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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
June 28, 2017
Canadian Excellence
Victorian Britain, British Empire, Cultural history; History of mental illness; Gender and history of Masculinity

Dr. Amy Milne-Smith

Associate Professor
Victorian Britain; Crime, Madness and Masculinity

Contact Information
Phone: ext.4254

Office Location: 4-140

Languages Spoken


Academic Background
BHum, Carleton University
MA, Queen’s University
PhD, University of Toronto


Research Interests

My research centers on nineteenth-century British cultural and gender history. My specific interests are in the history of masculinity, the cultural construction of class, and perceptions of mental illness. I am currently working on an article about men's relationship to London, and further research on madmen on trains, and perceptions of alcoholism as mental illness. 


Recent Courses offered: 

HI 122 World History since c. 1450

Hi 218 Modern British History, 1714-1914 

HI 318 Crime, Sex and Scandal in 19th C Britain

HI 325 Imperialism, Race and the Post-Colonial Legacy 

HI 409 Reading Seminar on British Imperialism and Culture 


"Club Talk: Gossip, Masculinity, and the Importance of Oral Communities in late Nineteenth-Century London."  Gender and History 21:1 (2009): 86-106.

"A Flight to Domesticity?: Making a Home in the Gentlemen's Clubs of London, 1880-1914." Journal of British Studies 45:4 (2006): 796-818. 

London Clubland: A Cultural History of Gender and Class in Late-Victorian Britain (New York: Palgrave Macmillan), December 2011.

Book Reviews

"Leora Auslander, Cultural Revolutions: Everyday Life and Politics in Britain, North America, and France," Review article, Canadian Journal of History 46:1, 2011.

"The Reform Club, Reformed Characters," Review article, London Journal 35:3, 2010.

"Mark S. Micale, Hysterical Men: The Hidden History of Male Nervous Illness," Review article, Canadian Journal of History 44:2, 2009.

"Mark Hampton, Visions of the Press in Britain, 1850-1950," Review article, Journal of British Studies 44:4, 2005.