Faculty Profile for Dr. Denae Dyck

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Dr. Denae Dyck
Assistant Professor — English
Flowers Hall 247

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Dr. Denae Dyck holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Victoria, an M.A from Dalhousie University, and a B.A. from Ambrose University. Her publications include articles in Victorian Poetry, Victorian Review, Victorian Popular Fictions Journal, and European Romantic Review. She is the author of Biblical Wisdom and the Victorian Literary Imagination (Bloomsbury Academic, 2024). This book traces the creative refashioning of wisdom literature as a genre that took on new significance during the nineteenth century. Her ongoing research focuses on late nineteenth-century women writers, alternative spiritualities, and periodical press networks.

Teaching Interests

Recent Courses
Aestheticism, Sexuality, and Mysticism at the Fin de Siècle
Victorian Poetry & Spiritual Searching
Literary Scholarship

Victorian Mysteries
Approaches to a Single Author: Oscar Wilde
British Romanticism: Gothic Elements
Women's Writing: Myths of Power and Feminist Re-Imaginations
Victorian Literature and Social Justice
British Literature Since 1785

Research Interests

Nineteenth-century British literature (Victorian and Romantic); women writers and gender studies; poetry and poetics; literature and religion/spirituality; material culture

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Dyck, D. (2024). Biblical Wisdom and the Victorian Literary Imagination. London, UK: Bloomsbury Academic. Retrieved from https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/biblical-wisdom-and-the-victorian-literary-imagination-9781350335370/
  • Dyck, D. (2023). “Spiritual Authority for a (Post)Secular Age: Olive Schreiner’s Dreams as Literary Theology.” Victorian Popular Fictions Journal, 5(2), 73–88. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.46911/QBRM1938
  • Dyck, D., Korda, A., Leighton, M. E., Warne, V., DeCoste, K., Geroge-Berlet, M., … Zabel, J. (2023). “Making Things Together: Collaborating and Mentoring on an OER Project.” IDEAH: Interdisciplinary Digital Engagement in Arts & Humanities, 3(4). https://doi.org/10.21428/f1f23564.0576ee6f
  • Dyck, D. (2020). “From Denunciation to Dialogue: Redefining Prophetic Authority in Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s ‘A Curse for a Nation.’” Victorian Review, 46, 27–51. https://doi.org/doi:10.1353/vcr.2020.0011.
  • Dyck, D. (2020). “Falling into Hope: Wisdom Poetry and the Reinterpretation of Suffering in Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s A Drama of Exile.” Victorian Poetry, 58(1), 27–51. https://doi.org/doi:10.1353/vp.2020.0001

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Governor General's Gold Medal, University of Victoria. 2021
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Founders' Circle Award, Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada. May 2019
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Izaak Walton Killam Predoctoral Scholarship (Honorary), Dalhousie University. September 2014 - April 2015
  • Award / Honor Nominee: Founders' Circle Award, Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada. April 2017
  • Award / Honor Nominee: Founders' Circle Award, Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada. April 2016

Selected Grants

  • Chapman, Alison (Principal), Holmes, Martin (Supporting), Dyck, Denae (Supporting), Dean, Heather (Supporting), Fukushima, Kailey (Supporting), Huculak, Matt (Supporting). Scaling Up: Victorian Periodical Poets, Poetry, and Periodicals, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Federal, $313242. (Submitted: October 1, 2022, Funded: September 1, 2023 - May 2028). Grant.
  • Dyck, Denae. Forming Wisdom: Elizabeth Barrett Browning's 'A Drama of Exile', Centre for Studies in Religion and Society, University of Victoria, Institutional (Higher Ed), $5500. (Submitted: November 2017, Funded: September 2018 - August 2019). Grant.
  • Dyck, Denae. Archival Research on Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Visiting Scholars Research Program, Armstrong Browning Library, Baylor University, Private / Foundation / Corporate, $1000. (Submitted: November 2017, Funded: March 2018 - April 2018). Grant.
  • Dyck, Denae. Refiguring the Sage: The Pluralist Visions of Elizabeth Barrett Browning and George Eliot, Joseph-Armand Bombardier Scholarship (Doctoral), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Federal, $105000. (Funded: September 2015 - August 2018). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Board of Directors, Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States
February 2024-Present
Policy Committee
February 2024-Present
MA Literature Administrative Support Committee
September 2022-Present
Advanced Studies Curriculum Committee
September 2022-Present
Advisory Board, North American Victorian Studies Association
January 2022-Present