Graduate Student Attendees

Graduate student names, universities, dissertation titles, and research interests

Emily Anderson, Rutgers University

Research Interests: Long 19th-Century British Literature & Print Culture, Spatial Theory, Children's Literature, Book History, Novel

Spencer Armada, UC Santa Cruz

Krista Barrett, Louisiana State University

Dissertation: "'Conditions of Happiness': Disability, Class and Family Formation in the Victorian Novel"

Research Interests: I am a disability studies scholar in addition to a Victorianist studying the midcentury novel. I am interested in how disability intersects with class and gender in representations of families in domestic fiction.

Eden Bart, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Dissertation: "Ideal Masculinity in George Eliot's Rural Novels"

Research Interests: I am interested in the intersect of literature, gender and history. I am also curious about poetry and its modes of expression.

Aaron Bartlett, University of Maryland

Dissertation: "Speaking to Futurity: The Materiality of the Voice in Nineteenth-Century Poetry"

Research Interests: My dissertation examines the interconnected relationship between voice, the material text, and the body of the author in C19 poetry in a broadly intersectional framework. I particularly examine how racially- and gender-marked authors are differently impacted by poetic voice understood in material terms. More generally, my research focuses on nineteenth-century poetry, textual studies, history of the book, material culture, and media studies.

Ravinder Basra, Royal Holloway, University of London

Dissertation: "A Shipwreck to America"

Research Interests: Colonialism, Modernism and Mental Health

Mayrose Beatty, Rutgers University

Research Interests: 19th century novel, sensation fiction, gothic, melodrama, psychology, Classics, reception/adaptation.

Preeshita Biswas, Texas Christian University

Dissertation: "Palimpsestuous Bonds: Transimperial Intimacies and Asian Neo-Victorianisms"

Research Interests: Preeshita Biswas is pursuing her Ph.D. degree in English Literature from Texas Christian University. A scholar of global Victorian and neo-Victorian literatures, her research takes up conventional literary genres and popular literary forms such as Victorian periodicals and neo-Victorian anime and manga/comics. Her doctoral project focuses on Asian neo-Victorian popular literatures, specifically manga and anime, examined through the interdisciplinary lenses of transimperialism, transculturation, oceanic migration, race, ethnicity, and queer sexuality theories. Her work appears in ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830 and Refugee Watch: A South Asian Journal on Forced Migration, and in the Palgrave Encyclopedia of Victorian Women’s Writings. Her book chapter is forthcoming in Women in Power: Female Agency in the Nineteenth Century (Bloomsbury).

Margaret Bowlin, University of Iowa

Dissertation: "(Undecided) Apostrophic Letters, Prayer, and Narration"

Research Interests: I read nineteenth century Romantic and Victorian literature through a postsecular lens — interrogating the relationship between faith and literature. I am particularly interested in instances of apostrophe in texts — letters, prayer, and narrators who speak to the audience — and how these are ultimately expressions of faith and hope.

Anne Boylan, Indiana University

Research Interests: Anne Boylan is a Ph.D. candidate specializing in Victorian literature with interests in gender, sexuality, and cultural studies. She is currently working on a dissertation on manifestations of liberal gender ideology in Victorian literature and its persistence in Western neoliberal feminism.

Jordan Bunzel, Indiana University

Dissertation: "Learning through the Body: Experimental Educations and the Victorian School Novel"

Research Interests: My dissertation and research set out to reevaluate the Victorian period's legacy to modern education. While historians tend to believe that nineteenth-century England helped produce modern bureaucratized, regulated, and standardized forms of schoooling, I argue that the period was also interested in early forms of progressive learning that involved holistically stimulating students' bodies. Such practices emerged not only in fringe schools but also at the heart of the Victorian public-school system. These methods included affective education (stimulating students with mixtures of pain and pleasure to foster them in new capacities of fellow feeling), visual and outdoor learning (which helped students appreciate and distrus their sociopolitical surroundings in equal measure), and kinesthetic education (which encouraged students to move in ways that were sometimes rebelliously violent toward their teachers to show them how to spur productive forms of social reform) The project examines these and other forms of experimental learning as they circulated both through contemporary teachers' writings and school novels fictionalizing them.

Triana Burroughs, University of North Texas

Research Interests: My main areas of interest are 20th century British Literature, 19th and 20th Century American literature, the transformation of Christian literature in the 20th century, study between faith and literature.

Alice Clapie, Columbia University

Dissertation: "The Fear of Degeneration and the New Drama"

Research Interests: My current research focuses on British theatre of the turn of the 20th century, late Victorian and Edwardian theatre. In this project I am using degeneration as an interpretive tool to analyze the emergence of the New Drama. I am looking at plays by J.M. Barrie, Oscar Wilde, Bernard Shaw, Cecily Hamilton, Elizabeth Robins, Harley Granville Barker, Githa Sowerby, Arthur Pinero, Sidney Grundy, and John Galsworthy for examples. More generally speaking, I am interested in understanding the relationship between theatre, theatricality, performance, and humanism. I am thinking of humanism in the sense of an ideology that puts the human at the top of a hierarchy of beings and an ideology that defines the human in terms of its capacity to aspire to perfectibility.

