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Brent Kinser

Professor, Department Head, English

Brent Kinser


Phone: 828-227-3976
Office Address: Coulter 307

Brent Kinser specializes in Nineteenth-Century British Literature, particularly life writing and non-fiction. He teaches a variety of graduate, upper-level, and Liberal Studies courses that often seek to combine his expertise in Victorian studies with his work in Digital Humanities. In 2015 he won the College of Arts and Sciences Teaching Award, and since 2016, he has served as Department Head.


  • PhD in English, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2005
  • MA in English, Illinois State University, 2000
  • BA in English, Illinois State University, 1998

Ongoing Editorial Work

  • Editor of The Carlyle Letters Online (Duke UP, 2007– ;, the electronic edition of The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle (Duke UP, 1970– ), for which he serves as an editor.
  • Founding director of the Victorian Lives and Letters Consortium (USC-CDH, 2011– ;

Recent Publications

  • The French Revolution, co-edited (with David Sorensen), Oxford University Press, World’s Classics (2019).
  • On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History, co-edited (with David Sorensen), Yale University Press, Rethinking the Western Tradition (2013).
  • The American Civil War and the Shaping of British Democracy (Ashgate, 2011)

Forthcoming Publications

  • Past and Present, co-edited (with David Sorensen), Oxford University Press, World’s Classics (2021).
  • Thomas Carlyle, The Literary Essays, co-edited (with Chris Vanden Bossche and Fleming McClelland), The Strouse Edition of Carlyle’s Works, University of California Press (2020).

Carlyle’s House Lecture Series

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