Rachael Isom


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Rachael Isom is a Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her dissertation project, tentatively titled "Enthusiastic Poetics and the Woman Writer, 1820-1860," traces the concept of enthusiasm as used by second-generation Romantic and early Victorian women writers to authorize their writing and negotiate the formation of poetic identity. She also serves as Managing 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.


"Records of Woman," a Special Exhibition of Rare Books for the 2017 British Women Writers Conference, Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library, UNC-Chapel Hill, June 2017, Co-curated with Kelli M. Holt. (http://bwwc17.web.unc.edu/rare-books-exhibit-records-of-woman/)

"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/)


"Enthusiasm and Dramatic Monologue in L.E.L.'s The Improvisatrice (1824)." British Women Writers Conference (BWWC), Chapel Hill, NC, June 2017.

"Campus History Goes Digital: Annotating a 19th-Century Scrapbook in First-Year Composition." Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP), Victoria, BC, June 2017.

"Enthusiasm, Repression, and the 'Darkened Mind' in Sydney Owenson's The Missionary." International Conference on Romanticism (ICR), Colorado Springs, CO, October 2016.

"Making a 'Sylvan Scene': Charlotte Smith's Pastoral Reflections in Beachy Head." British Women Writers Conference (BWWC), 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.

"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)