Berkeley English Lecturers

Margaret Kolb

Margaret Kolb

Lecturer in English

421 Wheeler Hall
Spring '18, Tuesday, 8.30 - 9.30 am; Thursday, 2-3 pm, and by appointment

Selected Publications and Papers Delivered



"Literary Revolutions: In Search of Lost Causes. Configurations (forthcoming)


"Plot Circles: Hardy's Drunkards and their Walks." Victorian Studies (Summer 2014).


Works in Progress


The Romance of the Probable: Literary and Mathematical Predictions about the Past. Book manuscript in progress.


"In Search of Lost Causes: Novel Recoveries of the Past." Under revision at Nineteenth-Century Literature. 


"Parts and Wholes, Statistical and Literary." Invited contribution to Palgrave Macmillan handbook on literature and mathematics. 




"The Orphan Plot in the Realist Novel," American Comparative Literature Association, Los Angeles, 2018. 


"Casting Lots: George Eliot, the Lottery, and the Novel." Berkeley-Stanford Consortium on the Novel, Berkeley, April 2017.


"Modernizing Moses: Dickens's Orphan Plots." Victorian Modernities, Canturbury, June 2015.


“Literary Divination.” World Congress of Scottish Literatures, Glasgow, July 2014.


“Historical Erasures: Hard Times and the Threat of Numbering Time,” The Common Denominator, Leipzig, March 2014.


“Plot Circles: Hardy’s Drunkards and their Walks,” Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies, Charlotte, VA, March 2013.


“Moving Stillness: Animation in the Victorian Novel,” North American Victorian Studies Association, Madison, WI, October 2012.


"Eliot's Statistical Methods in Daniel Deronda,American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting, Providence, RI, April 2012. 


"Shelley's Half Counts," International Society for the Study of Narrative Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, March 2012.


"Harmonizing Speechlessness: The Impossible Poetics of Praising Cromwell," Berkeley Early Modern Conference, Berkeley, CA, November 2011.


“Eliot’s Ethic of Probabilities: Daniel Deronda’s Novel Projections,” Dickens Universe, Santa Cruz, CA, July 2011.


“The Natural Figures of Scott's Narrative Transgressions” Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies, Claremont, CA, March 2011.

Recent English Courses Taught