Assistant Professor, English
Meghan Freeman is an assistant professor in the Department of English, specializing in Victorian and Modern British literature. After receiving her Ph.D. from Cornell University in 2010, Dr. Freeman taught at Tulane University and Oregon State University, before joining the faculty at Manhattanville College in 2013. Her research interests include the intersections between literature, the visual arts, and material culture; nineteenth-century aesthetic theory and art history; Victorian tourism and travel literature; and transatlantic and transnational movements in the fine and decorative arts. Most recently, Dr. Freeman has published an article on museum space in Charlotte Brontë’s Villette (Victorian Literature and Culture) and an essay on the relation between Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe (Edgar Allan 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, which 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.
At Manhattanville, Dr. Freeman teaches courses on nineteenth and twentieth century British literature and on topics such as the English novel, the museum in Victorian literature, literary criticism and critical theory, Victorian material culture, women’s writing, and children’s literature.