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Department of English and Linguistics - Troy J. Bassett


Professor of English



Originally from northern Minnesota, I attended the California Institute of Technology (B.S. 1994) where I majored in literature and mathematics and the University of Kansas (M.A. 1996, Ph.D. 2002) where I specialized in nineteenth-century British literature.  After teaching at KU and Haskell Indian Nations University, I joined the Purdue Fort Wayne English and Linguistics department in 2007.

My teaching features courses on British literature ranging from general surveys such as British Fiction before 1800 and Nineteenth-Century British Fiction to specific topics such as Fin de Siècle Literature and Sensation Fiction.  In addition, I teach Native American Literature which surveys contemporary authors such as Sherman Alexie and Louise Erdrich.  My general education courses include Ancient and Medieval World Literature, Classical Mythology, and Modern World Literature.

 In my leisure time, I am an avid cricket fan who loves to travel—especially to England to watch it!



University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Ph.D., English (2002)

University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

M.A., English (1996)

California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California

B.S., Mathematics and Literature (1994)


Areas of Expertise

My research focuses on the development of the novel during the Victorian period (1837–1901) in what is now the United Kingdom and Ireland.  This work combines traditional literary analysis and history with the newer fields of Book History and Digital Humanities.  In particular, I am compiling data on novel publication to answer some basic questions such as how many novels were published, who wrote them, and who published them.  My data so far can be found online on my research website, At the Circulating Library: A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901 (  I have used the database to write several articles on Victorian publishing and authorship which have appeared in Book HistoryEnglish Literature in Transition 1880–1920The LibraryPapers of the Bibliographical Society of America, and Victorian Studies.  I am currently completing a book on the history of the Victorian three-volume novel, the prestige format for new fiction during the period. 



  • Western World Masterpieces I
  • Western World Masterpieces II
  • Native American Literature
  • Classical Mythology
  • Victorian Literature
  • British Fiction to 1800
  • Nineteenth-Century British Fiction