"I specialize in Victorian literature and culture and I'm particularly interested in visuality, psychoanalysis, film, gender studies, and narrative theory. My thesis, along with my research and teaching interests, also extends into the literary and cinematic practices of the modernist period."
Years at Knox: 2003 to present
Ph.D., English, 2010, University of Iowa.
M.A., Humanities, 2000, State University of New York at Buffalo.
B.A., English, 1997, State University of New York at Buffalo.
Victorian literature, literary theory.
Department Nominee for The D.C. Spriestersbach Dissertation Prize, 2011.
University of Iowa Ballard Seashore Dissertation Year Fellowship, 2009-2010.
Andrew W. Mellon Dissertation Seminar "Story in Theory" Fellowship, Summer 2009.
University of Iowa Department of English Post-Comps Course Release Fellowship, Fall 2008.
Dickens Universe Representative, award to participate in week-long institute, UC-Santa Cruz, July 2008.
W.R. Irwin Award for Excellence in Teaching General Education Literature, May 2008.
Eleventh Annual Trieste Joyce School Student Scholarship, Trieste, Italy, June 2007.
University of Iowa Summer Foreign Language Scholarship, Summer 2004.
Winner of the 1992 National Council of Teachers of English Achievement in Writing Contest.
The Ekphrastic Fantastic: Victorian Image Theory and Fiction's Magic Portraits (solicited by publisher.)
"'A Vision...Sprang Up Before Him': Filmic Assaults on Stephen Dedalus and Leopold Bloom." James Joyce Quarterly (forthcoming.)
"Collaborative, Creative, and Cumulative: Students, Teachers, and Technologists Building the University of Iowa's Victorian Wiki." Co-authored with Teresa Mangum and Nathan Culmer. Victorians Institute Journal (forthcoming.)
"Jocasta and the Rebirth of Matriarchy: Embodied Spectatorship and Narrative Revision in Margaret Oliphant's 'The Portrait.'" Genders 52 (2010.)
Participant at THATCamp: The Humanities and Technology Unconference, University of Iowa, March 30-April 1, 2012.
"A Storyboard of Sketches: Vernon Lee's Proto-Cinematic Art for Narrative's Sake." North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA.) Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, November 2011.
Panel Respondent, "Subverting the Master Narrative." Craft, Culture Conference, University of Iowa, April 2010.
"'The Seen and Unseen': Psychoanalytic Connections in Margaret Oliphant's 'The Portrait.'" British Women Writers Conference, Iowa City, Iowa, April 2009.
Panel Respondent, "Snapshots of Subjectivity." British Women Writers Conference, Iowa City, Iowa, April 2009.
"Dickens's Painterly Prowess: Lady Dedlock's Uncanny Portrait in Bleak House." Dickens Universe Spring Graduate Conference, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, February 2009.
"'A Vision...Sprang Up Before Him': A Filmic Assault on Stephen Dedalus." Midwest American Conference for Irish Studies, University of Missouri, Kansas City, October 2007.
"The Scapegoating, Narration, and Religion of Robin Vote in Djuna Barnes' Nightwood." Craft, Critique, Culture Conference, University of Iowa, April 2005.
Campus & Community Involvement
Member, Modern Language Association (MLA).
Member, Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century British Women Writers Association (BWWA).
Member, Interdisciplinary Ninteenth Century Studies (INCS).
Member, Modernist Studies Association (MSA).
Member, North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA).
Through his music capstone project, Nate Beck -- who has a minor in business and management -- finds that the processes of brand management and music composition have more in common than you'd probably expect.
Baby talk is serious business for senior Megan Beney, a double major in music and anthropology and sociology. Her Honors research focuses on the musical qualities of the ways that people talk to infants.
Leading up to a worldwide event -- Gun Control Theatre Action Week, May 27 through June 2 -- a play by Knox College theatre professor Neil Blackadder is selected for a new collection, "24 Gun Control Plays."