Berkeley English Faculty

Ian Duncan

Ian Duncan

Professor
Florence Green Bixby Chair in English
English Department Chair, 2021-22

456 Wheeler
Office hours: By appointment [email me]
iduncan@berkeley.edu


Books
Human Forms: The Novel in the Age of Evolution
Human Forms: The Novel in the Age of Evolution

A major rethinking of the history of the novel as well as the cultural impact of evolutionary science before Darwin, Human Forms is the first book-length critical study of the interaction of European fiction with natural history and philosophical ant....(read more)

Kidnapped
Kidnapped

Set in the aftermath of the 1745 rebellion, Kidnapped transforms the Romantic historical novel into the modern thriller. Its heartstopping scenes of cross-country pursuit, distilled to a pure intensity in Stevenson’s prose, have become a staple of a....(read more)

The Edinburgh Companion to James Hogg
The Edinburgh Companion to James Hogg

James Hogg (1770-1835) is increasingly recognised as a major Scottish author and one of the most original figures in European Romanticism. 16 essays written by international experts on Hogg draw on recent breakthroughs in research to illuminate the ....(read more)

Scott's Shadow: The Novel in Romantic Edinburgh
Scott's Shadow: The Novel in Romantic Edinburgh

Scott's Shadow is the first comprehensive account of the flowering of Scottish fiction between 1802 and 1832, when post-Enlightenment Edinburgh rivaled London as a center for literary and cultural innovation. Ian Duncan shows how Walter Scott became....(read more)

The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner
The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner

'We have heard much of the rage of fanaticism in former days, but nothing to this' A wretched young man, 'an outcast in the world', tells the story of his upbringing by a heretical Calvinist minister who leads him to believe that he is one of the e....(read more)