Professor David Paroissien

Professorial Research Fellow in English Literature

David Paroissien is a distinguished 19th-Century scholar, with degrees from the Universities of Hull, New Mexico, and California. He spent the majority of his career at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he taught from 1968 to 2001. Since 1983, he has worked tirelessly, and generously, as editor of Dickens Quarterly (the US equivalent of The Dickensian), and since 1997 has been general editor, with Susan Shatto, of the much-admired Companion series of monographs, contextualising and annotating each of Dickens’s major works in unparalleled detail.  He is also an Honorary Member of the Centro Universitario di Studi Vittoriani e Edoardiani of the University “G. D’Annunzio”, Chieti-Pescara, Italy. As co-director of the Leverhulme Trust-funded Dickens Journals Online research project 2011–2012 and member of the DJO’s Editorial Advisory Board, Professor Paroissien takes an active role in the ongoing preparation of volumes for publication. Most recent publications include:

  • A Companion to Charles Dickens (Blackwell-Wiley, 2008)
  • “Victims or vermin? Contradictions in Dickens’s penal philosophy”, in Jan Alber (ed.), Stones of Law, Bricks of Shame (University of Toronto Press, 2009), 25-45
  • “Clarriker, Pocket, and Pirrip: The Original Tale of Dickens’s Clerk”, Dickens Studies Annual 42 (2011), 275-94
  • “Dickens the Historian, Carlyle the Novelist: Dickens, Carlyle and the French Revolution”, in The Fiction of History, ed. Alexander Lyon Macfie (2014), 72-82.

Email: or paroissien@english.umass.ed