Taryn Hakala

Last updated May 2022


Ph.D., English Language and Literature, University of Michigan, 2010
M.A., English Language and Literature, University of Michigan, 2005
B.A. magna cum laude, with distinction in English, Women Studies minor, University of Washington, 2003


2019-present, Assistant Professor, English Program, CSU Channel Islands
2012-2018 Lecturer, English Program, University of California, Merced
2010-2011 Lecturer, Department of English, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


Articles and Book Chapters

The Modern Weaver Lad: Melodrama and Dialect Literature.” Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film, 48.2 (January 2022): 180-201.

Melodramatic Mayhew: J.B. Johnstone’s How We Live in the World of London.Victorian Popular Fictions, 3.2 (Autumn 2021): 116-134.

Dialect.” Special Keywords issue of Victorian Literature and Culture. 46.3/4 (Fall/Winter 2018): 649-652.

“Linguistic Self-Fashioning in Elizabeth Gaskell’s Mary Barton.” Dialect and Literature in the Long Nineteenth Century. Ed. Jane Hodson. New York, NY: Routledge, 2017, pp. 146-161.

“M. R. Lahee and the Lancashire Lads: Gender and Class in Victorian Dialect Writing.” Philological Quarterly 92.2 (Spring 2013): 271-288.

A Great Man in Clogs: Performing Authenticity in Victorian Lancashire.” Victorian Studies 52.3 (Spring 2010): 387-412.

Reviews and Shorter Work 

Review of Working Verse in Victorian Scotland: Poetry, Press, Community, by Kirstie Blair. Victorian Studies. Forthcoming.

Review of Literature by the Working Class: English Autobiographies, 1820-1848, by Cassandra Falke. Victorian Studies 58.2 (Winter 2016): 366-368.

 Blog post on teaching Oliver Parker’s The Importance of Being Earnest. On Streaky Bacon: A Guide to Victorian Adaptations. 6 March 2016.

XXIV International Computer Archive of Modern and Medieval English Conference.” With Anne Curzan. ICAME Journal: Computers in English Linguistics 28 (April 2004): 144-151.


“Dialect and Literature: Language Ideologies and Identity Performance.”
Studies in the History of the English Language conference. Seattle, WA: May 19-21, 2022.

“Dialect Play: The Performative Space of Ben Brierley’s Stage Adaptations.”
North American Victorian Studies Association conference. Vancouver, BC, Canada (Virtual): March 3-6, 2022.

“The Modern Weaver Lad: Melodrama in Victorian Manchester”
Becoming Modern: British and American Melodrama, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ: October 25, 2019

“Genre, Gender, and Dialect Writing”
North American Victorian Studies Association, Columbus, OH: October 17-19, 2019

“Race and Class on the Transpontine Stage: Mayhew and Stowe at the Surrey Theatre”
North American Victorian Studies Association, St. Petersburg, FL: October 2018

“Mayhew Minstrelized: London Labour and the London Poor as Tom Show”
Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies, San Francisco, CA: March 2018

“Melodramatic Mayhew”
North American Victorian Studies Association, Banff, Canada: November 2017

“Dickens and the Strolling Players; Or, Circumwenting Linguistic Social Constraints.”
North American Victorian Studies Association, Phoenix, AZ: November 2016

“Lancashire Dialect on the Page and Stage”
Third International Conference on Dialect and Literature, Sheffield, UK: July 2016

“Studying How Dialect Works in Literature”
Modern Language Association, Austin, TX: January 2016

Header Image: 
W.G. Baxter, Studies from Dickens No. 7. "Sairey Gamp" 
Momus 13 September 1879