Victoria Olwell

Associate Professor

414 Bryan Hall

Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:00 – 3:00, and at other times by appointment.
Class Schedule: TR 09:30-10:45, 12:30-1:45

American, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Modernism


Ph.D. University of Chicago, 2003
M.A. University of Chicago, 1990
B.A. University of Virginia, 1989



Book in Progress: States of Mind:  Consent and Literature in the United States. 

The Genius of Democracy, Philadelphia: The University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011


  • "'I Never Heard Anything So Monstrous!': Developmental Psychology, Narrative Form, and the Age of Consent in What Maisie Knew," in Que(e)rying Consent, eds. Keja Valens and Jordana Greenblatt (Rutgers UP 2018).
  • "The Uses of 'Culture,'" American Literary History (Spring 2016) 28 (1): 170-178
  • 'It Spoke Itself': Female Genius and Eccentric Politics," American Literature, March 2005.
  • "The Body Types: Corporeal Documents and Body Politics Circa 1900," in Literary Secretaries/Secretarial Culture, ed. Leah Price and Pamela Thurschwell (Aldershot: Ashgate Press 2005).
  • "Typewriters and the Vote," Signs 29 (Autumn 2003): 55-83.
  • “Weeping Men” (book review), The Minnesota Review 52-4 (Fall 2001): 353-357.

Awards and Honors

  • University Teaching Fellowship, 2007-2008
  • University of Virginia Summer Research Grant, 2007
  • University of Virginia Summer Research Grant, 2006
  • Lantern Society’s Award for Women’s Education, Spring 2005
  • Walter and Carol Blair Dissertation-Year Fellowship, 1999-2000
  • Norman Maclean Instructorship, Winter 1996
  • Marcia Tillotson Travel Grant, Fall 1995
  • Honorable Mention, Best Graduate Student Paper Contest, American Women
  • Writers of Color Conference, October 1995.
  • Mellon Summer Dissertation Grant, 1993
  • Award from Waller Scholarship Fund, University of Chicago, 1991
  • Graduate Fellowship, University of Chicago, 1990-93
  • Century Scholarship, University of Chicago, 1989
  • Wagenheim Scholarship, University of Virginia, 1988