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Anne DeWitt

Clinical Associate Professor
(212) 998-7260
405 - 1 Wash Pl

Office Hours
Tuesday 11:00-12:00, 2:00-4:00 (BY APPT)
Thursday 11:00-12:00 (BY APPT)

B.A., Chemistry, Middlebury College, 2002
Ph.D., English, Yale University, 2009

Anne DeWitt's teaching and research focuses on Victorian literature, the history of science, and the intersections between literature and science; she is interested in the novel's ability to engage in debates about science, religion, and morality, as well as in how readers understand these engagements. 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. Her current work includes a book-length project about the reception of popular religious fiction in the 1880s, and a study of poetry about evolution published in Victorian newspapers and magazines.



Moral Authority, Men of Science, and the Victorian Novel

Anne DeWitt's Moral Authority, Men of Science, and the Victorian Novel was published by Cambridge University Press.

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 

Recent News


DeWitt, Anne, and Kathleen Sheppard, eds. The Correspondence of John Tyndall, Volume 12 The Correspondence, March 1871 - May 1872. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2023.

DeWitt contributed the essay “Miracles at the Metaphysical Society” for the chapter titled, “Expertise in the Miracles Debate,” in Metaphysical Society (1869-1880): Intellectual Life in Mid-Victorian England, edited by Richard England, Bernard Lightman, and Catherine Marshall (Oxford University Press, September 2019).

DeWitt contributed the essay “Gender and Genre in reviews of the Theological Novel” in Women, Periodicals, and Print Culture in Britain, 1830’s-1890’s, edited by Alexis Easley, Clare Gill, and Beth Rodgers (Edinburgh University Press, 2019).

Anne DeWitt