Nigel Alderman

Assistant Professor of English

Nigel Alderman
Shattuck Hall, Room 212

Joined MHC: 2005


  • Duke University, Ph.D. 
  • College of William and Mary, M.A.
  • Cambridge University, B.A

Specialization: Post-1945 Britis:h literature and culture, Modernism, Romanticism, and literary theory, especially Marxist aesthetics.

Nigel Alderman received his degrees in English from Cambridge University where he was awarded an open exhibition, the College of William and Mary, and Duke University.

Until May 2005, Alderman was assistant professor of English at Yale University where he was awarded the Sidonie Miskimin Clauss Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Humanities, the Sarai Ribicoff Award for the Encouragement of Teaching at Yale College, and a Morse Junior Faculty Fellowship. At Yale, he taught undergraduate courses on Romantic poetry, Modernism, and contemporary British literature and graduate courses on the twentieth-century long poem and Fredric Jameson.

Alderman’s writing has appeared in Twentieth Century Literature, Textual Practice, Contemporary Literature, The Yale Journal of Criticism and The Yale Review. His essay on T.S. Eliot won the Andrew J. Kappel Annual Award for best article of literary criticism published in Twentieth Century Literature. He is currently co-editing, with C. D. Blanton, a forthcoming collection of essays on British and Irish poetry since 1945 and finishing a book on British literature of the sixties, entitled From Myth to History.

Alderman teaches both literature and theory courses that focus primarily on the twentieth century. In addition to being a member of the English department, he is involved in Mount Holyoke's program in Critical Social Thought.