Gerald C Monsman

Professor, Emeritus

Gerald Monsman is Professor and former Head of the Department, where he specializes in nineteenth-century British and Anglo-African literature. Previously as Professor at Duke University he had been a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow and, while part of the Duke program in creative writing, twice won the Blackwood Prize for Fiction from Blackwood’s Magazine (Edinburgh). To date he has published eight volumes of literary criticism, fifteen scholarly editions, one historical monograph, one critical biography, seven book chapters, and more than thirty critical articles, along with reference criticism, poetry and fiction, and reviews. His career has been heavily invested in recovering “lost” or neglected writers of major importance with book-length critical studies: Walter Pater, Charles Lamb, Olive Schreiner, H. Rider Haggard, Bertram Mitford, Ernest Glanville, and John Trevena (regarded as one of the finest novelists of his time who today has fallen into total neglect). For critical study, it often proved necessary to reedit these neglected writings for scholarly access, such as Glanville’s border tales of unrest or Trevena’s Sleeping Waters ([1913] Valancourt, 2013) on the 100th anniversary of its first publication. Currently, based on new manuscripts, Monsman is reediting the last great novel of the English Decadence, Walter Pater’s Gaston de Latour, in connection with a complete scholarly edition of Pater’s works for Oxford University Press.