Dr. Antje Anderson

Professor of English
McCormick, 02a


  • Ph.D. English 1998 - Rice University
  • A.M. English / German 1991 - Universität Hamburg
  • B.A. German 1990 - Bowling Green State University


  • Assistant Professor, English Department, Hastings College, 2000-present
  • Adjunct Professor, English Department, Hastings College, 1999-2000
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, English Department, Dickinson College, 1996-1999

Dissertation and M.A. Thesis

  • Dissertation (1998): "Sex and Marriage Plot: Stories of Defloration in the British Novel"
  • M.A. Thesis, Universität Hamburg (1991): "Refunctionalizing Plot: Malory's Morte Darthur in The Once and Future King and The Mists of Avalon"

Publications Articles

  • "Ein Kaufmann 'von sehr englischem Aussehen': Die literarische und soziokulturelle Funktion Englands in Soll und Haben," forthcoming in Florian Krobb, ed. 150 Jahre 'Soll und Haben' (1855): Studien zu Gustav Freytags kontroversem Roman, 2004
  • "Gendered Pleasure, Gendered Plot: Defloration as Climax in Clarissa and Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure," Journal of Narrative Technique 25(2), Spring 1995


  • Second Thoughts: A Focus on Rereading, ed. David Galef, South Central Review 17(4), Winter 2000
  • Dear Reader by Garrett Stewart, Clio 27(3), Spring 1998
  • Understanding Narrative, ed. J. Phelan and P. Rabinowitz, in Novel 29, Winter 1996
  • Virginal Sexuality and Textuality in Victorian Literature, ed. Lloyd Davis, in Nineteenth-Century Prose 20(2), Fall 1993


  • "Character, Incident and Gender: Telling Stories about Men in the Nineteeth-Century Novel," to be presented at the 2004 Narrative Conference in Burlington, VT.
  • "'Als Kaufmann und redlicher Mensch': Masculinity and the Middle Class in Gustav Freytag's Soll und Haben," MLA Convention, San Diego, 2003
  • "Good Business, Bad Business: Gustav Freytag's Credit and Debit and the British Novel," Dickens Project Conference, "Getting And Spending: Victorian Business," Santa Cruz, California, August 2002
  • "Religion and the Rise of Capitalism Revisited: 'Cast Away' and Robinson Crusoe" English Forum, November 2001
  • "Milkmaids: Breastfeeding and Class in Hardy's Tess and Moore's Esther Waters," Narrative Conference, Houston, March 2001
  • "Riotous Feelings: Sex and Class in the Victorian Industrial Novel," English Forum, Hastings College, November 1999
  • "The Marriage Plot in the Industrial Novel: Gaskell, Brontë and the Heterosexual Translation of Class Struggle," Narrative Conference, Darmouth College, April 1999
  • "Mrs. Oliphant and the Early British Suffrage Movement," invited lecture, Hastings College, October 1998
  • "'When a Man Sits Down to Write History': Destabilized Masculinity in the Narrative of Tristram Shandy," Narrative Conference, Evanston, April 1998
  • "The Female Phineas: Political Plot as Seduction Narrative in Trollope's Phineas Finn," Narrative Conference, Gainesville, April 1997
  • "Lucilla Marjoribanks Rules! Political Discourse and Gender in Mrs. Oliphant's Miss Marjoribanks," Comparative Literature Symposium, Tulsa, March 1997
  • "Gendered Pleasure, Gendered Plots: Toward a Feminist Theory of Plot," Narrative Conference, Columbus, April 1996
  • "Not Teaching Writing: The Absence of Composition from German Higher Education," CCCC, Milwaukee, March 1996
  • "Constructing the Prostitute in Cleland's Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure," MLA Convention, Chicago, December 1995
  • "The Marriage Plot and its Sexual Counterplot in Frances Burney's Evelina," SCMLA Annual Meeting, Houston, October 1995
  • "The Missing Event in the European Epistolary Novel: Seduction and Rape in Richardson, LaRoche and Laclos," Narrative Conference, Vancouver, April 1994
  • "Modern and Postmodern Death in Pale Fire," MLA Convention, Toronto, December 1993
  • "'How to Know Whether a Woman Be a Maid or Not': Proving and Feigning Virginity in The Changeling," SCMLA Annual Meeting, Austin, October 1993

Research Interests

  • The History of the British Novel
  • Victorian Literature and Culture
  • The Role of Women in Literature and Society

Professional Activities / Service Activities

  • Conference Organizer, 3-day "Cather in Context" Conference, Hastings College, April 2002.  Keynote Speaker: Sharon O'Brien
  • Hastings College Advocate (advising ca. 15 students from all majors in their first two years in 2-year cycles; includes training sessions, teaching STS 130, registration)
  • Member, International Education Coordinating Committee, Hastings College, Fall 2000-present (I assist with international student events, advise American and German students on the HC exchange program with Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, and host a weekly German Table)
  • Secretary, Humanities Division, 2002-present
  • English Department Representative, Pre-Law Committee, Spring 2003-present
  • Faculty Sponsor, Sigma Tau Delta, English Honorary Society, 2001-present
  • Faculty Sponsor, Hastings College Alliance, 2000-present
  • Informal Advisor for International Students, Dickinson College, 1998-1999

Professional Memberships

  • Modern Language Association (since 1992)
  • Society for the Study of Narrative Literature (since 1993)
  • Sigma Tau Delta (since 1999)
  • American Association of University Professors (since 2000)

Teaching Experience


Hastings College

  • ENG 200: Literature of the Western World
  • ENG 314: Eighteenth-Century British Literature
  • ENG 383: Advanced Composition
  • Lower-level Undergraduate Courses: Multiple sections of Composition (ENG 100); Introduction to Literature (ENG 110); Literature of the Western World (ENG 200)
  • Upper-level Undergraduate Courses: Women in Literature (ENG 307); Eighteenth-Century British Literature (ENG 314): Nineteenth-Century British Literature (ENG 315): The British Novel (ENG 324); Nineteenth-Century American Fiction (ENG 334); multiple sections of Advanced Composition (ENG 383)
  • Interim Courses (3-week January term with non-standard course offerings): Fictions of Adolescence (ENG 232-332); Literature and the Film (ENG 252-352); Detective Fiction and Film (ENG 252-352); Colony, State, Nation: Literature and Politics in Puerto Rico (ENG / POLI 292-392)
  • Freshman Seminar: Living and Learning at Hastings College (STS 130)

Dickinson College

  • Lower-level Undergraduate Courses:  Crossing the Atlantic; Detective Fiction and Film; Women in British Fiction; Fictions of Adolescence; British Detective Fiction (all ENGL 101: Texts and Contexts); Expository Writing (ENGL 211); History and Structure of the English Language (ENGL 213); Critical Approaches and Methods (ENGL 220)
  • Upper-level Undergraduate Courses: The Gothic Novel: Gender and Genre (ENGL 329); The Eighteenth-Century Novel (ENGL 354); The Nineteenth-Century British Novel (ENGL 360); Women in Nineteenth-Century Literature (ENGL 360); Literature and the Industrial Revolution (ENGL 379)