Marjorie Stone

Professor Emeritus


Phone: 902-494-3876
Mailing Address: 
Room 3196, McCain Building, 6135 University Avenue
PO BOX 15000, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Victorian literature
  • Gender studies
  • 19th century British culture
  • Health and literature

Teaching and Research Areas: 19th-Century Literature (especially Victorian); IImmigration and Citizenship Studies; 19th-Century Transnationalism; Literature and Medicine; Gender Studies; Literary Collaboration and Collaboration Theory.


  • BA (Guelph)
  • MA, MPhil (Waterloo)
  • PhD (Toronto)


Marjorie Stone’s research projects for 2010-12 include two continuing projects and one new project.  The new project is research for a book with the working title “Citizenship Formations: Nineteenth-Century Transnationalist Networks,”  treating a range of 19th-century English, American and Italian writers and activists, including the Brownings, Tennyson, George Eliot, Joseph Mazzini, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Frances Harper. Focusing on the international linkages of these and other figures, the project centers on new forms of cosmopolitan citizenship generated by transformative international movements in the nineteenth century (anti-slavery, Italian liberation, Ragged Schools,  women’s rights, peace and free trade, Zionism, and the anti-trafficking campaign led by Josephine Butler, often labelled the “white slavery” controversy).  Professor Stone has received a 2010-11 National Humanities Centre Fellowship to initiate work on this book, which grows out of a graduate seminar she has now taught several times (“Race, Religion, Gender and Nation in the Nineteenth Century”), her research on Elizabeth Barrett Browning (EBB) and other Victorian writers, and interests in citizenship theory fostered through her work from 2004-7 as a Center Director for the Metropolis Project on migration, citizenship and diversity. 

She is also working on two continuing projects on EBB, related to her work as Volume Co-Editor for 3 of 5 volumes in The Works of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (Pickering and Chatto, 2010). These include development of a SSHRC-funded digital archive of scholarly resources on EBB  and a book on EBB’s manuscripts and cultural contexts with the working title, The Black Dove’s Mark: The Elizabeth Barrett Browning Archives and Nineteenth-Century Literary History

Selected Publications

  • The Works of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (Pickering and Chatto, 2010)
    (Volume Co-Editor for Volumes I, II and V)
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning: Selected Poems (Broadview, 2009). Co-Editor.
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning 1806-2006: A Bicentenary Issue (Guest-Edited Special Issue ofVictorian Poetry (2006), Co-Editor.
  • Literary Couplings and the Construction of Authorship: Writing Couples, Collaborators and the Construction of Authorship, Co-Editor (Wisconsin UP, 2006)
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning. (Macmillan, 1995).
  • Essays in Jeremy Bentham: Critical Assessments (1995); Norton Critical Edition of "Aurora Leigh" (1996); Browning in Contexts (1998); Critical Essays on Elizabeth Barrett Browning(1999); The Culture of Christina Rossetti (1999); Between Ethics and Aesthetics (2001);Elizabeth Barrett Browning (Ed. Harold Bloom, 2002); Women and Literary History (2003);Victorian Women Poets (2003);  the Dictionary of National Biography (2004); Immigration, Integration and Citizenship in 21st-Century Canada (2008); Romantic Echoes in the Victorian Era (2008)
  • Articles in Victorian StudiesVictorian PoetryVictorian ReviewDickens Studies Annual,Victorian Literature and CultureThe Dalhousie ReviewEnglish Studies in CanadaStudies in Browning and His CircleAtlantis, and other journals.

Professional and Administrative Positions

Advisory Board, North American Victorian Studies Association (2004-7); Director, Atlantic Metropolis Centre (2004-7);Dalhousie Metropolis Project Coordinator (2001-4); Dalhousie Representative, Humanities and Social Sciences Federation of Canada (2000-2002); Assistant Dean Research, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Dalhousie (1999-2002); President, Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (1996-98); Editorial Boards, English Studies in Canada (1995-98), Victorian Review (1998-present)

Current research:19th-Century Literature (especially Victorian Poetry); Nineteenth-Century Transnational Networks; Anti-slavery Writing; English and American Responses to the Italian Risorgimento; Citizenship Theories; Sex-Trafficking; Literature and Health

Authors: the Brownings, Tennyson, Victorian Women Writers, Frederick Douglass, the Brontes, Christina and Dante Gabriel Rossetti; have also published on Elizabeth Gaskell, Charles Dickens, Maxine Tynes, Toni Morrison, and other writers.

Grants and Awards

  • SSHRC Research Grant (2007-11),“Elizabeth Barrett Browning Scholarly Edition and Archive; Nation, Migration  and Citizenship in the Nineteenth Century”.
  • SSHRC Strategic Grant, Atlantic Metropolis Centre (2004-7, 2007-11), Co-Applicant
  • SSHRC Research Grant (2002-2005): "The Elizabeth Barrett Browning Archives and Nineteenth-Century Literary History"
  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Teaching Award, 2001;
  • SSHRC Research Grant (1994-97):” Elizabeth Barrett Browning: Her Manuscripts, Her Contexts, Her Contemporaries”
  • SSHRC New Researcher Grant & Research Time Stipend (1990-93: “Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Manuscripts”
  • SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Toronto.