Doreen Thierauf is a PhD Candidate and Distinguished Teaching Fellow in English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interests include Victorian literature and culture; gender studies; theories of embodiment, affect, and sensation; and particularly 19th-century writings on sexuality, pregnancy, and maternity.
Her dissertation project, “Spectacularly Conceived: Sexual Violence and Burdened Motherhood in Nineteenth-Century British Literature,” investigates spectacular scenes of assault and the staging of women’s reproductive capacity in The History of Mary Prince, Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Aurora Leigh and other poems, and George Eliot’s Middlemarch and Daniel Deronda. The project has been awarded the Midwest Victorian Studies Association's Walter L. Arnstein Prize (2016) as well as the Fred and Joan Thomson Award for Outstanding Dissertation Work from UNC (2015).
Her essay, “The Hidden Abortion Plot in in George Eliot’s Middlemarch,” appeared in Victorian Studies in 2014. Another piece, “Forever After: Desire in the 21st-Century Romance Blockbuster,” has been published in the Journal of Popular Culture (2016) and was inspired by classroom discussions with students in her Introduction to Fiction undergraduate seminar. The essay recently won the 2017 Russel B. Nye Award for Outstanding Article by the Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association.
Doreen currently co-chairs the British Women Writers Conference Steering Committee for the 25th Anniversary Conference in Chapel Hill in June 2017, and is co-editing an issue of Women's Writing on the theme of "Generations" to accompany the conference. She served as Assistant Editor for the Keats-Shelley Journal from 2012 to 2015.
Russel B. Nye Award for Outstanding Article, Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association, 2017
Walter L. Arnstein Prize for Dissertation Research in Victorian Studies, Midwest Victorian Studies Association, 2016
Dissertation Completion Fellowship, UNC Graduate School, 2016-17
Fred and Joan Thomson Award, Outstanding Dissertation Work, UNC English Dept., 2015
W. Bruce Lea, Jr. Dissertation Fellowship, UNC English Dept., Spring 2015
Friedrich Ebert Foundation Graduate Study Award, 2008-2009
Fulbright Travel Award, 2006-2007
Distinguished Teaching Fellowship, UNC, 2015-2016
Lawrence G. Avery Award, Outstanding Teaching in Undergraduate Literature, UNC,
Earl Hartsell Award, Outstanding Teaching in Composition, UNC, 2013
Future Faculty Fellowship Program Award, UNC Center for Teaching and Learning, 2013
Ph.D. English and Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina, Chapel
Certificate in Feminist Studies, Duke University (2017)
M.A. English and History, University of Rostock, Germany (2009)
B.A. English and German, University of Rostock, Germany (2006)