteenth-Century Mobilities" [Special Issue]. Co-edited with Narin Hassan, School of Literature, Media, and Communication, Georgia Tech. Nineteenth-Century Contexts 37.5 (2015): 387-90. (link to Table of Contents)

(author and editor) "Illustration and Gender: Drawing the Nineteenth Century." [Special Issue]. Co-edited with Kate Holterhoff, Department of English, Carnegie Mellon. Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies 11.2 (2015). 22 July 2015.  http://www.ncgsjournal.com/issue112/issue112.htm


Articles and Book Chapters

Coining Counterfeit Culture: Christina Rossetti’s Goblin Market” in “Imitation and Forgery [Special Issue] Victorian Network, vol. 8, no. 1, Dec 2018, pp. 5-27. https://www.victoriannetwork.org/index.php/vn/article/view/82

“Digging at the Roots: Martha Redbone’s The Garden of Love: Songs of William Blake.” Rock and Romanticism: An Anthology. Ed. James Rovira. Lexington Books, 2018. pp. 51-64.

“‘The Invisible Girl’: Gender and Form in Mary Shelley’s Short Stories.” Critical Insights: Mary Shelley. Ed. Virginia Brackett. Amenia, NY: Salem Press, 2016. 162-76. Print.


Short Essays

“Margaret Fuller.” Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 381: Writers on Women’s Rights and United States Suffrage, edited by George P. Anderson, Gale Cengage, 2017, pp. 122-130.


Book Reviews

Paraphernalia! Victorian Objects. Edited by Helen Klingstone and Kate Lister. Routledge, 2018. Reviewed in Nineteenth-Century Prose. (forthcoming)

Drawing on the Victorians: The Palimpsest of Victorian and Neo-Victorian Graphic Texts. Edited by Anna Maria Jones and Rebecca N. Mitchell. Ohio UP, 2017. Reviewed in Nineteenth-Century Contexts. Reviewed in Nineteenth-Century Contexts, vol. 41, no. 2, 2019.

The Alchemy of Empire: Abject Materials and the Technologies of Colonialism, by Rajani Sudan, Fordham UP, 2016. Reviewed in Configurations, vol. 26, no. 1, 2018, pp. 109-110.

Thomas Hardy’s Brains: Psychology, Neurology, and Hardy’s Imagination, by Suzanne Keen. The Ohio State UP, 2014. Reviewed in Victorian Network, Special Issue: “Victorian Brains,” vol. 7, no. 1, 2016, pp. 148-52. http://www.victoriannetwork.org/index.php/vn/issue/view/12

The Buried Life of Things: How Objects Made History in Nineteenth-Century Britain, by Simon Goldhill. Cambridge UP, 2014. Reviewed in Nineteenth-Century Studies, Online Reviews, 2016. http://english.selu.edu/ncs/Materiality.php

The Rhetoric of Retelling Old Romances: Medievalist Poetry by Alfred Tennyson and William Morris, by Yoshiko Seki, EIHŌSHA, 2015. Reviewed in Medievally Speaking, 30 Oct. 2015.

Women’s Ghost Literature in Nineteenth-Century Britain, by Melissa Edmundson Makala, U of Cardiff P, 2013. Reviewed in Supernatural Studies, vol. 2, no. 2, 2015, pp. 201-2.

The Hidden Jane Austen, by John Wiltshire. Cambridge UP, 2014. Reviewed in JASNA News, vol. 31, no. 1, 2015, pp. 16.

Bram Stoker, Dracula and the Victorian Gothic Stage, by Catherine Wynne. Palgrave, 2013. Reviewed in ELT 1880-1920, vol. 58, no. 2, 2015, pp. 272-75.

Literary Bric-à-Brac and the Victorians: From Commodities to Oddities, edited by Jonathon Shears and Jen Harrison, Ashgate, 2013. Reviewed in The Oxonian Review, vol. 26, no. 4, 24 Nov. 2014. http://www.oxonianreview.org/wp/bric-a-brac/



2019 NEH Summer Institute Fellowship, “Colonial Experiences and Their Legacies in Southeast Asia,” East-West Center, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in Honolulu, HI (June 10 – July 5)

2019 DePauw Faculty Summer Research Stipend, DePauw University

2017 Amy Braddock Award & Summer Stipend, DePauw University

2015 LMC Summer Research/Creativity Grant, Georgia Tech

2012 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, University of Georgia                            

2012 Teaching Portfolio Certificate of Recognition, University of Georgia                

2009 Travel Award, UGA Foreign Travel Assistance Program         

2009 Travel Award, North American Victorian Studies Association

2008 Travel Award, Appleby Fund, UGA Department of English

2008 Travel Award, North American Victorian Studies Association

2007 Robert E. Park Award, Best Essay by a Graduate Student, University of Georgia  



2019 “Bithia Mary Croker: The Secret in the Story.” North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA). Columbus, OH. (October 2019 - paper accepted)

2019   “Defaced, Destroyed, Beheaded, Replaced: Vandalizing Queen Victoria.” Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies (INCS). Dallas, TX. (March 2019)

2018    “No Longer Within: How X-Rays Transformed the Victorian Body.” North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA). Hosted by University of Florida, St. Petersburg, FL. (October 2018)

2018    “H.G. Wells’s The Invisible Man: Teaching the Invisible in 2018.” Roundtable Invitation. Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA). Pittsburgh, PA. (April 2018 )

2018    “Diurnal Time in the Early Poetry of Emily Brontë.” Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies (INCS). San Francisco State University. San Francisco, CA. (March 2018)

2017    “Albinism in the Nineteenth Century.” Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies (INCS). Muhlenberg College. Philadelphia, PA.

