Areas of Interest
Nineteenth-century British Literature; Gender; Space and Mobility; Women writers
Centre College, BA
University of Colorado–Boulder, MA
I specialize in British literature of the long nineteenth century, with a particular interest in gender, physical mobility, and everyday life. While my research focuses primarily on the novel, I have also written and published on poetry, periodicals, and life writing. My dissertation, “Paths of Resistance: Walking Women in Nineteenth-Century Literature,” explores how British women writers advanced and assessed emerging liberal ideals through the figure of the female pedestrian. Reading novels by Frances Burney, Charlotte Smith, Anne and Charlotte Brontë, Elizabeth Gaskell, and Charlotte Yonge alongside a corpus of unpublished women’s manuscript diaries, I present walking as a locus of gendered, liberal self-cultivation in the nineteenth-century novel. Spanning the long nineteenth century (1778-1892), this project offers a new literary genealogy for the walking woman, exploring the associations with sexuality, violence, disability, individualism, and the everyday that combine to make her a multiform and surprisingly central figure of nineteenth-century culture.
“The Possibility of Taking a Walk: Jane Eyre’s Persistent Mobility.” Victorians: A Journal of Culture and Literature, Volume 132, Winter 2017, pp. 116-129.
Selected Conference Presentations
“‘Round and round the room’: Gender, Mobility, and Disability in Dickens.” Dickens Day. Institute of English Studies. London, UK. October 2019.
“‘Gentle Violence’: Liberty and Mobility in Burney’s Evelina and Smith’s Emmeline.” North American Society for the Study of Romanticism. Chicago, IL. August 2019.
“‘On the score of her great learning’: Romantic Education in Smith’s Old Manor House and Owenson’s The Wild Irish Girl.” International Conference on Romanticism. Manchester, UK. July 2019.
“Wild Wanderings: Gender and Pedestrian Travel in Charlotte Smith’s Elegiac Sonnets.” British Women Writer’s Conference. Auburn, AL. April 2019.