Rae X. Yan


Swain 215

Teaching Fellow and PhD Candidate

Rae Yan is a sixth-year PhD candidate in nineteenth-century British literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her dissertational research investigates late nineteenth-century nostalgia for anatomy as both scientific discipline and literary genre in the works of George Eliot, Sheridan Le Fanu, and Robert Louis Stevenson. Her research in Victorian literature and science 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.



  • “Dickens’s Wild Child: Nurture and Discipline after Peter the Wild Boy.” Dickens Studies Annual 48 (forthcoming 2017).


Honors and Awards

  • Fred and Joan Thomson Award for Outstanding Dissertation Work. UNC-CH. 2017.
  • Royster Fellowship. UNC-CH. 2012-present.
  • Eliason Dissertation Fellowship, UNC-CH. 2016.
  • Future Faculty Fellowship, UNC-CH. 2016.
  • Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative Graduate Student Fellowship. UNC-CH. 2015.
  • Thomas F. Ferdinand Digital Humanities Summer Research Fellowship. UNC-CH. 2014.


Conference Presentations

  • "The Philosophical Anatomy of Robert Louis Stevensons." Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies. Philadelphia, PA. 2017.
  • "Sickening Narratives of Lu Xun's 'Diary of a Madman'." Association for Asian Studies. Seattle, WA. 2016.
  • "Modern Chinese Literature and the Borders of Humanities Discourse." American Comparative Literature Association. Cambridge, MA. 2016.
  • "Human Nature Under the Lens: George Eliot and the Tissue as Ultimate Fact." Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies. Asheville, NC. 2016.
  • "Chinese Patterns in George Meredith's The Egoist." South Atlantic Modern Language Association. Durham, NC. 2015.
  • "Ekphrastic Reflections on Politics in Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Casa Guidi Windows." British Women Writers Conference. Binghamton, NY. 2014.
  • "Violence and Insurrection Among the Wolf-Children of W.H. Sleeman's A Journey Through the Kingdom of Oude in 1849-1850." Midwest Victorian Studies Association Conference. Ann Arbor, MI. 2014.
  • "Minding the Savage Child: Dickens and Medical Discourse in the 19th Century." English Student Association Conference. NYC, NY. 2013.



B.A. English (Honors) & Chinese Literature and Culture, Wellesley College, 2011

Research Groups and Interests

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