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John Maynard

Professor of English

Ph.D. 1970 (English), B.A. 1963 (history and literature), Harvard.

Office Address: 

244 Greene Street room 714 New York, New York (US) 10003

Office Hours: 

Fall 2016: Thursdays: 3:15pm-6:15pm


(212) 998-8835


(212) 995-4019

Areas of Research/Interest: 

Victorian literature and culture; literary theory; reader theory; biography; sexuality and literature; cultural studies; modern literature

External Affiliations:

Series Editor, Sexuality and Literature (New York: Peter Lang); Northeast Victorian Studies Association; PEN; Browning Institute; Modern Language Association.


John Maynard is professor of English. He specializes in Victorian literature and in literary theory. He took his B.A. (summa in History and Literature) and Ph.D. at Harvard University. He has taught at Harvard, the University of Venice, the University of Paris, and at NYU. His books include Browning's Youth, Charlotte Brontë and Sexuality, Victorian Discourses on Sexuality and Religion, Browning Re-viewed, and Literary Intention, Literary Interpretation and Readers. He is co-editor of the Cambridge journal Victorian Literature and Culture. He teaches courses on Victorian and Transition literature, on poetry, and on topics in reading, in sexuality and literature, and in literary theory and interpretation. He has served as chair and director of undergraduate studies of the Department of English and chair of the NYU Faculty Senators Council. He works with potential donors to the Department. Professor Maynard has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEH senior grant, and the Thomas Wilson Prize of Harvard University Press. He enjoys New York, bicycling, theater, opera, and travel and teaching abroad.


National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Research Grant; Guggenheim Fellowship; Thomas J. Wilson Prize.

Victorian Literature and Culture, co-editor. New York: Cambridge University Press. 1990.

Literary Intention, Literary Interpretation, and Readers. Peterborough: Broadview Press, 2009.

Browning Re-Viewed: Review Essays 1980-1995. New York: Peter Lang. 1998.

Victorian Discourses on Sexuality and Religion. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1993.

Charlotte Bronte and Sexuality. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1984.

Browning's Youth. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. 1976.

Updated on 09/12/2016