Colleen Lannon

|Senior Lecturer
Academic Appointments


My background is in Victorian and modernist British literature; I use the works of those periods to engage students in the ongoing conversation of academic scholarship. My teaching is informed by my 20 years’ experience as a professional business writer and editor. I focus on helping students gain a level of rhetorical flexibility that will serve them well in the social and professional environments they will encounter after graduation.


37 Dewey Fld Rd, Room 223
HB 6250


Institute for Writing and Rhetoric, Institute for Writing and Rhetoric


  • B.A. Harvard University
  • Ph.D. Boston College

Selected Publications

  • “Whose Fault? The Speculator’s Guilt in Little Dorrit.” Victorian Literature and Culture (forthcoming).

  • “Landscaping.” Review of Hardy’s Geography: Wessex and the Regional Novel. By Ralph Pite (Palgrave, 2002). Essays in Criticism 55.1 (15 January 2005): 88-95.

Speaking Engagements

  • “Whose Fault? The Spectator's Guilt in Little Dorrit,” Harvard Humanities Center Seminar, Cambridge, MA, Dec. 6, 2007.

  • “Joyce’s Colonial ‘Hades:’ Memory, Geography, and Writing the Nation,” M/MLA Convention, Milwaukee, WI Nov. 10-13, 2005.

  • "Gambling and Speculation in Mid-Victorian England: Middlemarch and the Search for Value," RMMLA Conference, Missoula, MT October 9-11, 2003.