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Heather Nelson

Visiting Assistant Professor of English / Affiliate Faculty of Women's Studies

Heather Nelson
Contact Info
Psychology Building (PSY) 174



  • Purdue University
    Doctorate of Philosophy, English
    Concentration: Literary Studies
    Major Field: Nineteenth Century
    Secondary Area: Women's Literature and Feminist Theory
  • Wake Forest University
    Master of Arts, English
  • Yale University
    Bachelor of Arts, English Language and Literature

Research Interests


  • "I Do?: Victorian Women, Consent, and Marriage" Colorado State University-Pueblo
  • "Recovery from Engagements: Jilting, Actions for Breach of Promise of Marriage, and Elizabeth Gaskell's Wives and Daughters" Victorians Institute
  • "Consent, Marital Abuse, and Class in Nineteenth-Century England" Miami University
  • "'If You Don't Want to Live With Him Any More You Have a Right to Leave Him': Female Consent, the Matrimonial Causes Act 1857, and the Victorian Divorce Novel" Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies
  • "'When a Daughter Elopes to Gretna, Generally It Is a Wicked Thing': Female Consent, Clandestine Marriage, and Susannah Frances Reynolds's Gretna Green; Or, All for Love" Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies
  • "'Women Made a Fuss About It In Books': A Network of Victorians Against the 'Consensual' Marital Rape Exemption" North American Victorian Studies Association
  • "'Keeping Them Ignorant Who I Was': Performativity and Colonialism in The Female American" Society of Early Americanists
  • "'You Could Be Judas': A Black Slaveowner in Mark Twain's Pudd'nhead Wilson" Society for the Study of Southern Literature
  • "Teaching Jane Austen in a Preparatory School" Jane Austen Society of North America—North Carolina
  • "'Till This Moment, I Never Knew Myself': Developing Self, Love, and Art in Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, and Emma" Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States

Other Activities

In-Progress Manuscript

  • The Law and the Lady: Consent and Marriage in Nineteenth-Century British Literature


  • "'Nothing That She Could Allege Against Him in Judicious or Judicial Ears': 'Consensual' Marital Abuse in Victorian Literature" George Eliot-George Henry Lewes Studies, vol. 69, no. 1, 2017, pp. 89-119
  • "'She sins while she remains away': Marital Consent, Restitution of Conjugal Rights, and Anthony Trollope's Phineas Novels" Victorians: A Journal of Culture and Literature, no. 129, Spring 2016, pp. 98-111
  • "'When a Daughter Elopes to Gretna, Generally It Is a Wicked Thing': Female Consent, Clandestine Marriage, and Susannah Frances Reynolds's Gretna Green; Or, All for Love" ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes and Reviews, vol. 28, no. 2, April-June 2015, pp. 79-86
  • "'You Could Be Judas': Pudd'nhead Wilson's Black Slaveowner" Southern Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of the South, vol. 22, no. 1, Spring/Summer 2015, pp. 16-44

Colorado State University-Pueblo Courses Taught

Fall 2018

Introduction to Literature
Special Topics and Senior Seminar: The Sensation Novel
Special Topics and Studies in Major Writers: Jane Austen

Spring 2018

Introduction to Literature
Literature of England II
Special Topics and Studies in Major Writers: The Brontës and Gaskell

Fall 2017

Introduction to Literature
Literary Criticism and Theory: Shakespeare
Senior Seminar and Special Topics: Jane Austen


  • 18th- and 19th-Century British Women Writers Association
  • American Association of University Professors
  • Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies
  • Jane Austen Society of North America
  • Modern Language Association
  • Nineteenth Century Studies Association
  • North American Victorian Studies Association
  • Victorians Institute
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