Loyola University Chicago

Department of English

Micael Clarke

Associate Professor

  • Office Location: Crown Center 407
  • Phone Number: 773.508.2797
  • E-mail: mclarke@luc.edu

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


  • BA & MA, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Program Areas

  • Victorian Novel
  • Gender Studies
  • Feminist Theory
  • Theory of the Novel

Research Interests

  • Religion and Literature
  • Secularism
  • William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Charlotte and Emily Brontë

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.