Jessica R. Valdez holds a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Her research interests include nineteenth-century British literature and culture, the novel, serial form, and literary theory. Her current projects include an article examining Anthony Trollope's serial aesthetics and a book-length study of the interlinked significance of the idea of America and China to nineteenth-century British understandings of democracy. This project argues that nineteenth-century British literary imaginaries of America and China provided intersections, convergences, and oppositions against which British writers and thinkers grappled with questions of political representation and democratic reform.​


Courses taught in 2019-20:

CCHU9055       Metamorphoses: Tales of Transformation
ENGL1048       Crime stories
ENGL2122       Global Victorians
ENGL3040       Internship in English studies



Selected Publications


Plotting the News in the Victorian Novel​​, forthcoming, Edinburgh University Press

Journal Articles - Refereed:

“‘Our Impending Doom’: Seriality’s End in Late-Victorian Proto-Dystopian Novels,” special issue on “Seriality,” Journal of Modern Periodical Studies, 9.1 (2018).

“‘This is Our City’: Realism and the Sentimentality of Place in David Simon’s The Wire,” European Journal of American Culture, 34.3 (2015), pp. 193-209.

“How to Write Yiddish in English, or Israel Zangwill and Multilingualism in Children of the Ghetto,Studies in the Novel, 46.3 (2014), pp. 315-334.

“‘Dickens’s ‘Pious Fraud’: The Popular Press and Narrative’s Potential for Social Control,” Victorian Periodicals Review, 44.4, pp. 377-400.

Encyclopaedia Entries:

“Melodrama,” Companion to Victorian Popular Fiction, ed. Kevin A. Morrison (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2018)

 “Sarah Grand,” Companion to Victorian Popular Fiction, ed. Kevin A. Morrison (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2018)



Last updated: 25 November 2019