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 the works of Margaret Cavendish, Anne Clifford, and Mary Carleton, situating their writings at the interdisciplinary nexus of the history of dress and seventeenth-century political theory. It argues that these writers use discourses of apparel to articulate a multivalent form of pro-Stuart politics spanning from the Jacobean era through the late Restoration, political stances that, while Royalist, also critique Stuart hegemony in favor of more localized sites of aristocratic and gentry authority.


Publications:

  • “‘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: emcIMPRINT, forthcoming).
  • Katharine Landers and Megan Matchinske, “Anne Clifford.” In Oxford Bibliographies (obo), “Renaissance and Reformation,” (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming).
  • David J. Baker, Travis Alexander, Adam Engel, Katharine Landers, Mary Learner, and Ashley Werlinich, “Dangerous Conjectures’: Ophelia’s Ballad Performance,” Ballads and Performance: The Multi-Modal Stage in Early Modern England, ed. Patricia Fumerton (Santa Barbara: emcIMPRINT, forthcoming).

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)

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Kenneth Jude Lota

April 23, 2018

Degrees

2012, MA English, University of Virginia

2010, BA English, Tulane University

Bio

Kenneth is a specialist in 20th- and 21st-century American fiction, with interests in genre, film, and the literary moment after postmodernism. His dissertation focuses on the re-invention of the tropes of film noir and hard-boiled crime fiction of the 1930s and 40s in mainstream contemporary American literature. His solo-taught literature classes so far have included a version of the Contemporary Literature class titled “Alternatives to Realism” and a version of the Popular Genres class focused on detective fiction, science fiction, graphic novels, horror, and children’s literature. He managed to successfully teach House of Leaves in a 100-level undergraduate class. In his spare time, he has written reviews of over 1,000 films.


Publications:

  • “Cool Girls and Bad Girls: Reinventing the Femme Fatale in Contemporary American Fiction.” Interdisciplinary Humanities 33.1 (Spring 2016): 150 – 170.

Awards

  • 2017 Graduate School Summer Research Fellowship
  • 2010 Senior Scholar Award in English, Tulane University

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Mallory Findlay

April 23, 2018

Degrees

2008, BA English, Emory University

2014, MA English, Georgetown University

Bio

Mallory’s research focuses on American women writers of the mid-nineteenth century, with an emphasis on the ways that romantic love and sexuality destabilize traditional marriage plots.


Teaching Awards

  • Erika Lindemann Teaching Award in Composition and Literature, 2016-2017

Contact

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Rachael Isom

April 22, 2018

Degrees

  • 2013, MA English, Murray State University
  • 2011, BA English, Murray State University

Bio

Rachael Isom is a Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She studies the intersections of religious and poetic identity in nineteenth-century British women’s writing, with particular interest in Romantic-era discourses of enthusiasm, reflection, and feminine restraint. Her dissertation project, “Enthusiastic Poetics and the Woman Writer, 1806-1856,” traces the development of the female enthusiast from Mary Shelley to Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Isom’s work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Essays in RomanticismThe Journal of Commonwealth LiteratureStudies in Romanticism, and the Keats-Shelley Review. Currently, she serves as Managing Editor of the Keats-Shelley Journal and works as a Project Assistant for the William Blake Archive.


Publications:

  • “Prophetic Poetics and Enthusiasm in Mary Shelley’s Valperga,” Studies in Romanticism, forthcoming.
  • “John Watson Dalby’s Poetic Reception of Mary Shelley’s Valperga,” Keats-Shelley Review, forthcoming.
  • “‘With Faithful Pencil’: Pastoral and Picturesque Composition in Beachy Head,” in Placing Charlotte Smith, ed. Jacqueline M. Labbe and Elizabeth A. Dolan (Lehigh University Press, forthcoming).
  • “‘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 53.1 (2018): 7-20.
  • “‘Habituat[ing] to Reflection’: Hannah More’s Romantic Novel,” Essays in Romanticism 23.1 (2016): 95-112.
  • “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.

Teaching Awards

  • Doris Betts Award for Excellence in Teaching First-Year Composition, 2015

Awards

  • W. M. Keck Foundation Short-Term Research Fellowship, The Huntington Library, 2018-2019
  • Dean’s Graduate Fellowship, College of Arts & Sciences, University of North Carolina, 2018-2019
  • Evan Frankel Dissertation Fellowship, Department of English and Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina, 2017
  • NAVSA Travel Grant, North American Victorian Studies Association, 2017
  • DHSI Tuition Scholarship, “XML: Applications for Historical and Literary Research,” Digital Humanities Summer Institute, University of Victoria, 2017
  • Frank Porter Graham Graduate and Professional Student Honor Society, University of North Carolina, 2016
  • Graduate Innovation Assistantship, Committee for Institutional Studies and Research, Office of the Provost, Murray State University, 2012-2013

Curriculum Vitae / Resume

Mary Learner

April 22, 2018

Degrees

2012, M.A. English Literature, University of South Carolina
2010,  B.A. English and Psychology, University of South Carolina Honors College

Bio

I’m a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My research focuses on early modern literature, women’s literacies, book history, and digital humanities. My dissertation, “Material Sampling and Patterns of Thought in Early Modern England,” explores sampling as an epistemologial mode in the seventeenth century. This project considers how samples and patterns are essential to material typically associated with women’s literacies, but are also foundational to early Royal Society experiments. I also work as a project assistant at the William Blake Archive.

