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Madison (Madi) Hester

August 24, 2021

Degrees

2018, B.A. English Literature, Colorado Mesa University

2020, M.A. English, Colorado State University

Bio

I am a Ph.D. student and teaching fellow in the Department of English & Comparative Literature. I research recent contemporary American literature from 2000 to present, and am absorbed by questions about mixed-race identity, and how multiethnic and multicultural subjects “rightly” identify themselves and are identified. I also examine what makes writing literary, who creates literature, and how digital media challenges and expands those definitions.


Jane McGrail

April 25, 2019

Degrees

2017, BA English, College of the Holy Cross

Bio

Jane McGrail is a PhD student in Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy Studies. Her research interests include the public humanities, cultural rhetorics, feminisms and rhetorics, community literacy studies, and engaged pedagogy.


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

  • Student Undergraduate Teaching Award, UNC Chancellor’s Awards, Spring 2021
  • Erika Lindemann Award for Demonstrated Excellence in Teaching, UNC English and Comparative Literature Department, Spring 2020
  • Professional Development Award, UNC Writing Program, Fall 2018-Spring 2021

Awards

  • Dean’s Fellowship, UNC Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Spring 2022
  • Off-Campus Dissertation Fellowship, UNC Graduate School, Fall 2021
  • Jerry Leath Mills Research Travel Grant, Studies in Philology, Spring 2020
  • Medieval and Early Modern Studies Research Grant, UNC MEMS, 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, UNC Department of English and Comparative Literature, 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, UNC MEMS, 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