Associate Professor; Director of Undergraduate Studies
Humanities Building 206
(205) 934-8574

Research and Teaching Interests: Victorian Literature and Culture, History and Theory of the Novel, History of Cinema

Office Hours: By appointment

  • BA, University of Chicago, English
  • MA, University of Virginia, English
  • PhD, University of Virginia, English

Dr. Siegel’s research focuses on the evolution of the British novel in relation to Victorian life and culture. His book, Charity and Condescension, looks at the way that Victorian writers worried about the relationship that charity created between rich and poor; in the face of these worries, novelists, poets, and social workers struggled to imagine new forms and rituals of charity that would be free from condescension. Currently, Dr. Siegel is speaking and writing about the formal aspects of serial publication.

Although a fierce chess player, Dr. Siegel is highly sentimental. He has been known to get choked up in class while reading passages aloud from Charles Dickens or Christina Rossetti, embarrassing himself and creating an awkward situation for his students. Accordingly, one of his articles explores the function of trembling in American silent film; if he ever has the courage, he may someday write an essay about the semiotics of Lillian Gish’s eyelashes.

  • The 19th-Century British Novel
  • Film and Narrative
  • Seminar: Charles Dickens
  • Victorian Poetry
  • Detective Fiction
  • British and Irish Literature, 1800-present
Book Chapters:
  • "Losing for Profit," in Middlemarch in the Twenty-First Century, Karen Chase, ed. (Oxford University Press, 2006).