About Me

I specialize in literature and culture of the Victorian period, with a strong focus on material textuality and cultural studies.I teach courses in Victorian literature, literary theory, women writers, gay/lesbian literature, and the history of the book.

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Duke University, Ph.D. in English Literature, 1998.
University of Chicago, M.A. in English Literature, 1990.
University of Virginia, B.A. in Comparative Literature, with highest distinction, 1989.

Current Employment

Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Houston, 2004-present.
Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Houston, 1998-2004.



Lady Audley's Secret. By Mary Elizabeth Braddon. Ed. Natalie M. Houston. Peterborough, Ontario: Broadview Press, 2003. (A critical edition for Broadview's Literary Texts series.)


"Towards a New History: Fin-de-Siecle Women Poets and the Sonnet." In Victorian Women Poets, ed. Alison Chapman. Essays and Studies vol. 56. Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK: Boydell & Brewer, 2003. 145-164.

"Affecting Authenticity: Sonnets from the Portuguese and Modern Love." Studies in the Literary Imagination 35.2 (Fall 2002): 99-121.

"Anthologies and the Making of the Poetic Canon." In The Blackwell Companion to Victorian Poetry, ed. Richard Cronin, Alison Chapman, and Antony H. Harrison. Oxford: Blackwell, 2002. 361-377.

"Reading the Victorian Souvenir: Sonnets and Photographs of the Crimean War." Yale Journal of Criticism 14.2 (2001): 353-383.

"Valuable by Design: Material Features and Cultural Value in Nineteenth-Century SonnetAnthologies." Victorian Poetry 37 (Summer 1999): 243-272.

"Arabella Shore and Louisa Shore," in Victorian Women Poets, ed. William B. Thesing. Dictionary of Literary Biography Vol 199. Detroit, MI: Gale Research, 1999. 259-268.

"George Eliot's Material History: Clothing and Realist Narrative," Studies in the LiteraryImagination 29.1 (Spring 1996): 23-34.

Recent Presentations:

"Order and Interpretation in Augusta Webster's Portraits." North American Victorian Studies Association, Purdue University, September 2006.

"Who Can Write Pre-Raphaelite Poetry? The Case of Emily Pfeiffer." North American Victorian Studies Association, University of Virginia, October 2005.

"The Culture of the Anthology: Victorian Publishing and the Shaping of Literary History." New Critical Voices Lecture Series, University of Tennessee, October 2001.

"Towards A Pedagogy of Serial Reading: Teaching Lady Audley’s Secret,” Society for the Study of Narrative Literature, Rice University, March 2001.

"The Place of the Poet: Biographical Information in Victorian Poetry Anthologies,"Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies, Yale University, April 2000.

"The Construction of Authenticity in Victorian Amatory Sonnet Sequences," Modern LanguageAssociation, Chicago, December 1999.

"Valuable by Design: Material Features of Nineteenth-Century Sonnet Anthologies," ModernLanguage Association, Washington, D.C., December 1996.

"Collaborative Patriotism: The War Lyrics of Louisa and Arabella Shore," Fifth AnnualConference on 18th- and 19th-Century British Women Writers, University of SouthCarolina, March 1996.

"'On Coughing Slightly With Sharp Pain': Consumption and the Poetic Image of David Gray,"Modern Language Association, Chicago, December 1995.

"History, Culture, and Aesthetic Economy in Early Nineteenth-Century Sonnet Anthologies,"North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, University of Maryland-Baltimore County, July 1995.

"George Eliot's Material History: Clothing and Realist Narrative," South Atlantic ModernLanguage Association, Baltimore, November 1994.

"Learning to Read Byron as a Dandy," Re-Reading Romanticism Conference, Duke University,November 1993.