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Chris Keirstead

Chris Keirstead Professor/Assistant Chair for Instructors
9072 Haley Center
(334) 844-9072
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  • Monday 12:30-1:00 pm
  • Wednesday 12:30-1:00 pm
  • Friday 12:30-1:00 pm


Christopher Keirstead received his Ph.D. from the University of Delaware in 1999 and is a specialist in Victorian literature and culture. Other research and teaching interests include poetry, travel writing, genre studies, and postcolonial studies.  His recent book Victorian Poetry, Europe, and the Challenge of Cosmopolitanism (Ohio State UP, 2011) examines how Europe emerges as the site of a dynamic and evolving form of critical cosmopolitanism in works by Matthew Arnold, Arthur Hugh Clough, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Browning, A. C. Swinburne, William Morris, and Thomas Hardy.  His current book project, “Repeat Engagements: Continuities of Mobility, Modernity, and Form in Travel Writing since the Nineteenth Century,” revisits some of travel writing’s most enduring and politically-charged contact zones in an effort to map the unique ways the form seeks to render processes of historical, technological and cultural change. Other on-going research projects include studies of the role and importance of poetry in nineteenth-century European travel guides and the history of poetry as a form of travel discourse.   

Representative Publications

  • “Contemporary Postcolonial Journeys on the Trails of Colonial Travelers.” Forthcoming in the Cambridge Companion to Postcolonial Travel Writing. Ed. Robert Clarke. Cambridge University Press, 2016.
  • “Cosmopolitan Soul:  Travels in Body and Spirit with Browning’s Cleon and Karshish.”  LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory 27:1 (2016): 7-28.
  • “Dickens, Travel Disorientation, and the Emergence of the Modern Literary Travel Essay:  Or, “A Flight” (and “Night Walks”) on Flight.” Studies in Travel Writing 19:4 (2015): 340-57.
  • “Waterloo and its Afterlife in the Victorian Newspaper and Periodical Press.” Special issue of Victorian Periodicals Review 48.4 (Winter 2015). Co-edited with Marysa Demoor.
  • "Convoluted Paths: Mapping Genre in Contemporary Footsteps Travel Writing." Genre 46.3 (2013):  285-315.
  • Victorian Poetry, Europe, and the Challenge of Cosmopolitanism. Ohio University Press, 2011.
  • "He Shall Be a Citizen of the World: Cosmopolitanism and the Education of Pen Browning." Browning Society Notes 32 (2007): 74-82.
  • "Victorian Internationalisms: Response." Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net 48 (November 2007).
  • Tourism and the Knowable Community of Dickens’s American Notes: In Search of the ‘Great Human Family.’” Nineteenth-Century Prose 33.1 (2006): 117-132.

Last Updated: January 22, 2019