Ph.D. English, The University of Tennessee
M.A. English, George Mason University
B.A. International Affairs, The George Washington University
Maria K. Bachman is Chair and Professor of English at Coastal Carolina University. She teaches a variety of courses on nineteenth-century British literature and culture, history of the novel, narrative theory, and horror fiction and film. She is also editor of the VICTORIANS INSTITUTE JOURNAL.
Most recently she co-edited a collection of critical essays, FEAR, LOATHING, AND VICTORIAN XENOPHOBIA (Ohio State University Press, 2013). She has published scholarly editions of Wilkie Collins's "The Dead Hand" and Charles Dickens's "The Bride's Chamber" (University of Tampa Press, 2009), Wilkie Collins's THE WOMAN IN WHITE (Broadview Press, 2006), and BLIND LOVE (Broadview Press, 2004), as well as a collection of critical essays, REALITY'S DARK LIGHT: THE SENSATIONAL WILKIE COLLINS (University of Tennessee Press, 2003).
Dr. Bachman has also published a variety of critical articles and book chapters on Samuel Richardson, Benjamin Disraeli, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Charles Dickens, and Wilkie Collins. Her current work in progress is entitled, This is Your Brain on Books: Embodied Consciousness and the Novel.
Prior to serving as Chair of the English Department, Dr. Bachman held a number of administrative posts at the University including, Director of Interdisciplinary Studies, Director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program, and Co-Director of the University Honors Program.
In 2012 Dr. Bachman received Coastal Carolina University's HTC Distinguished Teacher-Scholar Lecturer Award and George Mason University's Distinguished Alumna of the Year Award. In 2006, Dr. Bachman was named South Carolina Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.