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Janice Schroeder

Degrees:B.A. Honours (Winnipeg); M.A. Ph.D. (Alberta)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 1791
Office:1924 Dunton Tower

Research Interests:

My main research interests are in nineteenth-century British literature and culture. I have particular interests in Victorian print and oral media; feminist writing of the nineteenth century and its intersections with twentieth and twenty-first century feminisms; the Victorian schoolroom and mass education; the Victorian prison, and Victorian journalism. Together with my colleague Barbara Leckie, I am currently co-editing a critical edition of Henry Mayhew’s London Labour and the London Poor for Broadview Press. A new area of research for me is in contemporary narratives of abandonment, attachment, and adoption.

My teaching interests are closely connected to my research. I have recently taught experiential graduate courses in scholarly editing in connection with my research on Mayhew’s London Labour. I am currently developing a new undergraduate seminar on adoption narratives, which will examine texts ranging from fairy tales to popular fiction to life writing. I have also taught undergraduate courses on the nineteenth-century penitentiary, solitary confinement, and practices of dark tourism past and present.

Since coming to Carleton I have supervised Master’s and PhD projects on H. Rider Haggard, A.S. Byatt, Arthur Conan Doyle, George Eliot, Elizabeth Gaskell, Robert Louis Stevenson, Belgravia Magazine, and Charlotte Brontë. I would be happy to receive proposals for doctoral research on most aspects of Victorian literature and culture, including but not limited to those outlined above.


Teaching Innovation Award, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Carleton University, 2017

Recent and Forthcoming Publications:

“Detachment Theory: History, Story, and Language in Maurice Mierau’s Detachment: An Adoption Memoir. Journal of Mennonite Studies. Vol 36, 2018, 57-74.

“The Publishing History of Henry Mayhew’s London Labour and the London Poor.” BRANCH: Britain, Representation, and Nineteenth Century History. Extension of Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net. Ed. Dino Franco Felluga. Web. April 30, 2019.

“Clearing the Air: Margaret Hale’s Emotional Labour in North and South.” Women’s Writing. Forthcoming.

Co-editor, London Labour and the London Poor by Henry Mayhew. Forthcoming 2018.

“Secrets Grow Small and No Longer Exist”: Dora Dueck’s This Hidden Thing.” 11 Encounters with Mennonite Fiction, ed. Hildi Froese Tiessen. 2017.

Editor, Special issue for Victorian Periodicals Review on Victorian education and the periodical press. Winter 2017.

I have published scholarly reviews in English Studies in Canada, Victorian Review, Victorian Periodicals Review, Journal of Mennonite Studies, and U of T Quarterly and am a member of the review board for Nineteenth Century Gender Studies.

Plenary Address

“Talk, Listen, Repeat.” Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada, Vancouver, BC, April 2017, on “Victorian Education.”

Papers Recently Presented

Inside: Voice and the Victorian Prison.” North American Victorian Studies Association. Columbus, OH, October 2019.

“Monumental Failure: Exploring the Ruins of Henry Mayhew’s London Labour and the London Poor. Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies Association. Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, March 2019.

“Weaving Displacement Plots in Maurice Mierau’s Detachment.” Mennonite/s Writing VIII. Winnipeg, MB, October 2017.

“Henry Mayhew: Recycling, Remediation, Collaboration.” North American Victorian Studies Association. Banff, AB, November 2017. Co-authored with Barbara Leckie.

The Pattern of the Paper on Our Walls:’ Victorian Prisons and Everyday Monotony.” North American Victorian Studies Association. Phoenix, AZ, November 2016.

“Women Inmates and their Intimates.” Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada. Winnipeg, MB, April 2016.

“Ain’t I a Gender Failure? Ivan Coyote, Sojourner Truth and the Bared Breast.” ACCUTE. Ottawa, ON, June 2015.

Graduate Supervisions

Doctoral supervisor for Jenna Herdman. “The Remediated Mayhew.” In progress.

Fiona Crawford. “Authoring a Masculine Inheritance: H. Rider Haggard, the Tichborne Claimant, and the Tattoo.” January 2010 – July 2010.