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ara Malton is Associate Dean of Arts (Research and Faculty Support) and a Professor in the Department of English Language & Literature at Saint Mary’s University (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada), where she specializes in nineteenth-century literature. Her current work focuses on hunger, starvation, and selfhood in Victorian culture. She is currently carrying out a SSHRC-funded project on nineteenth-century “fasting girls,” which involves research at the intersection of literature, religious history, and the history of medicine. Her previous and ongoing work focuses on the connections between fiction, finance, and law. Her interests also include consumer and commodity culture as well as the relationship between literature, technology, science, and modernity.

After receiving her PhD in English from the University of Toronto in 2004, she went on to a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at Cornell University. She thereafter joined the Department of English at Saint Mary’s in 2005. She has additionally served on thesis committees in the Sobey School of Business (PhD in Management) and at Dalhousie University where she is an Adjunct Professor.

Her book, Forgery in Nineteenth Century Literature and Culture: Fictions of Finance from Dickens to Wilde was published by Palgrave-Macmillan in 2009. She is currently co-authoring (with Sean Grass) Reading Charles Dickens for the Routledge “Literature Today” Series.

Her work has also appeared in such journals as Religion and the Arts, Studies in the Novel, Victorian Literature and Culture, the European Romantic Review, and English Studies in Canada and in essay collections by McGill-Queens UP, Peter Lang, and, most recently, the University of Missouri Press.

She is the past Secretary (2018-21) and a past Trustee (2014-17) of The Dickens Society. In July 2015, she hosted the 20th Annual Dickens Society Symposium at Saint Mary’s in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Learn more about Sara and her work at

Created 28 March 2024