Professor Mark Knight

Professor in Literature, Religion and Victorian Studies


Mark Knight joined the Department in January 2016, having taught previously at the University of Toronto and Roehampton University. He has taught widely in the area of British literature post-1800, and specialises in Victorian Literature and Religion.

His books include Chesterton and Evil (Fordham University Press, 2004), Nineteenth-Century Religion and Literature (co-authored with Emma Mason, Oxford University Press, 2006), An Introduction to Religion and Literature (Continuum, 2009), and Good Words: Evangelicalism and the Victorian Novel (The Ohio State University Press, 2019). 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). More recently, Mark 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 most recent monograph, Good Words: Evangelicalism and the Victorian Novel, 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 on Victorian ghost stories, nineteenth-century periodicals, nineteenth-century religion, sensation fiction, Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Oscar Wilde, Marie Corelli, 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.

Mark is general editor of the Oxford University Press journal Literature and Theology, and with Emma Mason he co-edits the Bloomsbury book series New Directions in Religion and Literature. With Lori Branch he co-directed the National Endowment for the Humanities 2016 Summer Seminar on Postsecular Studies and the Rise of the English Novel, and the 2019 NEH Summer Seminar on Religion, Secularism and the Novel.

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

Knight, M. 1/08/2020 In: The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Victorian Women's Writing. Cham : Palgrave Electronic ISBN: 9783030027216.

Studies of Christianity and Judaism
Knight, M. 14/11/2019 In: The Routledge Companion to Victorian Literature. London : Routledge p. 426-435. 10 p. ISBN: 9781138579866.

Wilde's Uses of Religion
Knight, M.J. 1/04/2019 In: Constructing Nineteenth-Century Religion. Ohio State University Press ISBN: 9780814213971. Electronic ISBN: 9780814276938.

Good Words: Evangelicalism and the Victorian Novel
Knight, M.J. 1/03/2019 Columbus : Ohio State University Press. ISBN: 9780814213933.

The Limits of Orthodoxy in a Secular Age: The Strange Case of Marie Corelli
Knight, M.J. 12/2018 In: Nineteenth-Century Literature. 73, 3, p. 379–398. 10 p.
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

Religion and Education
Knight, M.J. 7/07/2016 In: The Oxford Handbook to Victorian Literary Culture. Oxford University Press p. 384-398. 15 p. ISBN: 9780199593736.

The Routledge Companion to Literature and Religion
Knight, M.J. 3/05/2016 Routledge. 454 p. ISBN: 9780415834056. Electronic ISBN: 9780203498910.

Religious Periodicals
Knight, M.J. 2016 In: The Routledge Handbook to Nineteenth-Century British Periodicals and Newspapers. Routledge p. 355-364. 10 p. ISBN: 9781409468882.

Notes Toward a Pedagogy of Unfamiliarity
Knight, M. 1/03/2015
Review article

Religion and Literature
Knight, M.J. 2015 In: Victorian Literature. Routledge p. 180-186. ISBN: 9780415830973, 9780415830980.

Literature and the Bible: a reader
Carruthers, J., Knight, M., Tate, A. 2014 London : Routledge. 370 p. ISBN: 9780415698528.

Knight, M. 1/03/2012 In: Literature and Theology. 26, 1, 2 p.

Religion and Sensation
Knight, M. 2011 In: A Companion to Sensation Fiction. John Wiley and Sons p. 455-465. 11 p. ISBN: 9781405195584.

Wirkungsgeschichte, Reception History, Reception Theory
Knight, M.J. 12/2010 In: Journal for the Study of the New Testament. 33, 2, p. 137-146. 10 p.
Journal article

Sensation Fiction and the Bible
Knight, M. 2010 In: The Blackwell Companion to the Bible in English Literature. Wiley Blackwell p. 577-586. 10 p. ISBN: 9781405131605.

An Introduction to Religion and Literature
Knight, M.J. 15/01/2009 Continuum. 176 p. ISBN: 9780826497024.

Signs Taken for Wonders: Adverts and Sacraments in Chesterton's London
Knight, M.J. 1/01/2009 In: Yearbook of English Studies. 39, 1-2, p. 126-136. 11 p.
Journal article

Figuring out the fascination: Recent Trends in Criticism on Victorian Sensation and Crime Fiction
Knight, M. 2009 In: Victorian Literature and Culture. 37, 1, p. 323-333. 11 p.
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Religion, Literature and the Imagination: Sacred Worlds
Knight, M.J., Lee, L. 2009 Continuum. 194 p. ISBN: 9781847064172.

"The Haunted and the Haunters": Bulwer Lytton's Philosophical Ghost Story
Knight, M.J. 2006 In: Nineteenth-Century Contexts. 28, 3, p. 245-255. 11 p.
Journal article

Biblical Religion and the Novel, 1700-2000
Knight, M.J., Woodman, T. 2006 Ashgate. ISBN: 9780754651178.

Nineteenth-Century Religion and Literature: An Introduction
Knight, M.J., Mason, E. 2006 Oxford : Oxford University Press. 256 p. ISBN: 9780199277117.

Chesterton and Evil
Knight, M.J. 2004 Fordham University Press. 340 p. ISBN: 9780823223091.

Volume 5 of Varieties of Women's Sensation Fiction: Old Myddelton's Money
Knight, M.J. 2004
Other contribution

"Little Dorrit" and Providence
Knight, M.J. 2002 In: Dickens Studies Annual. 32, p. 179-193. 15 p.
Journal article

Chesterton and the problem of evil
Knight, M. 2000 In: Literature and Theology. 14, 4, p. 373-384. 12 p.
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Chesterton, Dostoevsky and Freedom
Knight, M.J. 2000 In: English Literature in Transition. 43, 1, p. 37-50. 14 p.
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G. K. Chesterton and the Cross
Knight, M.J. 2000 In: Christianity and Literature. 49, 4, p. 485-497.
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Rethinking Bibliolatry: Wilkie Collins, William Booth & the Culture of Evangelicalism
Knight, M.J. 2000 In: Wilkie Collins Society Journal. 3, p. 47-58. 12 p.
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