Associate Professor of English,
on faculty since 2008
Ph.D., McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, 2006
M.A., McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, 2001
B.A. (Hons.), McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, 2000
Diploma of Teaching, Covenant Canadian Reformed Teachers College, Hamilton, Ontario, 1988
Professional and Personal Interests
Karen Dieleman moved from Canada to join the Trinity community in 2008. She obtained her B.A. (Hons.), M.A. and Ph.D. from McMaster University.
As a professor of English studies, Dieleman views reading and writing as ways of participating in the world, responding to God, witnessing for truth, and sharing hope. “By holding before us various imaginative, intellectual, social and cultural intricacies, literature can prompt our delight in the creation gift of language; our lament over the postlapsarian brokenness of that gift and its users; and our pursuit of truth, love, and justice in obedience to Christ the Redeemer.” As such, literary study has an important place alongside other disciplines at a Reformed college such as Trinity.
In the classroom, Dieleman promotes conversational exchange as a major method of learning. She loves best the unexpected turn or new insight that students can bring to communal learning.
Dieleman researches nineteenth-century British literature and culture, primarily Victorian poetry and religion. Her book, Religious Imaginaries, has been published by Ohio University Press.
Dieleman also enjoys gardening, cooking, and choral singing. A resident of Lansing, Illinois, she and her husband, Adrian, worship at Oak Glen United Reformed Church in Lansing.
- Advanced Writing
- Introduction to Literature
- Senior Seminar: Major Author
- Texts and Contexts: Renaissance to Modern
- Topics: The Rise of the Novel
- Transatlantic Literatures I (1780-1880)
Professional Society Membership
- Midwest Victorian Studies Association
- Modern Language Association
- North American Victorian Studies Association
Papers Published and/or Presented
Religious Imaginaries: The Liturgical and Poetic Practices of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Christina Rossetti and Adelaide Procter. Ohio University Press. 2012.
“Remember, Not Revere: Elizabeth Barrett’s Account of the Greek Christian Poets.” North American Victorian Studies Association, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN. November 6, 2011.
“Ancient Hymns in Nineteenth-Century England.” Worship and the Arts in the New Testament. Trinity Christian College, April 9, 2011.
“The Practices of Faith: Worship and Writing.” Christianity and Literature 58:2 (2009): 260-65.
“Christina Rossetti, the Dante Gabriel Rossetti Memorial Windows and ‘Birchington Churchyard.’” North American Victorian Studies Association, Yale University, New Haven, CT. November 15, 2008.
“Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Congregationalism and Spirit Manifestation.” Victorians Institute Journal 36 (2008). 103-22.
“Reassessing Relations between Church and Literary-Religious Work.” Conference on Christianity and Literature, seminar on “Christian Scholarship and the Turn to Religion in Literary Studies.” MLA, Chicago. Dec. 30, 2007.
“Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Religious Poetics: Congregationalist Models of Hymnist and Preacher.” Victorian Poetry 45:2 (Summer 2007): 135-57.
“Christina Rossetti, the Communion of Saints, and Verses.” Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies 15 (Spring 2006): 27-49.
“Independent Spirits: Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Congregationalism, and Spiritualism.” ‘This Is Living Art’: Elizabeth Barrett Browning in the Twenty-first Century. A Bi-Centenary Celebration, Armstrong Browning Library, Baylor University, Waco, Texas. March 4, 2006.
“What Elder Wiebe the Elder Remembered: The Mennonite Experience with Government in Canada, 1870-1925.” Canadian Association of Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies, Congress of Learned Societies, London, Ontario. May 27, 2005.
“Reconstituting the Worshipping Community: Christina Rossetti’s Experience in Christ Church and the Lyrical ‘We’ of Verses.” British Women Writers’ Conference (BWWC), Lafayette, Louisiana. April 15, 2005.
“Ecclesiology, Christ Church, and Christina Rossetti’s Verses.” College English Association National Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana. March 30, 2005.
“The Poet and her Language in Aurora Leigh: The Model of the Preacher.” Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE), Congress of Learned Societies, Winnipeg, Manitoba. June 1, 2004.
“A Working Model for Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Early Religious Poetry: The Possibilities and Limits of the Hymn.” Christianity and Literature Study Group (CLSG), Congress of Learned Societies, Winnipeg, Manitoba. May 30, 2004.