Carolyn Dever

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Professor of English and Creative Writing

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Carolyn Dever is a scholar and teacher of British literature and culture of the nineteenth century. She is the author of Chains of Love and Beauty: The Diary of Michael Field (Princeton University Press, 2022), and the editor of One Soul We Divided: A Critical Edition of the Diary of Michael Field (Princeton University Press, 2023). Dever's earlier books include Death and the Mother from Dickens to Freud: Victorian Fiction and the Anxiety of Origins (Cambridge), Skeptical Feminisms: Activist Theory, Activist Practice (Minnesota), The Literary Channel: The Inter-National Invention of the Novel (Princeton), and The Cambridge Companion to Anthony Trollope (Cambridge).  She is co-editor, with Amy Kahrmann Huseby, of the ongoing Cambridge History of Victorian Women's Writing. 

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  • BA, Boston College, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa (1988).
  • MA, Harvard University (1989).
  • PhD, Harvard University (1993).