Loyola University Chicago

Department of English


Micael Clarke

Title/s:  Associate Professor

Specialty Area: Theory of the novel, feminist theory, Victorian novel, William Thackeray, the Brontes

Office #:  Crown Center 407

Phone: 82797



Offices Held:

Director, Undergraduate Programs in English, Loyola University Chicago, 2005-09

Director, Center for Faith and Mission, Loyola University Chicago, 2002-04

Vice President, President, Midwest Victorian Studies Association, 2001-05

Director of Writing Programs, Loyola University Chicago, 1994-1999


B.A., M.A., University of Illinois at Chicago

Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Research Interests

Victorian Novel; Religion and Literature; Secularism; Gender Studies; William Makepeace Thackeray; Charlotte and Emily Brontë

Selected Publications

Selected Publications


Thackeray and Women. Northern Illinois University Press, 1995.

In Progress: Emily Brontë and Mysticism.


[Forthcoming]  “Willie Collins’s Moonstone, and the Emergence of a Global Secular Modernity,” Religion and Literature, vol. 49, no. 2, Fall 2018, Notre Dame University.

“Charlotte Brontë’s Villette, Mid-Victorian Anti-Catholicism, and the turn to Secularism.”  ELH, vol. 78, 2011, pp. 967-989. 

“Emily Brontë’s ‘No Coward Soul’ and the Need for a Religious Literary Criticism.” Victorians Institute Journal, vol. 37, 2009, pp. 195-223.

“Celluloid Satire, or the Moviemaker as Moralist:  Mira Nair’s Adaptation of Thackeray’s Vanity Fair.”  In In/Fidelity:  Essays on Film Adaptation. Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008, pp. 38-59. 

“Teaching Hopkins Without Embarrassment:  Catholic Identity and Intellectual Integrity.” America, vol. 184, May 21, 2001, pp. 6-11. 

“Brontë's Jane Eyre and the Grimms' Cinderella: Fairy Tale as Feminist Allegory." Studies in English Literature, vol. 40, Autumn 2000, pp. 695-710.