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Josh King

Dr. Joshua King

Associate Professor
Margarett Root Brown Chair in Robert Browning and Victorian Studies


Romantic and Victorian Literature


Carroll Science, room 317
254) 710-6906
Curriculum Vitae
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Ph.D. Harvard University
B.A. University of Virginia


Joshua King's primary research interests include the history and theory of reading; the relationship between religion and literature; and the history and theory of poetic form (especially prosody).

Selected Publications


Imagined Spiritual Communities in Britain's Age of Print (Ohio State UP, 2015), in the Religion, Literature, and Postsecular Studies book series.

This book demonstrates that nineteenth-century creative authors, journalists, educators, and clergy treated the circulating printed page as a medium for imagining and participating in conflicting versions of a virtual Christian community spanning the British nation.

Peer-Reviewed Articles:

“Newman and Print Culture,” The Oxford Handbook of John Henry Newman, ed. Frederick D. Aquino and Benjamin J. King (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2017): 10,000 words.

“The Inward Turn: The Role of Matthew Arnold,” The Routledge Companion to Literature and Religion, ed. Mark Knight (Routledge, forthcoming early 2016): 8,205 words.

Coauthored with Kristen Pond, “The Oxford Movement,” The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature, ed. Dino Felluga, Pamela K. Gilbert, and Linda K. Hughes, 4 vols. (Blackwell Publishing, 2015): 1231-1239 (4,472 words).

“Christianity: Introduction,” Reading the Abrahamic Faiths: Rethinking Religion and Literature, ed. Emma Mason (Bloomsbury, 2014): 117-129 (4,990 words)

“Coleridge’s Late Confessions: Personification, Convention, and Free Agency,” Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net 61 (2014): 8,084 words.

“John Keble’s Christian Year: Private Reading and Imagined National Religious Community,” Victorian Literature & Culture 40.2 electronic (Summer 2012); print (Sept 2012): 397-420 (13,424 words).

“Coleridge’s Clerisy and Print Culture,” The Coleridge Bulletin ns 40 (Winter 2012): 25-35 pages (5,510 words).

“Wordsworth and Reading Verse,” Essays in Romanticism 19 (Sept. 2012): 19-32 (7,440 words).

“A Post-Secular Victorian Study: Religion, Reading, and Imagining Britain,” Nineteenth-Century Prose 39.1-2 (Spring & Fall 2012): 58-70 (4,005 words).

“Broken Promises and Blind Pleasures in Wordsworth’s ‘The Idiot Boy’,” The CEA Critic 73.3 (Spring 2012): 48-68 (9,725 words).

“Coleridge’s Aids to Reflection, Print Culture, and Mediated Spiritual Community,” European Romantic Review 23.1 electronic (Jan. 2012); print (Feb. 2012): 43-62 (12,056 words).

“Patmore, Hopkins, and the Problem of the English Metrical Law,” The Hopkins Quarterly 38.1-2 (print) and Victorian Poetry 49.2 (electronic) (June 2011): 31-49 (6,896 words).

“‘The Old Cumberland Beggar’: Form and Frustrated Sympathy,” The Wordsworth Circle 41.1 (Winter 2010): 45-52 (35 paragraphs; 7,040 words).

“Hopkins’ Affective Rhythm: Grace and Intention in Tension,” Victorian Poetry 45.3 (Fall 2007): 209-237 (13,661 words).

For more current information about his publications, research interests, and teaching, please visit his Personal Website.

Dr. King also coordinates Baylor's Nineteenth-Century Research Seminar (19CRS). For more information visit: or