Dr Mark Knight

Senior Lecturer


Mark Knight joined the Department in January 2016, having taught previously at the University of Toronto (January 2012 - December 2015) and Roehampton University (September 2001 and December 2011). He has taught widely in the area of British literature post-1800, and his main research interests are Victorian Literature, Religion and Literature, and the work of G. K. Chesterton.

Mark's books include Chesterton and Evil (Fordham University Press, 2004), Nineteenth-Century Religion and Literature (co-authored with Emma Mason, Oxford University Press, 2006) and An Introduction to Religion and Literature (Continuum, 2009). He has co-edited collections on religion and literature for Ashgate (2006) and Continuum (2009), and is the co-editor of Literature and the Bible: A Reader (Routledge, 2013). Most recently, Mark has edited The Routledge Companion to Literature and Religion (2016), a major work with new essays by 40 leading international scholars from departments of literature, religion and theology.

Mark's latest book, Good Words: Evangelicalism and the Victorian Novel, will be published by Ohio State University Press in 2019. The book argues for the importance of evangelicalism on the development of the Victorian novel, and includes chapters on Thackeray's Vanity Fair, Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities, Collins's The Moonstone, the periodical Good Words (and the fiction of Ellen Wood and George MacDonald), and Samuel Butler's The Way of All Flesh.

In addition to the projects described above, Mark has published essays on Victorian ghost stories, nineteenth-century periodicals, sensation fiction, and the hermeneutics of Hans-Georg Gadamer. New projects include a book on Oscar Wilde's religion, and an essay on Alice Meynell's literary experiments in natural theology.

With Emma Mason, Mark co-edits the Bloomsbury book series New Directions in Religion and Literature. He is also on the editorial board of the journal Literature and Theology, and, with Lori Branch, co-directed the National Endowment for the Humanities 2016 Summer Seminar on Postsecular Studies and the Rise of the English Novel.

Mark has supervised and examined PhD students in Britain, Canada and the USA, and he would be delighted to hear from anyone with related research interests who is interested in coming to do their PhD at Lancaster.

The Limits of Orthodoxy in a Secular Age: The Strange Case of Marie Corelli
Knight, M.J. 26/06/2018 In: Nineteenth-Century Literature.
Journal article

Why the Postsecular Matters: Literary Studies and the Rise of the Novel
Branch, L., Knight, M.J. 1/06/2018 In: Christianity and Literature. 67, 3, p. 493-510. 18 p.
Journal article

Victorian Literature and the Variety of Religious Forms
Knight, M.J. 06/2018 In: Victorian Literature and Culture. 46, 2, p. 517-529. 13 p.
Journal article

Good Words: Evangelicalism and the Victorian Novel
Knight, M.J. 2018 Ohio State University Press.

Wilde's Uses of Religion
Knight, M.J. 2018 In: Constructing Nineteenth-Century Religion. Ohio State University Press