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Professor Mark Knight

Mark Knight is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto and is CoRAL's IAS Visiting Fellow for 2014 (May 12-17). He joined Toronto's Department of English in 2012, after a decade teaching at Roehampton University (London, UK). His primary research and teaching interests are in Religion and Literature and Victorian Literature but he is also interested in hermeneutics and literary theory (particularly the work of Hans-Georg Gadamer) and the writing of G. K. Chesterton.

Current projects include: a monograph entitled Good Words: Evangelicalism and the Victorian Novel; a co-authored book (with Emma Mason) for their Bloomsbury series, New Directions in Religion and Literature; and a 40-essay edited volume, The Routledge Companion to Literature and Religion.

Professor Knight is on the editorial board of the journal Literature and Theology. He also co-organizes the Work in Nineteenth-Century Studies (WINCS) seminar series at UofT with Terry Robinson, and co-edits a book series for Bloomsbury, New Directions in Religion and Literature, with Emma Mason.



Literature and the Bible: A Reader. Co-edited with Jo Carruthers and Andrew Tate. London: Routledge, 2013.

Religion, Literature and the Imagination. Collection of essays co-edited with Louise Lee. London: Continuum, 2009.

An Introduction to Religion and Literature. London: Continuum, 2009.

Nineteenth-Century Religion and Literature: An Introduction. Co-authored with Emma Mason. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006.

Biblical Religion and the Novel, 1700-2000. Collection of essays co-edited with Thomas Woodman. Aldershot: Ashgate Press, 2006.

Edition of Mary Cecil Hay’s Old Myddelton’s Money. Volume 5 of Varieties of Women’s Sensation Fiction. Gen. ed. Andrew Maunder. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2004.

Chesterton and Evil. New York: Fordham University Press, 2004.


“Religion and Education.” In The Oxford Handbook to Victorian Literary Culture. Ed. Juliet John. Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2014.

“Signs Taken for Wonders: Adverts and Sacraments in Chesterton’s London.” In G. K. Chesterton, London and Modernity. Eds. Matthew Beaumont and Matthew Ingleby. London: Bloomsbury, 2013. [Revised version of essay first published in Yearbook of English.]

“Religion and Sensation.” In The Blackwell Companion to Sensation Fiction. Ed. Pamela Gilbert. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.

“Wirkungsgeschichte, Reception History, Reception Theory.” Special Issue of Journal for the Study of the New Testament 33.2 (2010): 137-146.

“Saving Literary Criticism” (co-written with Emma Mason). In Mark Knight and Louise Lee, eds. Religion Literature and the Imagination. London: Continuum, 2009.

“Signs Taken for Wonders: Adverts and Sacraments in Chesterton’s London.” Yearbook of English Studies 39.1-2 (2009): 126-36.

“Sensation Fiction and the Bible.” In The Blackwell Companion to the Bible in English Literature. Eds. Rebecca Lemon et al. Oxford: Blackwell, 2009.

“Figuring Out the Fascination: Recent Trends in Criticism on Victorian Sensation and Crime Fiction.” Victorian Literature and Culture 37.1 (2009): 323-333.

“‘The Haunted and the Haunters’: Bulwer Lytton’s Philosophical Ghost Story.” Nineteenth-Century Contexts 28.3 (2006): 245-55.

“A Purely Pure Prayer would be Deadly: Religious Discourse in the Early Novels of All the Year Round.” In Mark Knight and Thomas Woodman, eds. Biblical Religion and the Novel: 1700-2000. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006.

“Little Dorrit and Providence.” Dickens Studies Annual 32 (2002): 179-93.

“Chesterton and the Problem of Evil.” Literature and Theology 14.4 (2000): 373-84.

“Rethinking Bibliolatry: Wilkie Collins, William Booth, and the Culture of Evangelicalism.” Wilkie Collins Society Journal 3 (2000): 47-58.

“G. K. Chesterton and the Cross.” Christianity and Literature 49.4 (2000): 485-97.

“Chesterton, Dostoevsky and Freedom.” English Literature in Transition 43.1 (2000): 37-50.

CoRAL/IAS Visiting Fellow 2014