Professor and Department Chair, English
Nineteenth-century British literature and culture, including: travel narratives, colonialism and empire, gender and class identities, visual and print culture, domesticity, childhood, Anglo-Jewish life and migrations.

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Andrea Kaston Tange has been fascinated with Victorian fiction since, as a ten-year-old, she was duly impressed by Jane Eyre daring to take on her Aunt Reed–and winning. Her research has focused in various ways on questions of identity in the period: from the relationship between domestic architecture and middle-class-ness (Architectural Identities: Literature, Domesticity, and the Victorian Middle Classes, University of Toronto Press, 2010) to explorations of how the consolidation of the British empire required the active participation of children and impacted their lives (Children and Empire series, Routledge Press, 2012). Her current project, Palimpsests: Victorian Travelers and the Problems of Authenticity, examines how illustrating journalists, colonial settlers, tourists, and expatriates differently understood and represented their own British identities as they traveled the globe. She is curator of the still-developing online project 19th-Century Jewish Life, which brings together full-texts of original documents that provide a glimpse into the politics, lives, and literature of Jewish migrants and Anglo-Jewish citizens of the period.

In addition to her nineteenth-century research, she has become increasingly interested in broader questions of public understandings of the value of the humanities–including public intellectual work, digital humanities efforts, and debates about humanities careers, higher education funding, and what, exactly, the humanities are good for. To this end, she continues to amass a collection of articles on the “State of the Humanities;” to serve on the Modern Language Association (MLA) Committee on Academic Freedom and Professional Rights and Responsibilities; to be active in the leadership of the Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA), where she is in the process of organizing the second annual MLA/MMLA discussion of humanities careers; to be instrumental in organizing multi-year conversations at the MLA Convention about class politics within institutions of higher education; and to think carefully about the implications of her own research interests for what she brings into the classroom.

She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was a professor at Eastern Michigan University for fifteen years before joining the faculty at Macalester. She has served as President of the MMLA (2013-2014) and Editor of the Journal of Narrative Theory (2013-2015).

Areas of Study

  • Nineteenth-century British literature and culture
  • Travel narratives
  • Colonialism and empire
  • Gender and class identities
  • Visual and print culture, particularly the periodical press
  • Domesticity
  • Childhood
  • Anglo-Jewish life and migrations
  • Public intellectual work and the state of humanities study/caree

Fall 2018 Course

  • ENGL 394-01: 1859

Selected Articles

“Maternity Betrayed: Circulating Images of English Motherhood in India, 1857-1858,” Nineteenth-Century Contexts (May 2013)

“Nineteenth-Century British Childhoods: Teaching at the Nexus of Children, Empire and Visual Culture,” Victorians Institute Journal (2011)

“Exploring Victorian Contexts: Using Wikis to Enrich Cultural Understanding,” Journal of Victorian Culture (April 2011)

“Redesigning Femininity: Miss Marjoribanks’s Drawing-Room of Opportunity,” Victorian Literature and Culture (2008)

“’Becoming a Victorian Reader’: The Serial Reading Process in the Modern Classroom,” Periodical Pedagogy, a special issue of VPR: Victorian Periodicals Review (Winter 2006)

“Constance Naden and the Erotics of Evolution: Mating the Woman of Letters with Man of Science,” Nineteenth-Century Literature (September 2006)

“Envisioning Domesticity, Locating Identity: Constructing the Victorian Middle Class through Images of Home” in Defining Visual Rhetorics, Charles A. Hill and Marguerite Helmers, eds., Mahwah, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum, 2004


“Who Cooked All That Soup? Gender Politics and 19th Century Jewish Philanthropy,” Ann Arbor Jewish Community Center. 2012.

“Turning Fans into Friends: Dickens, Twain and the Culture of Public Reading,” Eastern Michigan University. 2010.


B.A. magna cum laude, University of Vermont

M.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison

Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison