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Dr. Robert O'Kell

Dean Emeritus, Professor Emeritus, Professor 1970-2014, Faculty of Arts
Office: 618 Fletcher Argue 
Phone: (204) 474-8182

PhD (Indiana University),
Cert. Victorian Studies (Indiana University),
MA (Indiana University),
BA Honours (Carleton University),
Dip. Electronic Engineering (Ryerson)


Areas of Specialization:

Victorian literature, romantic literature, history of the novel, 19th - century politics

Recent Publications:

  • Disraeli: The Romance of Politics, University of Toronto Press, 2013; paperback 2014.
  • “Benjamin Disraeli,” Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature, 2015.
  • “Disraeli and Conservative Politics in Mid-Victorian England,” Dorchester Review (Spring/Summer, 2015).
  • “Past and Present: Young England and Industrial Mediaevalism,” Victorian Review, forthcoming 2016.
Conference Papers:
  • “Classifying Political Enemies: the “Arch Villain” and “the Mephistopheles of Statesmanship.” North American Victorian Studies Association, 2014.
  • “The Victorian Body Politic,” Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada, 2015.
  • “Victorian Advertising and the Idea of the Modern,” International Victorian Modernities Conference, University of Kent, U.K., 2015.
  • Review of Roland Quinault et al., Gladstone: New Studies and Perspectives, forthcoming, 2015, in the Canadian Journal of History.
  • Review of Janice Carlisle, Picturing Reform, forthcoming, 2015, in Victorian Periodicals Review.
  • Review of Benjamin Disraeli Letters, Vol. IX, forthcoming, 2015, in the University of Toronto Quarterly.
  • Review of Benjamin Disraeli Letters, Vol. X, forthcoming, 2016, in Victorian Studies.
  • Review of Daisy Hay, Mr. and Mrs. Disraeli, forthcoming, 2015, in Open Letters Monthly.

Awards, Other Interests, & Recent Undertakings:

  • Oustanding Contribution to Research Award, University of Manitoba, 2013
  • Outstanding Teacher Award, 2007.
  • Outstanding Achievement Award, 2006.
  • Member for Manitoba, Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, 2005-2010.
  • Member, Board of Directors, Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, 2000-2004; 2006-2007; 2009-2010.

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