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J. Jeffrey Franklin, PhD


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Office Location: 1061 9th Street Park, Room 102
RoomPhone: 303-556-4026 English Department, 303-556-3063 Dean's Office
Fax: 303-556-2959
Office hours: by appointment at NC 5014
Areas of Expertise:
Nineteenth-Century British Literature and Culture, Poetry Writing

Education & Degrees

PhD, English Literature, University of Florida, 1995
MFA, Creative Writing, Poetry, University of Florida, 1991
MS, Science & Technology Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1983
BA, English/Religion, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1977


Jeff Franklin publishes and teaches in two areas: nineteenth-century British literature and culture and poetry writing. His scholarly books are Serious Play: The Cultural Form of the Nineteenth-Century Realist Novel (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999) and The Lotus and the Lion: Buddhism and the British Empire (Cornell University Press, 2008), and his first collection of poetry is For the Lost Boys (Ghost Road Press, 2006). He lives in Denver with his wife, Judy Lucas.

Select Publications

2009 Franklin, J. Jeffrey. The Lotus and the Lion: Buddhism and the British Empire. New Delhi, India: Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers, 2009. [A republication by a separate publisher in India.]

2008 Franklin, J. Jeffrey. The Lotus and the Lion: Buddhism and the British Empire. Ithaca, NY: Cornell UP, 2008.

2006 Franklin, Jeffrey. For the Lost Boys. Denver: Ghost Road Press, 2006.

2005 Franklin, J. Jeffrey. "The Life of the Buddha in Victorian England." English Literary History (ELH) 72 (winter 2005): 941-974.

2003 Franklin, J. Jeffrey. "Anthony Trollope Meets Pierre Bourdieu: The Conversion of Capital as Plot in the Mid-Victorian British Novel." Victorian Literature and Culture 31.2 (summer 2003): 501-521.

2003 Franklin, J. Jeffrey. "The Counter-Invasion of Britain by Buddhism in Marie Corelli's A Romance of Two Worlds and H. Rider Haggard's Ayesha: The Return of She." Victorian Literature and Culture 31.1 (spring 2003): 19-42.

2001 Franklin, J. Jeffrey. "Memory as the Nexus of Identity, Empire, and Evolution in George Eliot's Middlemarch and H. Rider Haggard's She." Cahiers victoriens & édouardiens 53 (2001): 141-170.

1999 Franklin, J. Jeffrey. Serious Play: The Cultural Form of the Nineteenth-Century Realist Novel. Philadelphia: U Pennsylvania P, 1999.

Individual poems published in journals such as Arts & Letters, Crab Orchard Review, Measure, New England Review, Shenandoah, Southern Poetry Review, and Best American Poetry.

Courses Taught

ENGL 6018, The Literature of Victorian Religion
ENGL 6015, From Decadence to Modernism: British Literature 1880-1920
ENGL 6001, Critical Theory in Literature and Film
ENGL 5100, Literary Research and Writing (methods course for MA students)
ENGL 4999, Victorian Masculinities
ENGL 4803, Special Topics in Creative Writing: The Forms of Poetry
ENGL 4700/5004, Literature of the British Empire
ENGL 4600/5600, Modern British and Irish Literature
ENGL 4580/5580, The Victorian Age (British literature 1837-1901)
ENGL 4320/5320, History of Poetry in English
ENGL 4210/5210, History of the English Novel II (19th-20th century)
ENGL 4200/5200, History of the English Novel I (17th-18th century)
ENGL 4025, Advanced Writing Workshop: Poetry
ENGL 4180, Argumentation and Logic
ENGL 4000/5000, Major Authors: Thomas Hardy & D.H. Lawrence
ENGL 3330, Gothic Literature
ENGL 3020, Creative Writing Workshop: Poetry
ENGL 3001, Critical Writing (Introduction to literary theory, scholarship, writing)
ENGL 2154, Introduction to Creative Writing
ENGL 1400, Introduction to Literary Studies
UHL 3502, The Literature and History of Science in the Nineteenth Century