1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences

Stephen Arata


442 Bryan Hall

Office Hours:

W 12:15-1:45

R 3:30-5:00

Class Schedule:

MW 2:00-3:15, 3:30-4:45


Ph.D. Chicago 1990
M.A. William & Mary 1984
B.A. William & Mary 1980


19th C British, 20th C British, Modernism


Fictions of Loss in the Victorian Fin de Siècle, Cambridge University Press, 1996

(paperback, 2008)

Edited Works

H.G. Wells The Time Machine, W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2008
George Gissing New Grub Street , Broadview Press, 2007
William Morris News from Nowhere , Broadview Press, 2002

Forthcoming Works


A Companion to the Novel (co-edited with J. Paul Hunter and Jennifer Wicke), Blackwell (Editor)

(forthcoming 2014).

The New Edinburgh Edition of the Collected Works of Robert Louis Stevenson (General Co-Editor with Richard Dury, Penny Fielding, and Anthony Mandal), 39 volumes, Edinburgh University Press (Editor)

First 8 volumes forthcoming 2013.


  • “On E. W. Lane’s Edition of The Arabian Nights’ Entertainments, 1838.” BRANCH: Britain, Representation and Nineteenth-Century History. Ed. Dino Franco Felluga. Extension of Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net. (http://www.branchcollective.org/). 2012.
  • “The Victorian Fin de Siècle,” in New Cambridge History of English Literature: The Victorian Period, ed. Kate Flint (Cambridge University Press, 2012): 124-147.
  • “Rhyme, Rhythm, and the Materiality of Poetry,” Victorian Studies 53: 3 (Spring 2011): 518-526.
  • “The Impersonal Intimacy of Marius the Epicurean,” Feeling Victorian Reading, ed. Rachel Ablow and David Kurnick (University of Michigan Press, 2010): 131-156.
  • “Stevenson and Fin-de-Siècle Gothic,” in Companion to Robert Louis Stevenson, ed. Penny Fielding (Edinburgh University Press, 2010): 53-69.
  • “Stevenson’s Close Observances,” Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net 47 (August 2007). http://www.ron.umontreal.ca
  • "Late-Victorian Realism," in Cambridge Companion to the Fin de Siècle, ed. Gail Marshall (Cambridge University Press, 2007: 165-188.
  • "On Not Paying Attention," Victorian Studies 46 (2004): 193-205.
  • "Oscar Wilde and Jesus Christ," in Wilde Writings, Contextual Conditions, ed. Joseph Bristow (University of Toronto Press, (2002): 254-72.
  • "Scott's Pageants: The Example of Kenilworth," Studies in Romanticism 40 (2001): 99-107.
  • "The Secret Agent," in A Joseph Conrad Companion, ed. Leonard Orr and Ted Billy, Greenwood Press (1999): 165-94.
  • "1897," in the Blackwell Companion to Victorian Literature and Culture, ed. Herbert Tucker, Blackwell, (1998): 51-68.
  • "Realism, Sympathy, and Gissing's Fictions of Failure," Victorians Institute Journal 23 (1995): 27-49.
  • "The Sedulous Ape: Atavism, Professionalism, and Stevenson's Jekyll and Hyde," Criticism 37 (1995): 233-58.
  • "Strange Cases, Common Fates: Degeneration and the Victorian Fin-dè-Siecle," in Robert Newman, ed., Centuries' Ends, Narrative Means Stanford U P (1995): 171-90.
  • "Object Lessons: Reading the Museum in The Golden Bowl," in Alison Booth, ed., Famous Last Words, U Press of Virginia (1993): 199-229.
  • "A Universal Foreignness: Kipling in the Fin-de-Siecle," ELT 36 (1993): 1-38.
  • "The Occidental Tourist: Dracula and the Anxiety of Reverse Colonization," Victorian Studies 33 (1990): 621-45. Rpt. in The Horror Reader, ed. Kent Gelder (2000), in Dracula: A Casebook, ed. Glennie Byron, The Norton Critical Edition of Dracula, ed. Nina Auerbach and David Skal (1997), and in The Critical Response to Bram Stoker, ed. Carol Senf (1994).

Selected Recent Lectures and Conferences

  • “The Modernity of the 1880s,” Keynote Address, Symposium on “British Writing in the 1880s: Literary History’s Uncertain Decade,” University of Edinburgh (Edinburgh, Scotland), March 2012.
  • “Decadent Form,” Keynote Address, Conference on “Decadent Poetics” organized by the Centre for Victorian Studies, University of Exeter (Exeter, UK), July 2011.
  • “Printed Talk: Close Reading ‘Of King’s Treasuries’,” North American Victorian Studies Association Conference (Montreal, Quebec), November 2010.
  • “Realism, Limited,” Conference on “The Novel and Its Borders” organized by The Centre for the Novel (Aberdeen, Scotland), July 2008.
  • “The Impersonal Intimacy of Marius the Epicurean,” Modern Language Association Convention (Chicago, IL), December 2007.
  • “Singing Fire: Walter Pater and the Secrets of Consciousness,” Victorians Institute Conference (Tuscaloosa, AL), November 2007.
  • “Imperial Aestheticism,” Plenary Speaker, International Conference on Nation and Identity in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Literature in English, Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia (Murcia, Spain), September 2007.
  • “Hard, Gem-like Flames,” North American Victorian Studies Association Conference (Toronto, ON), October 2004.
  • “The Victorian Novel” and “Victorian Theatre and Poetry,” Seventeenth Annual University of Virginia and University of Oxford Seminar, on “The Victorian Age,” Trinity College (Oxford, UK), August 2004.
  • “Observing The Wrecker,” Plenary Speaker, International Conference on Robert Louis Stevenson and Joseph Conrad (Edinburgh, Scotland), July 2004.
  • “Freud’s Physiognomy,” Modern Language Association Convention (San Diego, CA), December 2003.
  • “On the Value of Not Paying Attention,” North American Victorian Studies Association Conference (Bloomington, IN), October 2003
  • “Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson,” Invited Lecture, Smithsonian Institution (Washington, D.C.), April 2003.
  • “Art and Pleasure, Literature and Reading,” Second International Conference on Robert Louis Stevenson (Gargnano, Italy), August 2002.

Selected Awards and Professional Activity

  • Richard A. and Sarah Page Mayo NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor, 2007-2010
  • Nominee, State Council on Higher Education Outstanding Faculty Award, 2007, 1996
  • Elected to Advisory Board, North American Victorian Studies Association, 2009-12
  • Fulbright Selection Committee, University of Virginia, 2007-2009, 2011
  • J. William Fulbright Scholarship (Shillong, India), 1999
  • Alumni Board of Trustees Outstanding Teaching Award, 1996
  • American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, 1993-1994
  • MLA: Executive Committee, Late Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century English Literature, 2005-2009 (Chair, 2009); Delgate Assembly, 2006-2008
  • NAVSA, Donald Gray Prize Committee, 2007-2008 (Chair, 2007)
  • Lilly Teaching Fellowship, 1992-93
  • Marc Perry Galler Prize for Distinguished Dissertation, University of Chicago, 1991
  • William Rainey Harper Dissertation Fellowship, University of Chicago, 1988-89
  • Mrs. Giles Whiting Dissertation Fellowship, 1988-89