Constance Harsh - English Faculty - Colgate University

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Constance Harsh

Interim Dean of the Faculty and Provost; Professor of English
Provost and Dean of Faculty, 103 McGregory Hall
p 315-228-7222


BA, MA, PhD, University of Pennsylvania


19th-century British fiction


Victorian fiction, George Gissing, John Cowper Powys, British fiction of the 1890s, late-Victorian publishing and reviewing practices

Professional Experience

  • Chair of the Department of English, 2014-
  • Director of the Division of University Studies, 2009-2013
  • Co-Chair, Middle States Self-Study (2008 reaccreditation)
  • University Professor and Chair of Core 152, “Challenges of Modernity,” 1996-1998
  • University Professor and Chair of GNED 102, “The Challenge of Modernity,” 1994-1995


  • “Gissing and Women in the 1890s: The Conditions and Consequences of Narrative Sympathy,” George Gissing and the Woman Question: Convention and Dissent, ed. Christine Huguet and Simon J. James (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013) 29-39.
  • “Gissing and Religion: Some Aspects of His Use of Christianity in His Fiction,” Writing Otherness: The Pathways of George Gissing’s Imagination, ed. Christine Huguet ([Haren]: Equilibris, 2010) 217-36.
  • “Fantasies of Recuperation in Eve's Ransom,” Eve's Ransom: George Gissing e le sfide del romanzo tardo-vittoriano, ed. Maria Teresa Chialant, Studi di Anglistica 22 (Rome: Aracne, 2010) 67-82.
  • “‘The Foolish Virgin’ and the One Thing Needful,” Spellbound, George Gissing, ed. Christine Huguet ([Haren]: Equilibris, 2008) II: 109-17.
  • A Sunless Heart, by Edith Johnstone (Peterborough: Broadview, 2008).
  • “The Ambivalently Modern Master: Hedges against the Modern in Meredith’s The Amazing Marriage,” ELT 48 (2005): 436-58.
  • “The Text of Eve’s Ransom: Insights from the Illustrated London News Serialization,” Gissing Journal 41.3 (July 2005): 1-9.
  • “Flowers on the Dunghill in The Nether World,” Victorian Newsletter 102 (2002): 9-15.
  • “Eliza Lynn Linton as a New Woman Novelist,” The Rebel of the Family, ed. Deborah Meem (Peterborough: Broadview, 2002) 456-74.
  • “Putting Idiosyncrasy in Its Place: Michael Armstrong in Light of Trollope's Early Fiction,” Frances Trollope and the Novel of Social Change, ed. Brenda Ayres (Westport: Greenwood, 2002) 119-35.
  • "Women with Ideas: Gissing's The Odd Women and the New Woman Novel," A Garland for Gissing, ed. Bouwe Postmus (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2001) 81-89.
  • “Wrestling with Nietzsche: John Cowper Powys’s Engagement with Nietzsche in the Early Years  of the First World War,” Powys Journal 11 (2001): 63-81.
  • “Reviewing New Woman Fiction in the Daily Press: The Times, the Scotsman, and the Daily Telegraph,” Victorian Periodicals Review 34 (2001): 79-96.
  • Subversive Heroines: Feminist Resolutions of Social Crisis in the Condition-of-England Novel (Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P, 1994)
  • “Gissing’s In the Year of Jubilee and the Epistemology of Resistance,” SEL 34 (1994): 853-75.
  • “George Gissing’s Thyrza: Romantic Love and Ideological Co-Conspiracy,” Gissing Journal 30 (1994): 1-12.
  • “Effaced by History: Elizabeth Gaskell’s Reformulation of Scott,” Scott in Carnival, ed. J.H. Alexander and David Hewitt (Aberdeen: ASLSs, 1993) 530-42.
  • “Gissing’s The Unclassed and the Perils of Naturalism,” ELH 59 (1992): 911-38.