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Meghan Freeman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Dr. Meghan Freeman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English. She received her Ph.D. from Cornell University in 2010, where she specialized in the literature and culture of the Victorian era. Before joining the faculty at Manhattanville, she taught at Tulane University and was an assistant professor at Oregon State University.

Her teaching and research interests include the intersections between literature, the visual arts, and material culture; nineteenth-century aesthetic theory and art history; transatlantic and transnational movements in the arts; children's literature; and mystery stories and detective fiction.

Recent scholarship by Professor Freeman includes an article on museum space in Charlotte Brontë's Villette (forthcoming in Victorian Literature and Culture) and an essay on the relation between Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe (Poe In Context, Cambridge UP). She is currently at work on a book project, tentatively titled To Have and Behold: The Aesthetic Encounter in Victorian Literature. Looking at novels, short stories, and narrative poetry, her manuscript investigates how representations of viewership by nineteenth-century British and American authors intercede in the public debate about the institutionalization of aesthetic experience via spaces such as the drawing room, gallery and museum.