Mark A. Allison

Associate Professor of English


B.A., Kenyon College
M.A., University of Chicago
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley


Mark Allison specializes in the literature and culture of nineteenth-century Britain.  His research interests include utopian literature and theory; socialism, working-class political culture, and Marxism; and the British novel.  His current book project, Imagining Socialism: Aesthetics, Anti-Politics, and Literature, 1817–1917, explores the intersections of socialism and literature in the long nineteenth century, with special emphasis on their shared antipathy to institutional politics.


  • “Prematurity, Periodicity, and Agency in ‘The Function of Criticism at the Present Time,’” Nineteenth-Century Prose 34 (2007): 143–62.
  • “Utopian Socialism, Women’s Emancipation, and the Origins of Middlemarch,” ELH 78 (2011): 715–39.
  • “The Importance of Ernest: Poetic Vanguardism and Popular Revolution in Capel Lofft’s Forgotten Epic,” Nineteenth-Century Literature 67 (2012): 285–311. 
  • “The Mustard Seed of British Socialism: Carlyle, Robert Owen, and ‘Infallible Influence.’”  In Thomas Carlyle and the Idea of Influence, ed. Paule E. Kerry et al.  Farleigh Dickinson UP, 2018.  279-93.
  • “Building a Bridge to Nowhere: Morris, the Education of Desire, and the Party of Utopia,” Utopian Studies 29.1 (2018): 44-66. 

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