Dr. Karen Dieleman

Dean of Humanities


Professor of English

Phone: 905.648.2131 Ext:2436

Email: kdieleman@redeemer.ca

Department: English


Ph.D. (2006), English, McMaster University. Dissertation: Women, Worship, and Writing: The Religious Poetics of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Christina Rossetti and Adelaide Procter


M.A. (2001), English, McMaster University

Honours B.A. (2000), English, McMaster University

Diploma of Teaching (1988), Covenant Canadian Reformed Teachers College


  • Expository Writing I (ENG-201)
  • Western Culture & Tradition II (HUM-120)
  • Nineteenth-Century English Literature II: Victorian (ENG-346)


After ten years of teaching at a sister institution in the great city of Chicago, Dieleman returned to Ancaster to serve as Dean of Humanities and a professor of English at Redeemer. Her scholarship focuses on Victorian poetry’s intersections with religion and theology. Within that field, she has published on poetry and liturgy (see her scholarly book listed below), poetry and evolutionary thought, and poetry and social reform. She is presently working on theologies of creation in Victorian poetry.

Happily, in Dieleman’s view, the dean position at Redeemer does not preclude time in the classroom. Dieleman therefore teaches in both the English program and Redeemer’s core program.

Research Interests

Research and Teaching Interests:

Victorian poetry, poetic form, liturgy, evolutionary thought, theologies of creation

Victorian women poets, especially Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Christina Rossetti, Adelaide Procter, and Emily Pfeiffer

British and American Romanticism

The British novel

The art of the essay

Recent/Significant Publications:

“Aurora Leigh in the Netherlands, 1870-1900.” BRANCH (Britain, Representation, and Nineteenth-Century History), edited by Dino Franco Felluga, extension of Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net. October 2018.

“Transport and Anxiety over the Music of the Future: Swinburne and Pfeiffer on Wagner’s Lohengrin Prelude.” Victorian Review 44.2 (Fall 2018).

“Evolution and the Struggle of Love in Emily Pfeiffer’s Sonnets.” Victorian Poetry 54:3 (Fall 2016). 297-324. Doi: 10.1353/vp.2016.0014.

“Sacramental Memorializing: Upon the Death of Dante Gabriel Rossetti.” Nineteenth-Century Contexts 37.3 (May 2015): 215-31. DOI: 10.1080/08905495.2015.1043037.

Religious Imaginaries: The Liturgical and Poetic Practices of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Christina Rossetti and Adelaide Procter. Ohio University Press, 2012.