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
“Evolution and the Struggle of Love in Emily Pfeiffer’s Sonnets.” Forthcoming in Victorian Poetry, Fall 2016.
“Sacramental Memorializing: Upon the Death of Dante Gabriel Rossetti.” Nineteenth-Century Contexts 37.3 (May 2015): 215-31. DOI: 10.1080/08905495.2015.1043037.
“A Politics of Just Memory: Elizabeth Barrett and the Greek Christian Poets.” Journal of Browning Studies 3 (2012). 5-28.
Religious Imaginaries: The Liturgical and Poetic Practices of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Christina Rossetti and Adelaide Procter. Ohio University Press. 2012.
“Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Congregationalism and Spirit Manifestation.” Victorians Institute Journal 36 (2008). 103-22.
“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.