Anne DeWitt’s teaching and research focuses on Victorian literature, the history of science, and the intersections between literature and science; she is particularly interested in the novel’s ability to engage in debates about science, religion, and morality. She is the author of Moral Authority, Men of Science, and the Victorian Novel (Cambridge University Press, 2013), which examines how Victorian novels criticized the newly emerging profession of science while asserting their own expertise on moral questions. She is currently beginning a new project about the reception of popular religious novels in the 1880s, which draws on methods from the digital humanities to organize and find patterns in large amounts of historical data.
Teaching and Research Interests
19th and 20th century literature, with a focus on the novel; history of science; science and literature; religion and literature; periodical culture; reception history
Anne Dewitt’s book Moral Authority, Men of Science, and the Victorian Novel (Cambridge 2013) was published in a paperback edition in February 2016.
Her article “Advances in the Visualization of Data: The Network of Genre in the Victorian Periodical” was published in “Digital Pedagogies,” a special issue of the 2015 Victorian Periodicals Review. Each year, the review's editors invite one contributor to the journal to speak about their research; Dewitt was this year’s invited contributor and delivered a talk based on her article at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, in April 2016.