Nina Cook, Rice University

Dissertation: "Stepping Through the Looking Glass: Interpolating the Subject in Visual and Verbal Art 1760-1880"

Research Interests: Nina Cook's dissertation examines techniques of representation in visual art and the novel through the lens of "interpolation," which she defines as the act of absorbing or engaging an audience's attention. A student of how visual culture informs the development of literary genres, particularly the novel, her dissertation engages in what she calls "close looking" at both literary form, historical context, and the intersection at key points of visual and verbal art.

Anya Eastman, Royal Holloway, University of London

Dissertation: "Memorialisation and Posthumous Curation: the Displacing of the Victorian Voice, Corpse and Corpus in an Evolving Heritage Sector"

Research Interests: My doctoral research focuses on the memorialisation of Charles Dickens, George Eliot and Oscar Wilde. I am interested in how these authors informed their own posthumous representations through their writing, as well as how changing publics have chosen to curate their respective legacies.

Suzanne Ebraheem, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Dissertation: "Feminine Passivity in the American Modernist Novel"

Research Interests: My research interests include novel theory, Modernist literature, metafiction, and gender. My current research focuses on the often-gendered notion of passivity and how it works thematically in three 20th-century American novels by William Faulkner, Vladimir Nabokov, and Thomas Pynchon.

Ariane Farris, UC Santa Cruz

Research Interests: My research interests are currently focused on the portrayal of facial different in popular culture. I am also interested in speculative fiction, particularly Afrofuturism, and the fields of disability studies, critical race and ethnic studies, gender and sexuality studies, sociology and anthropology.

Sophia Featherstone, Columbia University

MA Thesis: "Growing Crooked: Extractivism and the Bildungsroman in Wuthering Heights"

Research Interests: My research explores how bodies record environmental histories in nineteenth century British literature, especially the ways in which extractivism shapes (or reshapes) conceptions of corporeality. Research interests: Nineteenth century British literature, Environmental Humanities/Ecocriticism, Disability Studies, and Gender and Sexuality Studies.

Andie Ferniany, University of Mississippi 

Dissertation: "Mobile Femininities in Eighteenth-Century Women's Writing"

Research Interests: Eighteenth-century literature and culture, critical femininity studies, feminist criticism, gender & sexuality studies, and ecocriticisim.

Miranda Hoegberg, UC Los Angeles

Dissertation: "Sex and the Eighteenth-Century Novel"

Research Interests: I am interested in sex scenes, pornography, gender and sexuality, and the novel form transhistorically.

Phil Hoffert, Stanford University

Shalisa James, Harvard University

Dissertation: "Necessary Trauma: Emotion, Trauma, and Narrative in the Victorian Novel"

Research Interests: I am interested in the ways the authors, implied authors, and narrators of Victorian novels construct their worlds in tension to their purported realist mission. I investigate how these narrative worlds restrict, exact, and impose on the emotions of the characters they house. In turn, I aim to uncover the tacit messaging communicated when characters of a certain emotional disposition are punished by or ousted from the world of the novel for their emotions rather than their behaviors.

Myles Jeffrey, University of Texas, Austin

Research Interests: Primarily motivated by interests in narratology, novel theory, and film, my research currently focuses on the importance of metafictionality and self-reflexivity to the development of the novel and motion picture forms as we know them today. I also study screenplays as literary objects and have written about the vital role that screenplays ought to play in current understandings of novel-to-film adaptations.

Bethany Johnsen, UC Los Angeles

Dissertation: "Collateral Subjects: Character and Plot in the Novel"

Research Interests: My interests are the history and theory of the novel, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature and culture, Enlightenment philosophy, and intersections between philosophy and literature.

Ido Keren, Stanford University

Research Interests: Nineteenth century British fiction, sociology of literature, aesthetic theory

Andrew David King, UC Berkeley

Research Interests: Global anglophone literatures; transatlantic fin de siècle cultures, literature, and media; disability studies and the medical humanities; critical theory; the evolution of genre and generic intersections (especially between poetry and other genres).

Henry Kirby, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Dissertation: "Unsettling Laughter: Native Humor and Resistance in the Nineteenth Century"

Research Interests: Nineteenth-Century U.S. Literature and Culture, Indigenous Studies, and Nineteenth-Century Humor

Jakapat Koohapremkit, University of Texas, Austin

Research Interests: Jakapat Koohapremkit is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the Department of English Literature at the University of Texas at Austin. Their research concentrates on Victorian Literature, Philosophy and Literature, Orientalism, and the translation of English Literature in Asia during the late 19th and early 20th century. Their current projects are the examination of the Thai translation of The Mikado, the reading of the marriage plot in terms of race, education, and empire, and exploration of how Wilde and Nietzsche's writings can serve as a basis for a form of reading that allows both strong critique and weak truths to florish.

Seohye Kwon, Louisiana State University

Research Interests: My research areas are masculinity studies, postcolonial studies, and global studies. My dissertation attends to the ways in which cultural mediums produce and represent Korean masculinities in relation to hegemonic white American masculinities.

