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Ph.D. in English with an emphasis on Victorian and Eighteenth-Century Literature from Stony Brook University
Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies from Stony Brook University
B.A. in English from the University of California Riverside
I teach primarily British Literature courses from most periods, including our surveys and our upper-division Shakespeare; I also teach courses in contemporary Multi-Ethnic Literature and in Gender and Sexuality. In Fall 2017, I’ll be teaching an independent study on the Rise of the English Novel. Apart from those, I’m teaching the Monsters and Magic First Year Inquiry (FYI) in the Spring of 2018, which will focus on the ‘Harry Potter’ series but will also include a study of contemporary film and television series. What makes a monster? is the question that we’ll ask considering how monstrosity and madness interacts with contemporary politics associated with race, national identity, gender, and historical trauma. Finally, I have taught Composition for nearly 9 years now and bring my own passion for reading and writing to it each time I do. In the Spring of 2018, I’ll be teaching two Topics in Writing courses: one of which will focus on Folk & Fairy Tales and the other that will focus on Gaming: Narrative Writing & Design.
"A Touch of the Hand: Manual Intercourse in Anne Brontë’s ‘The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.’" Nineteenth-Century Literature (September 2017): 161-191. "'At least shake hands': Tactile Relations in Charlotte Brontë’s ‘Jane Eyre’." Victorians: Journal of Culture and Literature (Autumn 2016): 195-215. "The Hand and the Mind, the Man and the Monster." Victorian Network 7.1 (Summer 2016): 107-136.
Review of Claire Stainthorp’s “Activity and Passivity: Class and Gender in the Case of the Artificial Hand,” published in Victorian Literature and Culture 45.1 (2017): 1-16. For the Journal of Literature and Science, forthcoming. Aviva Briefel’s The Racial Hand in the Victorian Imagination (Cambridge University Press, 2015). 218pp. ISBN 9781107116580 for British Society for Literature and Science (November 2016). Peter Capuano’s Changing Hands: Industry, Evolution, and the Reconfiguration of the Victorian Body (The University of Michigan Press, 2015). 340pp. ISBN 9780472121403 for British Society for Literature and Science (August 2015).
"A Hand in It: Hand Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century and Beyond." Modern Language Association. New York, New York, 4-7 January 2018. (Organized and Chaired, forthcoming.) "Hands across the Atlantic: ‘Tis Hard to Read a Ballad." Nineteenth-Century Studies Association, "Giving Hands: A Transatlantic Context," Lincoln, Nebraska, April 2016. (Organized, Chaired, Presented)
"Tactile Relations: Handling Eroticism, Negotiating Desire." British Women Writer’s Conference, Relations, "Touching Feeling’: Writing Bodies," New York, June 2015.
"Helen’s Touch: Manual Intercourse in Ann Brontë’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall." City University of New York, Graduate Center. Invited talk. (April 2015)
"Uninvited Touch: Reading Sexual Violence in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Literature." Modern Language Association, "Literary Rape Culture" (Panel), Vancouver, Canada, January 2015.
"Manual Intercourse: A Language of Hands and Their Tactile Gestures." Modern Language Association, "Gesture" (Panel), Vancouver, Canada, January 2015.
Co-Managing Editor, Victorian Literature and Culture
North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA)
Nineteenth-Century Studies Association (NCSA)
Modern Language Association (MLA)
Victorian Novel; Eighteenth-Century Novel; Hands and Tactility in British Literature; Sexuality; Literary Rape Culture; Distance Education; Professional Writing; Publishing; Monstrosity
I’ve always been a reader of fantasy, though recently I’ve been barreling through the Miss Fisher Mysteries series by Kerrie Green—they’ve got a strong female leading character and they’re shorter, which is fun (Victorian novels average 450 pages, so these are a nice change of pace). In addition to reading, once upon a time, I was a gamer. I’ve accepted that I still adore old gaming systems, though I’ve been enjoying contemporary puzzle games, particularly Unravel and the Portal series. Finally, is there anything more fun than home improvement? I got a tile saw during my undergrad and still enjoy projects that require problem solving.