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Dr Linda Freedman
227
Foster Court
Malet Place
London
WC1E 6BT
Appointment
  • Lecturer in British and American Literature
  • Dept of English Lang & Literature
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Biography
I graduated from Magdalen College, Oxford in 2003 with a 2.1 BA Hons in English. I then moved to King's College London where I took an MA in English with distinction in 2004 and received a PhD for a thesis on Emily Dickinson in 2007. Between 2007 and 2008 I was a sessional tutor at KCL before being awarded the Keasbey Research Fellowship in American Studies at Selwyn College Cambridge, which I held for three years until October 2011. I was variously employed by Cambridge University and the ICE before taking up a permanent lectureship at UCL in October 2012.
Research Summary

 

My research interests are interdisciplinary, transatlantic, and cover nineteenth and twentieth-century literature with a strong interest in theology and the visual arts. I am currently writing a book about William Blake and America, in which I argue that Blake’s major revival in twentieth-century American counterculture was rooted in his nineteenth-century appeal to a peculiarly American Romanticism. When such diverse twentieth-century luminaries as Hart Crane, Allen Ginsberg, Robert Duncan and Saul Bellow revived, elevated and battled him, they read him alongside Whitman and Emerson, and they continued to make Blake relevant to contemporary questions of American political, literary and religious identity. This book explores Blake's presence in nineteenth and twentieth-century American literature and culture in relation to the image of America found in Blake's own work.

My past research has focused on the relationship between literature and theology. My 2011 book was the first to consider Dickinson’s religious imagery outside the dynamic of her personal faith and doubt. I read poetry and theology together, arguing for a mutually enriching reciprocity of ideas and epistemological approaches. I also probe differences, suggesting literature and theology have much to lose from their reciprocity if their distinctions are not preserved.

I have also published, or have forthcoming, articles and essays on Charlotte Bronte, William Holman Hunt, Walt Whitman, Robert Duncan and Sylvia Plath alongside others which deal with developing transatlantic pedagogies and the value of literature for social science.

 

 

Teaching Summary
I teach widely in Victorian and American literature offering options which pursue interdisciplinary connections such as the Victorians and Art and American Counterculture (for MA students).
Academic Background
2007 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – American studies King's College London
2004 MA Master of Arts – English King's College London
2003 BA Bachelor of Arts – English University of Oxford
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