Carly Lewis, Rutgers University

Research Interests: I am interested in nineteenth-century British literature and my research broadly focuses on space, ecocriticism, imperialism, and print and publication history.

Sara Loy, Indiana University

Dissertation: "Practice Imperfect: Agential Repetition in the Golden Age of Children's Literature"

Research Interests: I am interested in children's literature and paradigms of childhood, both in the British long nineteenth century and today; speculative fiction; and vampires in popular culture. I have a doctoral minor in Rhetoric & Composition, so I also think a lot about writing pedagogy and feminist rhetoric.

Jessica Monaco, Stanford University

Dissertation: "Haunted Novels: The Rewritten Ghosts of the Gothic"

Research Interests: Jessica Monaco works on the Gothic in British literature across the long nineteenth century. Her research focuses on representations of time and literary history within novels, characters treated as “doubles” of each other, and novels that have Gothic elements but are not normally categorized as examples of the genre. Her work also draws from current medieval studies and includes digital humanities methods.

Rowan Morar, Rice University

Dissertation: "Aesthetics of Intoxication in British Literature, 1660-1760"

Research Interests: My archive traces the development of somatic and psychological tropes of difference that enabled elite profiteering and pleasure but scapegoated workers and racial others as drunks, addicts, and degenerates - the people who produced Britain's empire of drugs. I also research and teach contemporary African literature in English.

Joy Morrow, Southern Methodist University

Research Interests: I specialize in the British novel in the long nineteenth century and am particularly interested in how ideological constructs are represented in the novel (such as gender and class). I am also interestedsara in the legacies of these texts and their authors, focusing primarily on how representations of those ideological structures shift in retellings and adaptations of those novels.

Soyoo Park, Ohio State University

MA Thesis: "After the Loss of Bloom: The Representation of Female Body in Persuasion"

Research Interests: 19th century British and American Literature; Jane Austen; Victorian novels; queer and sexuality theories 

Sarah Margaret Pittman, University of Mississippi

Dissertation: "Capitalism's Vampiric Kiss: Bankruptcy, Entaglement, and Extraction in Victorian Literature"

Research Interests: Victorian literature, political economy, extraction capitalism, Gothic literature, ecocriticism, and gender

Ian Shaughnessy, Southern Methodist University

Research Interests: 20th and 21st Century American Literature, Queer Literature and Theory, Narrative Theory

Kristine Van Dusen, San Francisco State University

MA Thesis: "'Incalculably diffusive': Climate Anxiety and George Eliot’s Poetics of the Small"

Research Interests: Victorian Literature and cross-cultural connections, animal studies, ecocriticism, moral philosophy, and George Eliot.

Amber Walters Molina, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Research Interests: Amber Walters-Molina studies nineteenth-century British speculative fiction and women writers.

Haiyi Wang, Sungkyunkwan University

Dissertation: "The Paradox of Humanitarian Intervention in A Tale of Two Cities: A Revolution of Two Sides"

Research Interests: Dickens advocated kindness, benevolence, and tolerance, and exposed his idealism of fear for revolution and support to change social contradictions through humanitarianism by portraying a group of characters such as Doctor Manette, his daughter Lucie, Jarvis Lorry and Sydney Carton who conducted humanitarian intervention. Their spirits of benevolence and forgiveness dissolved hatred in the world and changed the hearts distorted by detestation. He not only deeply criticized the aristocrats who lived an extravagant life, but also expressed deep sympathy for the oppressed ordinary folks. This paper analyzes how Dickens showed the paradox of humanitarian intervention by portraying the characters of different social classes in A Tale of Two Cities. Readers should interpret the storylines from both positive and negative aspects according to the historical significance of the French Revolution. There are not only achievements of appreciating goodness and beauty in human nature which are conducive to the transformation of social atmosphere but also limitations which are reflected in his complex and contradictory comments on the ordinary people in society. His humanitarianism is overly idealized and lacks a deep understanding of the essential causes of social contradictions, and he only proposed some unpractical improvement plans. The humanitarian intervention Charles Dickens suggested in A Tale of Two Cities could never solve the conflicts between aristocrats and common civilians.

Ellie White, University of Iowa

Research Interests: Victorian coming-of-age novels and children's literature

Eliza Wilcox, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Dissertation: "Femme, 1790-1928"

Research Interests: I work on queer fem(me)ininity and disability in the long nineteenth century. I am particularly interested in queer femme sensibility and aesthetics across revolutionary and regency literature; public anatomy and its impact on public conceptualizations of gender and sexuality; and the role of sex work in late Victorian depictions of femininity.

Rudi Yniguez, UC Berkeley

Dissertation: "Inky Bodies: A Radical Tradition of British First-Person Narration"

Research Interests: Narratology, political representation, minor characters

Molly Young, University of Pennsylvania

Dissertation: "The Everyday Beyond Description"

Research Interests: Literature and philosophy, Ordinary Language Philosophy, history of the novel, intersections of the literary and the visual