turn-of-the-twentieth-century studies, periodical studies, feminist studies, modernist studies
American and African American literature, modernism, periodical studies.
digital humanities, modernism, print culture, archives, media studies, editing, periodical studies, Canadian literature
Nineteenth-century British literature; poetry and poetics; textual studies; print culture; periodical studies; expository writing and composition.
American literature, ethnic and minority literature, periodical studies, digital humanities, book history, southwestern literature, women’s literature
My research area is the history of illustration, with a focus on Canada and the United States, 1840-present. Naturally this expands into visual culture, art history, history of the book, and periodical studies. I am also interested in Early Modern print, and I my background before academia was in fine art and graphic design practice.
After a decade teaching secondary English literature and composition and Theater Arts, I stayed home as primary caregiver to my now elementary-aged kiddo. Along side that, I pursued my MA in English Lit., which lead me to the beautiful and fascinating world of periodical studies in the long 19th century. After a few years as an independent scholar and adjunct instructor at the tertiary level, I returned to graduate school to deepen and expand my knowledge and frames of reference.
My work focuses on late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century African American literature and culture, especially poetry. In my first book, Rhetorics of Literacy: The Cultivation of American Dialect Poetry (The Ohio State University Press, 2013), I argued that dialect poetry functioned in the turn-of-the-century US in surprising ways, challenging readers’ expectations of a light and entertaining subgenre. My current book project considers African American literary and cultural views of the politics of imperial Ethiopia from the 1860s to the 1930s, particularly as expressed in newspapers and magazines, reflecting an interest in periodical studies that has informed my research throughout my career.
In my doctoral research, I examined the connections between literature and science in popular magazines of the fin de siècle. In particular, I focussed on the emerging genre of science fiction, arguing that the co-presence of fact and fiction alongside each other in these general magazines created a publishing environment in which SF could thrive. This research eventually became the book Science, Fiction, and the Fin-de-Siècle Periodical Press (2016). My current research looks at these ideas across a wider time period, focussing on how dinosaurs are articulated in popular culture. Dinosaurs are impossible without a great deal of both close scientific study and abstract imaginative work – I’m investigating the way the relationship between literature and science plays out as the social dinosaur moves through time. I’m currently aided in this by an AHRC Leadership Fellowship, ‘Narrativising Dinosaurs’. I am also interested in book history, periodical studies, alternate history, imperialism, popular fiction, crime writing, and modernism.
I study the literature of the Persian period, specifically the book of Malachi.