Jeff Franklin

Jeff Franklin

Mailing Address:
Department of English
Campus Box 175 
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364

Office Location:
1051 9th St Park, Rm. 101

By Appointment (Remotely)



About Dr. Jeff Franklin:

Jeff Franklin has been a professor at CU Denver since 2000. He has had the pleasure of teaching a wide range of literature and literary studies courses, especially in the history of the novel, nineteenth-century British literature and culture, critical theory, and poetry. His scholarship has come to focus on religion in Victorian Britain, Buddhism and alternative religions. He also teaches mindfulness meditation. He loves living in Denver with his wife, Judy Lucas, and being with their grown children and granddaughter. He loves to talk with family and friends, read, camp, hike, kayak, sail, ski, hang out at the beach, and sit in nature's beauty.


2021 Franklin, J. Jeffrey. "Where We Lay Down." Kelsay Books. 2021.

2018 Franklin, J. Jeffrey. Spirit Matters: Occult Beliefs, Alternative Religions, and the Crisis of Faith in Victorian Britain. Cornell University Press. 2018

2016 Franklin, J. Jeffrey. “Anthony Trollope’s Religion.” Routledge Research Companion to Anthony Trollope. Deborah Denenholz Morse, Margaret Markwick, and Mark W. Turner, eds. Routledge, 2016: 347-359.

2015 Franklin, J. Jeffrey. “Arnold, Edwin.” The Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature. Dino Franco Felluga, Pamela K. Gilbert, and Linda K. Hughes, eds. Blackwell Publishing, 2015.

2013 Franklin, J. Jeffrey.  “The Economics of Immortality: The Demi-Immortal Oriental, Enlightenment Vitalism, and Political Economy in Dracula.” Cahiers victoriens & édouardiens 76 (2012): 127-148.

2012 Franklin, J. Jeffrey. “Existential Nihilism and the Nineteenth-Century Nirvana Debate: Jean-Paul Sartre Meets Nagarjuna.” Journal of Religion and Literature 44.1 (spring 2012): 73-96.

2012 Franklin, J. Jeffrey.  “The Influences of Buddhism and Comparative Religion on Matthew Arnold.” Literature Compass. Special Issue: Philosophy and Literature in Nineteenth-Century Britain. 9.11 (November 2012): 813-825. 11 November 2012.

2012 Franklin, J. Jeffrey.  “The Four Noble Truths of Buddhism in Victorian England, 1870-1900.” Victorian Review 32.2 (fall 2012): 21-26.

2012 Franklin, J. Jeffrey. “The Evolution of Occult Spirituality in Victorian England and the Representative Case of Edward Bulwer-Lytton.” The Ashgate Companion to Spiritualism and the Occult in the Nineteenth Century. Ed. Sarah Willburn and Tatiana Kontou. Ashgate Publishing, 2012: 216-256.

2009 Franklin, J. Jeffrey. The Lotus and the Lion: Buddhism and the British Empire. New Delhi, India: Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers, 2009. [A republication by a separate publisher in India.]

2008 Franklin, J. Jeffrey. The Lotus and the Lion: Buddhism and the British Empire.Ithaca, NY: Cornell UP, 2008.

2006 Franklin, Jeffrey. For the Lost Boys. Denver: Ghost Road Press, 2006.

2005 Franklin, J. Jeffrey. "The Life of the Buddha in Victorian England." English Literary History (ELH) 72 (winter 2005): 941-974.

2003 Franklin, J. Jeffrey. "Anthony Trollope Meets Pierre Bourdieu: The Conversion of Capital as Plot in the Mid-Victorian British Novel." Victorian Literature and Culture 31.2 (summer 2003): 501-521.

2003 Franklin, J. Jeffrey. "The Counter-Invasion of Britain by Buddhism in Marie Corelli's A Romance of Two Worlds and H. Rider Haggard's Ayesha: The Return of She." Victorian Literature and Culture 31.1 (spring 2003): 19-42.

2001 Franklin, J. Jeffrey. "Memory as the Nexus of Identity, Empire, and Evolution in George Eliot's Middlemarch and H. Rider Haggard's She." Cahiers victoriens & édouardiens 53 (2001): 141-170.

1999 Franklin, J. Jeffrey. Serious Play: The Cultural Form of the Nineteenth-Century Realist Novel. Philadelphia: U Pennsylvania P, 1999.

Individual poems published in journals such as Arts & Letters, Crab Orchard Review, Measure, New England Review, Shenandoah, Southern Poetry Review, and Best American Poetry.

Areas of Expertise: My research focuses on nineteenth-century British culture and literature, in particular religious discourse in Victorian England and the British Empire. I also have expertise in the history of the British novel, the history of poetry, poetic form, Buddhism, nineteenth-century spiritualism and occultism, and specific Victorian authors. I am seriously interested in the teaching of writing.

Courses Taught:

  • ENGL 6018, The Literature of Victorian Religion
  • ENGL 6015, From Decadence to Modernism: British Literature 1880-1920
  • ENGL 6001, Critical Theory in Literature and Film
  • ENGL 5100, Literary Research and Writing (methods course for MA students)
  • ENGL 4999, Victorian Masculinities
  • ENGL 4803, Special Topics in Creative Writing: The Forms of Poetry
  • ENGL 4700/5004, Literature of the British Empire
  • ENGL 4600/5600, Modern British and Irish Literature
  • ENGL 4580/5580, The Victorian Age (British literature 1837-1901)
  • ENGL 4320/5320, History of Poetry in English
  • ENGL 4210/5210, History of the English Novel II (19th-20th century)
  • ENGL 4200/5200, History of the English Novel I (17th-18th century)
  • ENGL 4025, Advanced Writing Workshop: Poetry
  • ENGL 4180, Argumentation and Logic
  • ENGL 4000/5000, Major Authors: Thomas Hardy & D.H. Lawrence
  • ENGL 3330, Gothic Literature
  • ENGL 3020, Creative Writing Workshop: Poetry
  • ENGL 3001, Critical Writing (Introduction to literary theory, scholarship, writing)
  • ENGL 2154, Introduction to Creative Writing
  • ENGL 1400, Introduction to Literary Studies
  • UHL 3502, The Literature and History of Science in the Nineteenth Century