Mark A. Allison

Ben T. Spencer Professor of English
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 book, Imagining Socialism: Aesthetics, Anti-Politics, and Literature in Britain, 1817–1918, explores the intersections of socialism and literature in the long nineteenth century, with special emphasis on their shared antipathy to institutional politics.


  • “Utopian Socialism, Women’s Emancipation, and the Origins of Middlemarch,” ELH 78 (2011): 715–39.
  • “The Mustard Seed of British Socialism: Carlyle, Robert Owen, and ‘Infallible Influence.’”  In Thomas Carlyle and the Idea of Influence, ed. Paul 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.
  • “Experience, Culture, Utopia: The Long Politics of Raymond Williams.” In Raymond Williams at 100, ed. Paul Stasi. Rowman & Littlefield, 2021. 21-39.
  • Imagining Socialism: Aesthetics, Anti-politics, and Literature in Britain, 1817- 1918. Oxford University Press, 2021.

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