Meagan Simpson



Areas of Interest
narrative, character, fictionality, gender study, religion

Hofstra University, BA

Meagan Simpson is a PhD candidate in English at the University of Notre Dame. She specializes in nineteenth-century British literature with a focuses on narrative, epistemology, and gender. Her dissertation, “Adam and Eve in the Victorian Imagination,” argues, Adam and Eve served as low-stakes and thus anxiety free tools with which nineteenth-century Britons could develop a pliable theory of character. She has taught courses on academic and civic argumentation and interdisciplinary approaches to gender studies, as well as the courses on nineteenth-century literature. She is currently serving as President of the INCS graduate student caucus and as managing editor of Nineteenth-Century Contexts.

Recent Scholarly Activity
“Were Adam and Eve Our First Parents? Providential and Empirical Worldviews in Victorian Britain,” North American Victorian Studies Association Conference, July 9-12, 2015.

“Biblical Characters in Flux: The Six Nights Debate between Robert Roberts and Charles Bradlaugh,” Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference, April 16-19, 2015.

Simpson, Meagan. “‘Nobodies’ Who Very Recently Used to Be ‘Somebodies’: Adam and Eve and Victorian Character Theory.” Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference. Riverside, California. 2014.