Teaching Fellow and PhD Candidate
Rae Yan is a fifth-year PhD candidate in nineteenth-century British literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her dissertational research investigates the ways in which late-Victorian literary writers such as Edward Bulwer-Lytton, George Eliot, Sheridan Le Fanu, and Robert Louis Stevenson, grappled with scientific theories of universal form derived from philosophical anatomy. Her research in Victorian science and literature enriches her interests and work in modern Chinese literature. She holds a certificate in digital humanities through UNC Chapel Hill and is a founding editor of the James Malcolm Rymer Archive which includes the first digital edition of James Malcolm Rymer's serialized novel The Sepoys; or, Highland Jessie. A tale of the present Indian revolt. alongside Dr. Rebecca Nesvet of UW Green Bay.
Honors and Awards
A prolific author of 'penny bloods' and ‘dreadfuls’, James Malcolm Rymer is credited with inventing the enduring pseudo-historical villain Sweeney Todd. Rymer also made major interventions in British fictional representations of nautical life and Victorian transoceanic imperialism. The James Malcolm Rymer Collection is very much a work in progress that aims to recover this influential and engaging author's attributed texts and the genre of the 'penny blood' for scholarly and general readers. To these ends, the Collection will consist of open access, intellectually accessible digital editions of selected fiction by and/or attributed to James Malcolm Rymer (1814-1884). These editions will be published at Price One Penny Editions. The Collection will reveal Rymer's surprisingly nuanced writing's subtexts, historical contexts, and potential modern applications. Along with the Price One Penny edition of The Mysteries of the Inquisition, the James Malcolm Rymer Collection will serve editors of succeeding Price One Penny Editions as an exemplar. It also aims to showcase new approaches and the application of best practices in digital documentary editing of illustrated fiction and serials. The current edition, Malcolm's The Sepoys; Or, Highland Jessie is being published serially, with new installments being published over the course of the next several months.
B.A. English (Honors) & Chinese Literature and Culture, Wellesley College, 2011