Hope Rogers

A.B. University of Georgia (2013)

Hope joined the department in 2013. Her dissertation, Good Girls: Female Agency and Convention in the Nineteenth-Century British Novel, reclaims small, conventional actions, arguing that they offer women meaningful freedom and fulfillment and challenge common conceptions of agency. Often dismissed by critics interested in acts that more clearly make an impact or subvert the dominant order, these actions actually allow women to evade other, more oppressive restrictions. These modest acts, as portrayed by Ann Radcliffe, Jane Austen, Elizabeth Gaskell, Margaret Oliphant, and George Eliot, in turn radically reshape the form of their novels, which eschew major plot developments to highlight small actions.

In 2018-19, Hope’s research will be supported by the Dean’s Completion Fellowship/PGRA Program. Hope has designed and instructed a writing composition course at Mercer County Community College, and she co-taught ENG 339: Jane Austen Then and Now with Professor Claudia L. Johnson in Fall 2017. She also organized the Victorian Colloquium during the 2015-16 academic year.

Selected Publications: 


“The Flat Heroine: Flat Character and Agency in Miss Marjoribanks.” Victorian Literature and Culture, forthcoming.

“Secret Agents: Agency without Responsibility in The Mysteries of Udolpho.” Studies in Romanticism, forthcoming.

“No Triumph without Loss: Problems of Intercultural Marriage in Tolkien’s Works.” Tolkien Studies: An Annual Review 10 (2013): 69-87.