Troy Boone

  • Associate Professor

Troy's Affiliations: Children's Literature

Troy Boone is a specialist in Victorian studies whose areas of scholarly interest include the environmental humanities, imperialism and literature, children’s literature, and the gothic.

His book Youth of Darkest England: Working-Class Children at the Heart of Victorian Empire was published by Routledge in 2005. He has also published articles on such topics as Bram Stoker and fin-de-siecle decadence; Victorian tourist guidebooks; Joseph Conrad and the Titanic disaster; the Marquis de Sade and romantic-era discourses on sexuality; Bernard Shaw and the Salvation Army; Daniel Defoe and the origins of gothic fiction; Mark Twain's detective fictions, Girl Scout handbooks, and the Nancy Drew mysteries.

His most recent publications are “Dirty Weather,” in Conrad and Nature: Essays, ed. Lissa Schneider-Rebozo, Jeffrey Mathes McCarthy, and John G. Peters (Routledge, 2019) and “Early Dickens and Ecocriticism: The Social Novelist and the Nonhuman,” in Victorians and the Environment: Ecocritical Perspectives, ed. Ronald D. Morrison and Laurence W. Mazzeno (Routledge, 2017).


Graduate Courses

  • Ecocriticism

  • Global Fiction in the Victorian Age

  • Savagery and Civilization

  • Children’s Literature

  • Imperialism and Modernity: The West Indies

  • Imperialism and Modernity: The Near East

Recent Undergraduate Courses

  • Seminars on the sea story; Charles Dickens; the Brontës; Joseph Conrad; plants and literature; the year 1816; weather and climate in literature; the Anthropocene

  • Literature and the Environment

  • Contemporary Environmental Literature

  • Romantic Nature

  • Weather, Climate, Literature

  • Humans, Animals, and Machines in Victorian Literature

  • The Gothic Imagination

Research Interests

Nineteenth-century British literature, ecocriticism, children's literature