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Sarah Bilston
Professor of English
Phone: (860) 297-5264 Office Location: 115 Vernon Street 310
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Trinity College faculty member since 2005 View office hours for Fall 2021
General ProfileTeachingResearchPublications/PresentationsHonors/Awards
D.Phil., Somerville College, Oxford
M.St., Somerville College, Oxford
M.A., Univ. College, Univ. of London
B.A., Univ. College, Univ. of London

Professor Bilston's research focuses on literature of the British Victorian period, particularly fiction and prose non-fiction by women. Her first academic book, The Awkward Age in Women’s Popular Fiction, 1850-1900: Girls and the Transition to Womanhood, was published in 2004 by Oxford University Press. Her latest book, Speaking of Suburbia: The Victorian Suburbs in Literature and Culture, was published by Yale University Press in 2019.  Professor Bilston has also published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and two novels, Bed Rest (published in 2006 in nine languages) and Sleepless Nights (2009).

Professor Bilston teaches a wide range of courses in Victorian literature, from the 200 level (“Victorian Short Fiction”) to the 400/800 level (““British Literature of the 1890s"). A new area of interest is the writing of J.K. Rowling; Professor Bilston taught a First Year Seminar in 2016 entitled “Harry Potter’s Literary Past.”

She was honored to receive the Thomas Church Brownell Prize for Teaching Excellence in 2017.