Anita Wilson

Anita WilsonAssociate Professor

377 Bachelor Hall
Oxford Campus


  • PhD, English, SUNY-Stony Brook, 1981
  • MA, English, State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • BA, Psychology, Manhattanville College

Teaching Interests

  • Children’s literature
  • Victorian studies
  • Dickens
  • Childhood, identity, and culture in literature
  • Old English literature

Research Interests

  • Images of childhood in Victorian literature
  • The life and work of Victorian novelist Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Social history and children’s literature of Victorian England

Selected Publications

  • “Elizabeth Gaskell’s Subversive Icon: Motherhood and Childhood in Ruth.” The Gaskell Society Journal. 17 (2002).
  • Private Voices: The Diaries of Elizabeth Gaskell and Sophia Holland (with John V. Chapple. St. Martin’s Press, 1996).
  • “The Shining Garb of Wonder: Literary Fairy Tales in Mid–Victorian England.” Cahiers Victoriens et Edouardiens no.37 (1993): 73-93.
  • “Mother and Writer: A Study of Elizabeth Gaskell’s Diary.” The Gaskell Society Journal7 (1993): 67-79.
  • “The Benevolent Forest: The Children’s Literature of A.A. Milne” and “A Small World of Everyday Pleasures: A. A. Milne’s Poetry for Children.” Selected for reprinting inTwentieth Century Literary Criticism, eds. Jennifer Baise and Thomas Ligotti. Gale Research Publications 88 (2000): 228-233 and 240-245. Originally published inTouchstones: Reflections on the Best in Children’s Literature.
  • “To Instruct and to Amuse: Victorian Views of Aesop’s Fables.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 9.2 (1985).

Work in Progress

Images of childhood in Elizabeth Gaskell’s work, which encompasses a variety of social classes and family structures in mid-Victorian England. Parent-child realtionships in traditional and alternative families; education; work and play; material aspects of childhood such as food, and housing.