Randall Craig


Ph.D., Wisconsin

British Fiction and Narrative Theory

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Randall Craig’s primary teaching and research interests are in the areas of British fiction, Victorian literature, and narrative theory. His recent work has been in the field of law and literature, and he is currently working on a study of cultural, political, legal, and literary narratives written both by and about Caroline Norton.


Promising Language: Betrothal in the Victorian Law and Fiction (SUNY Press, 2000).

The Tragicomic Novel: Studies in a Fictional Mode from Meredith to Joyce (University of Delaware Press, 1989).

The Narratives of Caroline Norton (Palgrave Macmillan 2009).


“Legal Action and Romantic Reaction in Fictional Victorian Courtrooms” in Law, Trials, and the British Cultural Imagination: The Function of the Courtroom at the Present Time, 1830-1930, ed. Julie English Early and Sheila Sullivan (under review).

“Fictional License: the Case of (and in) Great Expectations, Dickens Studies Annual (forthcoming).

“Unanswerable Questions from Janice Galloway,” Writers Online. 8:2 (Spring 2004), www.albany.edu/writers-inst/online.htm.

“Songdongs and Mongrels: An Introduction to Colum McCann,” Writers Online, 7:2 (Spring 2003), www.albany.edu/writers-inst/online.htm.

“The Role of Legal Fictions in Great Expectations,” International Narrative Conference, University of California at Berkeley, 2003.

“Law v. Literature and Vice Versa: Licensing the Imagination,” Peking University, May, 2002.

“Breach of Promise Trials in Victorian Law and Literature,” Cycnos 19 (2002), 1-8.

“Bernardine Evaristo: an Introduction,” Writers Online, 7:1 (Fall 2002), www.albany.edu/writers-inst/online.htm.

“‘Help me Miss Martineau’: Legal Fiction, License of the Bar, and the Narratives of Caroline Norton,” International Narrative Conference, Emory University 2000.



The Victorian Political Novel

Cross-Examination: Law and Literature in Nineteenth-Century England

Thackeray and Dickens

Henry James


Imagining the Victorians

Women Writers: Wollstonecraft to Eliot

The Brontës

Critical Writing

British Novel I and II

The Victorian Period