Peter Graham

Peter Graham

Peter Graham



401 Shanks Hall
181 Turner St. NW
Blacksburg, VA 24061


(540) 231-6715


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  • Lord Byron
  • Jane Austen
  • Charles Darwin
  • English Romantics
  • Literature and Medicine

Professional Activities

  • Director of International Relations and Academic Affairs, Messolonghi Byron Research Center, Messolonghi Greece
  • Vice President and Board of Directors, Byron Society of America
  • Board of Advisory Editors, Byron Journal
  • Board of Advisory Editors, Literature and Medicine


  • A.B. cum laude Davidson College
  • M.A., Ph.D. Duke University

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    • Clifford Cutchins Professorship,  2000-05
    • Jane Austen Society of North America Traveling Scholar, 2009-10
    • Elma Dangerfield Prize (International Association of Byron Societies), 1992, co-winner 2000

    Selected Publications


    • Darwin’s Sciences (with Duncan M. Porter)
    • Jane Austen & Charles Darwin: Naturalists and Novelists
    • Don Juan and Regency England
    • Articulating the Elephant Man: Joseph Merrick and His Interpreters (with Fritz Oehlschlaeger)

    Edited Books

    Byron’s Bulldog: The Letters of John Cam Hobhouse to Lord Byron


    The Portable Darwin (with Duncan M. Porter)


    • “Childe Harold and Fitzwilliam Darcy, or a Tale of Two 200-Year-Old Heroes,” Persuasions 35 (Winter 2013), 169-81)
    • “Falling for the Crawfords: Character, Contingency, and Narrative in Mansfield Park,” ELH 77, n. 4 (Winter 2010),  867-91
    • “Byron and the Business of Publishing,” in Cambridge Companion to Byron, ed. J. Drummond Bone, 27-43
    • “The Haunting of Don Juan,” in Byron’s Ghosts, ed. Gavin Hopps, 184-201