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Brent Kinser

Brent Kinser


College of Arts and Sciences


Contact Information

Phone: 828.227.3934
Office: 424 Coulter Building


Brent Kinser specializes in Nineteenth-Century British Literature, particularly life writing and non-fiction.


  • Ph D, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • MA, Illinois State University
  • BA, Illinois State University

Teaching Interests

He teaches a variety of graduate, upper-level, and Liberal Studies courses that often seek to combine his expertise in Victorian studies with his work in Digital Humanities. In 2015 he won the College of Arts and Sciences Teaching Award, and since 2016, he has served as Department Head. His recent publications include co-edited editions of Carlyle's <i>E</i><i>ssays on Literature</i> (UP of California, 2020), <i>The French Revolution </i>(Oxford UP, 2019), and <i>On Heroes </i>(Yale UP, 2013).

Research Interests

Editor of <i>The Carlyle Letters Online</i> (<br><br><i>Co-editor of Carlyle Studies Annual </i>(<br><br>Founding director of the <i>Victorian Lives and Letters Consortium</i> (<br><br>“Carlyle, Gladstone, and the Neapolitan Candidate,” (5 Dec. 2017).<br><br>“A Tale of Two Marriages: The Carlyles and the Brownings,” (5 Dec. 2016).<br><br>“‘A kind of epic grandeur’: Thomas Carlyle and London,’” (4 Dec. 2015).

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