Benjamin O'Dell

Dr. Benjamin O'Dell

Assistant Professor of English

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Dr. O'Dell was born and raised in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign along with a M.A. from Miami University and a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh. His research and teaching cross several fields and modes of inquiry including genre, form, and narrative theory; imperialism and postcoloniality; and digital media and pedagogy. His current research project explores how narrative time and temporality became central to the literary engagement of history and historicity once Walter Scott’s historical romances gave way to a range of new genres less obviously concerned with the past. 

Dr. O'Dell lives in Lawrenceville with his wife, daughter, and miniature schnauzer Lizzy. He is eager to discuss contemporary film and television with students. In his spare time, he enjoys running, cooking, and playing pick-up basketball.


  • Doctorate – English – University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Master's – English – Miami University
  • Bachelor's – English – University of Pittsburgh

Academic Interests

  • British Romanticism
  • Victorian literature and culture
  • Genre, form and narrative theory
  • First-year composition
  • Contemporary literature and culture
  • Digital media and pedagogy


  • “Beyond Bengal: Gender, Education, and the Writing of Colonial Indian History.” Victorian India. Spec. issue of Victorian Literature and Culture 42.3 (Fall 2014): 535-551. 
  • “Character Crisis: Hegemonic Negotiations in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” Victorian Literature and Culture 40.2 (Fall 2012): 509-521. 
  • “Performing the Imperial Abject: The Ethics of Cocaine in Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Sign of Four.” The Journal of Popular Culture 45.5 (October 2012): 999-1019.

Professional Affiliations

  • Modern Language Association
  • North American Victorian Studies Association