2016    “False Scenes: Mary Shelley’s Short Stories.” British Women Writer’s Conference (BWWC). University of Georgia. Athens, GA.

2016    “‘Most Precious Treasures’: A History of Hoarding.” Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies (INCS). Appalachian State University. Asheville, NC.

2015    “The Mutability of Men: H. G. Wells’s The Invisible Man.” Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies (INCS). Georgia Institute of Technology. Atlanta, GA

2012    “‘Walls of Words’: Novel Hoardings.” North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA). University of Wisconsin. Madison, WI.

2011    “Bleak House: Dickens’s Little Shop of Hoarders.” Victorians Institute. Coastal Carolina University. Myrtle Beach, SC.

2009    “Evolution for Victorians: Roundtable Discussion.” Joint Meeting of the British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS) and the North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA). Churchill College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK.

2009    “Complex Letters: Jane Austen, Mary Hays, and Masculine Discourse.” British Women Writers Conference (BWWC). University of Iowa. Iowa City, IA.

2008    “Railway Mania, or The Failure of Common Sense.” North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA). Yale University. New Haven, CT.

2008    “Fruitful Slang: Economy and Word Play in Christina Rossetti’s ‘Goblin Market.’” British Women Writers Conference (BWWC). University of Indiana. Bloomington, IN.



DePauw University, English Department

       English 393: “Wild, Daring, Visionary: The Global Romantics”

English 282: British Writers II (1780 CE to Present)                                                       

       English 281: British Writers I (680 CE to 1780 CE)

       English 264: Women and Literature: “The Female Gothic”

English 255: Topics in Literary Studies: “Gothic Short Stories: East and West Legacies”

       English 255: Topics in Literary Studies: “Brain on Fire: Medical Narratives”

       English 255: Topics in Literary Studies: "Dead Bodies in Literature, or The Corpse in the Corpus"

       English 197: First Year Seminar: “Obsession”

English 191: Reading Literature: Science, Technology, and Nature

  English 161: Reading Literature: Visual and Digital Narratives: “Video Game Narratives”

       English 151: Reading Literature: Drama, Fiction, and Poetry

Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Literature, Media, and Communication (LMC)

       LMC 3316: “Science, Technology, and Postcolonialism”

       English 1102: “Obsession: Trash or Treasure?”

       English 1102: “Speculative Fiction of the Nineteenth Century”

       English 1102: “Voices of the Industrial Revolution”

       English 1102: “Birth of the Gothic Novel”

       English 1101: “Going Viral: Writing about Global Disease in the 21st Century”

University of Georgia, Department of English (Instructor of Record)    

English 2330: Early-American Literature Survey: Beginnings to 1865

   English 2320: British Literature Survey: 1700-Present

   English 1102: Writing about Literature

   English 1101/1102: Learning Community: “Food as Text/Text as Food”

   English 1101: Introduction to College Writing

University of Georgia, Department of English (Assistant or Guest)

    English 4995: Senior Seminar: Bleak House (Guest Lecturer)

    English 4525: Charles Dickens (Guest Lecturer)

    English 4000: Introduction to the Major: Theories and Methods (Teaching Assistant)



DePauw University

Co-Organizer, “Wednesday Writers,” Faculty Development & Writing Group (2017-2019)

Member, Empowerment and Inclusion Committee (EPIC) (2016-2017, 2018-2019)

Member, Committee on Community Outreach (COCO) (2016-2018)

Member, Literature at DePauw Committee (2016-2019)

Mock Interviewer, Fulbright Scholarship Program at DePauw (Fall 2016, Fall 2017)

Georgia Institute of Technology

Brittain Representative (elected position), LMC Executive Committee (2014-2015)

Editorial Staff, WOVENText Book Committe (2015)

Member, Assessment Committee (2013-2016)

Judge, President’s Undergraduate Research Award (2013, 2014)

Reader, Portfolio Assessment Program (2013, 2014)

University of Georgia

Program Assistant, UGA at Oxford, Trinity and Keble Colleges, Oxford, UK (2011, 2012)

President, Sigma Tau Delta: International English Honor Society (2008-2010)

Organizer, Sigma Tau Delta’s Undergraduate Conference (2009, 2010)

Service to the Profession

      Conference Organizer, INCS 2015 Conference: “Mobilities,” April 16-19, Georgia Tech (Atlanta, GA)



2015       Digital Mitford Coding School, University of Pittsburgh - Greensburg

2014       Digital Pedagogy Seminar, Georgia Institute of Technology

2013       Digital Pedagogy Seminar, Georgia Institute of Technology

2012       Graduate Teaching Portfolio Certificate Program, UGA Graduate School, UGA

2006      Composition Pedagogy Practicum, Department of English, UGA

2004      Research Assistant for Julia Ewing, Theater Department, Rhodes College



French: reading knowledge

German: reading knowledge

Latin: basic

Spanish: basic



British Women Writers Association (BWWA)

Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies (INCS)

Modern Language Association (MLA)

North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA)

Society for Novel Studies (SNS)