Rachael Isom


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Rachael Isom is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She works in British literature of the long nineteenth century, focusing particularly on the intersections of poetics and spirituality in texts by Romantic and early-Victorian women writers. She also serves as Assistant Editor of the Keats-Shelley Journal and works as a Project Assistant for the William Blake Archive




"'Habituat[ing] to Reflection': Hannah More's Romantic Novel." Essays in Romanticism 23.1 (2016): 95-112.

"'Do you think I can't read between the lines?': Discourse of the Unsaid in J. M. Coetzee's Diary of a Bad Year." The Journal of Commonwealth Literature. Published online ahead of print (March 2016): 1-14. http://jcl.sagepub.com/cgi/reprint/0021989415627314v1.pdf?ijkey=eYOnwjXD.... Forthcoming in print.

"Caroline Fry's Death, and Other Poems in Conversation with the Night Thoughts of Edward Young." New Perspectives on the Eighteenth Century 2.1 (2014): 63-74.


"Mansfield Park: Texts and Contexts," a Special Rare Book Exhibit for the 2016 Jane Austen Summer Program, Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library, UNC-Chapel Hill, June 2016, Co-curated with Taras Mikhailiuk. (http://blogs.lib.unc.edu/rbc/index.php/2016/07/08/mansfield-park-texts-a...)

"Emma at 200," a Special Rare Book Exhibit for the 2015 Jane Austen Summer Program, Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library, UNC-Chapel Hill, June 2015, Co-curated with Ted Scheinman. (http://blogs.lib.unc.edu/rbc/index.php/2015/07/27/emma-at-200/)


"Making a 'Sylvan Scene': Charlotte Smith's Pastoral Reflections in Beachy Head." British Women Writers Conference, Athens, GA, June 2016

"Literary and Cultural Reproduction in the Johnstone Family Miscellanea." South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) 87, Durham, NC, November 2015

"'On Reading a Line of Lord Byron's': Caroline Fry's Response to The Giaour." International Conference on Romanticism, Park City, UT, October 2015

"'Habituat[ing] to Reflection': Hannah More's Take on the Romantic Novel." International Conference on Romanticism, Minneapolis, MN, September 2014

"The Assistant of Education: Caroline Fry's Comprehensive Approach to Texts 'Intended fo rthe Use of Young Persons." 22nd Annual North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR) Conference, Washington, DC, July 2014

Teaching Awards

Doris Betts Award for Excellence in Teaching First-Year Composition, Department of English and Comparative Literature, UNC-Chapel Hill, September 2015


M.A., English Literature, Murray State University, 2013

B.A., English Literature, Murray State University, 2011



Research Groups and Interests

Group V - English Literature from 1789 to 1900 (Nineteenth-Century British Literature)