Elsie Michie

Associate Dean

245-B1 Allen Hall

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Humanities & Social Sciences



Social History and the Victorian Novel; Nineteenth-Century Women Novelists (Shelley, Trollope, the Brontes, Gaskell, Eliot, Oliphant); Money in the Novel, Victorian Vulgarity; The Victorian Canon (exclusions as well as inclusions), Political Economy and the Novel; Anthropology and the Novel; the Novel of Manners from Austen to James, History of Realism; Democracy, Sympathy, and Antipathy; Memory and Influence





Elsie Michie received her PhD from Yale in 1984 and came to LSU in 1988 after having taught at Tulane University and Swarthmore College. Her books include Outside the Pale: Cultural Exclusion, Gender Difference and the Victorian Woman Writer (Cornell 1993) and The Vulgar Question of Money: Heiresses Materialism and the Novel of Manners from Jane Austen to Henry James (Hopkins 2011). She is currently working on a book tentatively titled Trollopizing the Canon about France Trollope’s relation to canonical Victorian writers and coediting an essay collection the marriage plot (Ohio State). She is the Executive Secretary for the North American Victorian Studies Association and a frequent faculty member at the Dickens Universe at the University of California Santa Cruz.



The Vulgar Question of Money: Heiresses from Austen to James, Johns Hopkins U. Press (hardback 2011, paperback 2013).

Frances Trollope, Domestic Manners of the Americans. Ed. Elsie B. Michie. World Classics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.

“Literary Intercourse”: Charlotte Brontë, George Henry Lewes, and George Eliot,” George Eliot-George Henry Lewes Studies 69.1 (2017): 35-52.

“Social Distinction in Austen.” In Pride and Prejudice. Norton Critical Edition. Ed. Donald Gray and Mary Favret. (Norton, 2016): 370-80.

“History After Waterloo: Margaret Oliphant Reads Walter Scott,” ELH 80.3 (Fall 2013): 897-916.

“Rich Woman, Poor Woman: Towards an Anthropology of the Nineteenth-Century Marriage Plot,” PMLA 124:2 (March 2009): 421-36.