Michael Martel

Michael Martel



  • Ph.D., English, University of California at Davis, 2017
  • M.A., English, Boston College, 2009
  • B.A., English, College of St. Joseph, 2007

Research Areas

  • Media
  • Politics
  • History of the Novel
  • Environmental Humanities

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Articles

“Radioactive Form: Radium, the State, and the End of Victorian Narrative.” Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture (forthcoming December 2019)

“Reforming ‘Petty Politics!’: George Eliot and the Politicization of the Local State.”Victorian Literature and Culture 47.3 (Fall 2019): 575-602

“Participatory Government by Journalism: Class Periodicals and the Local State, 1880-1914.”Victorian Periodicals Review 51.1 (Spring 2018): 18-47

“Figuring the State: Representative Government and Paralipsis in Anthony Trollope’s Palliser Novels.” Victorians: A Journal of Culture and Literature 128 (Fall 2015): 117-138

Solicited Articles and Reviews

“Romancing the Folk Mote: William Morris, the Socialist League, and Direct Democracy.” Useful and Beautiful: Newsletter of the William Morris Society. June 2018: 7-18

“Trollope and the State.” Routledge Research Companion to Anthony Trollope. Ed. Deborah Denenholz Morse, Margaret Marwick, and Mark Turner, 2017: 35-47

Review of Devin Griffith’s The Age of Analogy: Science and Literature Between the DarwinsVictoriographies 8.2 (2018): 213-215

Review of Ruth Livesey’s Writing the Stage Coach Nation: Locality on the Move in Nineteenth-Century British Fiction. Studies in the Novel 49.2 (2017): 288-289

Review of George Eliot: Interdisciplinary Essays. Victorian Periodicals Review forthcoming)