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Paul Vita, Ph.D.

Director; Academic Dean
Saint Louis University — Madrid
English Department


Ph.D., M.Phil., and M.A. English Literature, Columbia University
B.A. English, Yale University

Practice Areas

  • 19th-Century British Literature, the Novel and Narrative Theory

Research Interests

Paul Vita's research focuses on nineteenth-century British literature and culture, with strong forays into Dickens. He has co-edited two collections of essays, The Victorians and Italy: Literature, Travel, Politics and Art (2009) and Unsettling Dickens: Process, Progress and Change (2016), and he has published essays on topics ranging from Victorian visitors to the Paris Morgue to parallels between Don Quixote and Pickwick. Dr. Vita teaches a variety of courses, ranging from introductory writing to upper-level seminars in literature, including ENGL 2350: Faith, Doubt, and Literature; ENGL 3540: British Culture and Travel; and ENGL 5000: Research Methods. Dr. Vita received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in the City of New York in 1998 and joined SLU-Madrid’s Department of English in 1999. He also serves the Campus’ Director and Academic Dean.

Publications and Media Placements


Vita, P. & Huguet, C. (2016). Unsettling Dickens: Process, Progress and Change. Paris: Sagittaire.

Vita, P., Villa, L., Vescovi, A. (2009). Victorians and Italy: Travel, Literature, Politics, and Art. Parma: Polemetrica.

Book Chapters and Journal Articles

Vita, P. & Bikandi A. (2017). “Spain's Literature of the City.” In Tambling, Jeremy (Ed.), The Palgrave Handbook of Literature and the City. Palgrave.

Vita, P. (2014). “‘Indignation taking the form of nuts’: A Reading of Dickens’ Audiences.” In Kujawska-Lis, E. (Ed.), Reflections on/of Dickens. Cambridge Scholars Press.

Vita, P. (2014). “Conversation and the Comic Novel: Don Quixote and The Pickwick Papers.” In Lennartz, N., Koch, D. (Ed.), Texts, Contexts, Intertextuality: Dickens as a Reader. Göttingen: Van denhoeck & Ruprecht.

Vita, P. (2013). “Revisiting Dickens in Spain.” In Coll-Vinent, S., Ortín, M. (Ed.), Dickens en la cultura catalana. La recepció i les traduccions. Barcelona: Punctum.

Galván, F., Vita, P. (2013). “The Spanish Dickens: Under Cervantes's Inevitable Shadow.” In Hollington, M. (Ed.), The Reception of Charles Dickens in Europe. Continuum.

Vita, P. (2010). “Undertaking in Italy: Dickens, Dialogism and the Dead.” In Hollington, M., Orestano, F. (Ed.), Dickens and Italy. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Vita, P. (2007). “Cervantes, Borrow, and Bakhtin: Authenticity and Narrative.” La Huella Cervantina y del Quijote en la Cultura Anglosajona. Valladolid: Universidad de Valladolid, Centro Buendía.

Vita, P. (2006). “Teaching Wuthering Heights Through Close Reading / Teaching Close Reading Through Wuthering Heights.” In Hasseler, T., Lonoff, De Cuevas, S. (Ed.), Approaches to Teaching Wuthering Heights. New York, NY: MLA.

Vita, P. (2003). “Returning the Look: Victorian Writers and the Paris Morgue.” Nineteenth-Century Contexts, 25(3), 241-56.

Vita, P. (2002). “A Loss for Words: Resignation and the Victorian Epitaph.” AJVC: Australasian Journal of Victorian Culture, 7, 122-136.

Vita, P. (1999). “In Keeping with Modern Views: Publishing Epitaphs in Victorian England.” Victorian Review, 25(1), 14-34.