Lillian R. Nayder

Charles A. Dana Professor of English



Hathorn Hall, Room 311


Lillian Nayder is Professor of English at Bates.  She teaches courses on nineteenth-century British fiction, including “Jane Austen: Then and Now,” “The Brontës,” and “Dickens Revised.”  Her seminar topics include “The Arctic Sublime” and “Victorian Crime Fiction.”  Her research interests center on Charles and Catherine Dickens, Wilkie Collins, and sensation fiction.  Her most recent book, The Other Dickens: A Life of Catherine Hogarth, was published in 2011.


  • Ph.D., University of Virginia, May 1988
  • MA, University of Virginia, May 1982
  • BA, Johns Hopkins University, May 1978

Courses Include:

  • Fictions of Affliction
  • The Arctic Sublime
  • Frankenstein’s Creatures
  • Dickens Revised
  • The Brontës
  • Victorian Crime Fiction
  • Jane Austen: Then and Now
  • The English Novel
  • The Gothic Tradition
  • Introduction to Fiction Writing

Exhibitions, Displays, and Interviews

Exhibitions and Displays


  • Interview by Robert Elms, “The Other Dickens,” BBC Radio London, 4 May 2016.
  •  Interview by Nick Higham, “Was Charles Dickens a Bad Husband?” BBC Radio 4, Six O’Clock News, 3 May 2016.
  • Interview by Eleanor Cunningham, “The Other Dickens,” London Live, BBC 4, 3 May 2016.
  • Interview by Maev Kennedy, “Life of Catherine Dickens to be celebrated in new exhibition,” The Guardian, 3 April 2016.
  • Interview by Sue Perkins, “Mrs. Dickens’s Family Christmas,” BBC2 television, broadcast December 29, 2011.
  • Interview, “Does Charles Dickens Matter?” Speakeasy, Wall Street Journal, 12 December 2010 (with Michael Slater).
  • Interview by Madeline Lewis, “Wilkie Collins,” Composed on the Tongue, WKCR, New York, broadcast 2 October 2005.