Dallas Liddle

Professor, Department Co-Chair

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Dallas Liddle received his B.A. from Yale University, then worked as a reporter on a daily newspaper in Kansas before moving to Iowa to earn his Ph.D. in English from the University of Iowa. His courses in nineteenth-century British literature include Reason and Romanticism, Investigating the Victorian Thriller, British Novel: Love and Learn, and Advanced Literary Studies: The Bildungsroman. He teaches writing courses including Effective Writing and Intermediate Expository Writing, and coaches students on writing in Augsburg’s Honors program and the URGO and McNair undergraduate research programs.

Liddle has an international reputation as an expert in nineteenth-century British newspapers and the periodical press. An officer of the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, he has published scholarly articles on Victorian press anonymity, the origins of the newspaper editorial, the journalism of George Eliot, and the journalistic context of the Victorian “sensation novel.” His first book, The Dynamics of Genre: Journalism and the Practice of Literature in Mid-Victorian Britain (University of Virginia Press, 2009), investigated the relationship between literary and journalistic genres in Britain between 1850 and 1865. His current book project, tentatively titled “The Technology of Literary Form,” uses methods pioneered by the digital humanities to trace technological patterns in the development of British novels and newspapers.


  • B.A. Yale University
  • Grinnell College
  • Ph.D. University of Iowa