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Megan Swartzfager

August 7, 2020

Degrees

2020, BA English, University of Mississippi

Bio

Megan Swartzfager is enrolled in the MA program in Literature, Medicine and Culture and serves as a HHIVE Lab RA. She is interested in gendered rhetoric in medicine, the politicization of medical knowledge, and social determinants of health.


Margaret Maurer

November 19, 2018

Degrees

2015, M.Phil. Medieval and Renaissance Literature, Cambridge University

2014, Pedagogy, Brooklyn College (non-degree)

2013, A.B. English Literature & Theater, Brown University

Bio

Margaret Maurer’s research focuses on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century literature and science, especially alchemy and chymistry. She explores the interaction between literature and science through manuscript and print culture, the material book, and book history.


Publications:

  • “‘The undiscovered country’: Shakespeare, Star Trek, and Intertextual Narratives in Station Eleven,” Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction (vol. 48, issue 134, p. 32-44), November 2019.
  • “Receiving Alchemical Knowledge”The Recipes Project, 2018.

Teaching Awards

  • Erika Lindemann Award for Demonstrated Excellence in Teaching, Spring 2020
  • UNC Writing Program Professional Development Award: Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020

Awards

  • Jerry Leath Mills Research Travel Grant, Studies in Philology, Spring 2020
  • Medieval and Early Modern Studies Research Grant, MEMS UNC, Spring 2020
  • Pre-Dissertation Exploration Award, UNC Center for Global Initiatives, Spring 2020
  • The Languages of Nature: Science, Literature, and the Imagination Travel Grant, Folger Shakespeare Library, September 2019
  • Ruth Rose Richardson Award for Outstanding Record in the First Year of Graduate Study, Department of English and Comparative Literature, UNC-Chapel Hill, August 2018
  • A Folger Orientation to Research Methods and Agendas Travel Grant, Folger Shakespeare Library, May 2018
  • Incubator Award, UNC-Chapel Hill Libraries, 2018
  • Digital Rolls and Fragments Graduate Workshop, Beineike Library, November 2017
  • Medieval and Early Modern Studies Small Research Grant, MEMS UNC, 2017
  • Millie Helen Hicks Premium, Brown University, 2013

Michele Robinson

June 13, 2018

Degrees

2009, BA English, Kenyon College

2011, MA Humanities with English focus, University of Chicago

Bio

Michele Robinson is pursuing a minor in Women’s and Gender studies and her dissertation focuses on the role of space and gender in nineteenth century literature. She has enjoyed teaching courses like English 105, 123 Into to Fiction: Gendered Politics of Madness and Mental Illness, and 129 Literature and Cultural Diversity.


Awards

  • Julius Sylvester Hanner Memorial Fellowship
  • Ruth Rose Richardson Prize

Lauren Pinkerton

April 23, 2018

Degrees

B.A., Plan II and English Honors, The University of Texas at Austin (2011)

Bio

English PhD student studying late nineteenth and early twentieth century British literature with a focus on the theory and history of knowledge, women’s writing, and novel studies.


Publications:

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:

  • “Archiving Dracula: Knowledge Acquisition and Interdisciplinarity,” Nineteenth-Century Contexts (forthcoming)

Edited Special Issues:

  • Guest co-editor, with Doreen Thierauf, Generational Exchange and Transition in Women’s Writing, special issue of Women’s Writing, vol. 26, no. 2, 2019.

Awards

  • Evan Frankel Departmental Dissertation Fellowship, UNC-Chapel Hill (2020)
  • Inductee, Frank Porter Graham Graduate and Professional Student Honor Society, UNC-Chapel Hill (2018)

Katharine Landers

April 23, 2018

Degrees

2011, BA English, Davidson College

Bio

I am a PhD candidate and Teaching Fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My dissertation, entitled Dressing Authority: The Politics of Fashion in English Women’s Writing, 1616-1676, examines resistant discourses of dress in works by Margaret Cavendish, Anne Clifford, Mary Carleton, and others, situating their writings at the interdisciplinary nexus of the history of dress and seventeenth-century political theory. I argue that sartorial-political speech underscores the limits of Royalist/Stuart politics, responding with alternative sites of local, aristocratic, and non-legislative political power. I consider diverse representations of dress, from locally-produced textiles to spectacular widow ensembles to possibly-counterfeit jewels, showing how apparel advances loyal-but-resistant political agendas for seventeenth-century women.


Publications:

  • “Visualizing the Widow Self: Politics, Agency, and Androgyny in Lady Anne Clifford’s Great Picture.” Clio: a Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History 48, no. 1. Forthcoming, 2020.
  • “‘A veil of obscure mourning’: Widowhood Dress and Political Authority in Margaret Cavendish’s Bell in Campo and True Relation.” Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal 51, no. 2. Forthcoming, 2021.
  • “‘Political ‘Modes’: Resistant Fashion in Cavendish, Hutchinson, and Evelyn.” English Literary Renaissance. Special issue, ed. Julie Crawford. Expected 2023. (Under review)
  • “Women and Fashion in Print,” ed. Katherine Acheson, The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Early Modern Women’s Writing, general editors Patricia Pender and Rosalind Smith. (London: Palgrave, under review).
  • “‘A Serving-Man to become a Queen’: Digitized Woodcuts and the Gender/Class Slide in ‘The Famous Flower of Serving-Men.’” Early Modern Criticism and Politics in a Time of Crisis, ed. Patricia Palmer and David Baker Santa Barbara: EMC Imprint. Forthcoming 2020.
  • Anne Clifford.” Coauthored with Megan Matchinske. In Oxford Bibliographies (obo), “Renaissance and Reformation,” (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020).
  • Dangerous Conjectures’: Ophelia’s Ballad Performance.” Coauthored with David J. Baker, Travis Alexander, Adam Engel, Mary Learner, and Ashley Werlinich. Ballads and Performance: The Multi-Modal Stage in Early Modern England, ed. Patricia Fumerton (Santa Barbara: EMC Imprint, 2018).

Awards

  • Howell-Voitle Dissertation Award, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2019)
  • Jerry Leath Mills/Studies in Philology Research Travel Grant, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2019)
  • Department of English and Comparative Literature Summer Dissertation Fellowship, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2019)
  • Shakespeare Association of America Graduate Student Travel Grant (2019)
  • Dorothy Ford Wiley Visiting Professor Dissertation Workshop, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2018)
  • Folger Shakespeare Library Grant-in-Aid (2017)
  • Ruth Rose Richardson Award for the Outstanding Record in the First Year of Study, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2015)

Curriculum Vitae / Resume