Faculty Profile
John Kucich

John Kucich
Distinguished Professor of English
Director of Graduate Studies

Murray Hall | Room 117
College Avenue Campus

Phone: (848) 932-7684

Office Hours: By Appointment

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After twenty-seven years at the University of Michigan, John Kucich was drawn to Rutgers in 2006 by the English Department's concentration of distinguished scholars in his field, Victorian studies, which is among the strongest in the country. He is the author of four books on Victorian literature and culture: Excess and Restraint in the Novels of Charles Dickens (Georgia, 1981), Repression in Victorian Fiction (California, 1987), The Power of Lies: Transgression in Victorian Fiction (Cornell, 1994), and Imperial Masochism: British Fiction, Fantasy, and Social Class (Princeton, 2007). He has edited, with Dianne F. Sadoff, Victorian Afterlife: Postmodern Culture Rewrites the Nineteenth Century (Minnesota, 2000), and he is the editor of Fictions of Empire (Houghton-Mifflin, 2002). He also co-edited Volume Three, 1820-1880 (Oxford, 2011), in Oxford University Press's landmark project, The Oxford History of the Novel in English in English, a twelve-volume series that is likely to be the standard reference work for decades. He has written dozens of articles on Victorian literature and culture, which have appeared in the top journals in his field as well as in the most eminent generalist journals in literary studies. One of these, an essay on Rudyard Kipling, was awarded the 2005 Donald Gray Prize as the best essay of the year in Victorian studies by the field's flagship organization, the North American Victorian Studies Association. Studies in English Literature commissioned him to write their much-consulted annual review of nineteenth-century scholarship for 2008. He sits on the advisory boards of Victorian Studies and Nineteenth-Century Literature, and has served on the Editorial Board at PMLA. He has won major fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Humanities Center.
Other Departmental and University Positions

Director of the Graduate Program
Rutgers British Studies Center Executive Board

Education Areas of Specialization
PhD, University at Buffalo
MA, University at Buffalo
BA, University of California, Santa Cruz
Victorian Literature

"I used to try to interest students in Victorian culture by proving that it resembles our own, despite appearances to the contrary. Now I try to show them that it was even more different than they think. "

Most Recent Books

Imperial Masochism: British Fiction, Fantasy, and Social Class

The  Power of Lies, Transgression in Victorian Fiction

Repression in Victorian Fiction: Charlotte  Brontë, George Eliot, and Charles Dickens

Excess and Restraint in the Novels of Charles Dickens

Other Publications
Undergraduate Courses Taught Graduate Courses Taught
  • Cultural Logics: Victorian, Modern, and Postmodern
  • History of Literary Theory II: Romanticism to Present
  • Issues and Problems in Literary Theory
  • Twentieth-Century Literature of British Imperialism, 1880-1980
  • Seminar: Nineteenth-Century Organic Social Formations
Awards and Distinctions Professional Memberships and Affiliations
  • Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Research, 2012
  • Donald Gray Prize, Best Essay in Victorian Studies, North American Victorian Studies Association, for “Sadomasochism and the Magical Group,” 2005
  • Distinguished Faculty Recognition Award, University of Michigan, 2004
  • Ayrshire Foundation Award, University of Michigan, 2003
  • Advisory Board, Nineteenth-Century Literature, 1995-
  • Advisory Board, NOVEL: A Forum On Fiction, 2008-
  • Member, Modern Language Association
  • Member, Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Association
  • Member, North American Victorian Studies Association
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