Awards

  • Harry Ransom Center Research Fellowship in the Humanities, 2018
  • Fletcher Jones Foundation Fellow at the Huntington Library, 2018
  • Summer Dissertation Fellowship, Department of English and Comparative Literature, 2018
  • Shakespeare Association of America Graduate Student Travel Award, 2018
  • Folger Shakespeare Library Grant-in-aid, Researching the Archive Seminar taught by Ann Blair and Peter Stallybrass. 2017
  • Bibliographical Society of America Scholarship for travel to “Bibliography Among the Disciplines,” 2017
  • Association for Computers and the Humanities Travel Bursary to Digital Humanities Summer Institute, 2017
  • Digital Humanities Summer Institute Tuition Scholarship, Digital Editing with TEI: Critical Documentary and Genetic Editing taught by Elena Pierazzo and Peter Stokes, 2017
  • Folger Shakespeare Library Grant-in-aid, Cavendish and Hutchinson Seminar taught by Julie Crawford, 2017
  • Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative, Digital Innovation Research and Dissertation Fellowship, 2017
  • Jerry Leath Mills Research Travel Grant, Studies in Philology, 2016
  • Digital Humanities Summer Institute Tuition Scholarship, Understanding the Predigital Book: Technology and Texts, 2016
  • Pre-Dissertation Travel Grant, UNC Center for Global Initiatives, 2016
  • Folger Shakespeare Library Grant-in-aid, Mastering Research Seminar taught by Robert Matz, 2011

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Sarah Anne Kuczynski

April 19, 2018

Degrees

2012, BA English (Honors), The George Washington University

Bio

I am a PhD candidate in English who specializes in nineteenth-century American literature and poetry and poetics. I am currently completing a dissertation entitled “American Contentment (and Its Discontents),” which stages a claim for the recuperation of contentment within literary studies through an engagement with American literature from the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.

 

At UNC, I have taught introductory composition courses and TA’d for Professor Thrailkill’s Literature, Medicine, and Culture course.


Publications:

• “ ‘There Is No Miracle More Cruel Than This’: Read, Relaxation, and Maternal Agency   in Plath’s Three Women” (Literature and Medicine 36.1: 2018)


Teaching Awards

• Hartsell Award for excellence in teaching first year composition, 2015


Awards

  • Mellon Graduate Five-Year Fellowship, 2013—2018
  • Robert Bain Award for outstanding achievement in nineteenth-century American literature, 2015
  • Graduate School Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2018-2019

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Kimberly Farris

April 16, 2018

Degrees

2013, M.A. English, The University of Alabama

2010, B.A. English, Birmingham-Southern College

Bio

Kimberly Farris is a doctoral candidate who studies nineteenth-century American literature at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her dissertation examines authors’ positions on the nineteenth-century sciences and plots how literature was used to espouse an approach to practicing the sciences that incorporates both intuitive and empirical forms of knowledge. She explores how authors used fiction as a means to interrogate feminine scientific education, alternative medical practices, and the breakdown of species posited by evolutionary theorists. Her most recent dissertation chapter explores Harriet Prescott Spofford’s creation of hybrid plant-ladies as a means of engaging Darwinian evolution and scientific materialism.


Teaching Awards

  • Peer Mentoring Committee Excellence in Teaching Literature Award, 2017

Awards

  • UNC Graduate School Summer Research Fellowship, 2018
  • Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW), 2nd place in the Graduate Student Paper Award, 2015
  • Robert Bain Award, UNC Chapel Hill, 2015
  • Julius Sylvester Hanner Memorial Fellowship, UNC Chapel Hill, 2013
  • Graduate Council Fellowship, The University of Alabama, 2011

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Elisa Faison

April 10, 2018

Degrees

2011, Bachelor of Arts in English, Sewanee: The University of the South

Bio

Elisa is a PhD candidate and Teaching Fellow. She is currently writing a dissertation entitled “Domesticating the Apocalypse: Motherhood and the Novel at the End of Time.”


Publications:

  • Faison, Elisa. Rev. of The Lightkeepers by Abby Geni. Carolina Quarterly 67.1 (Fall/Winter 2017).

Awards

  • Graduate School Summer Research Fellowship, 2018

Curriculum Vitae / Resume