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Alicia AlvesAlicia Alves

PhD Candidate
Email: 16apa@queensu.ca
Education: BA (Hons) in English Literature, Lakehead University; MA in English Literature, Lakehead University
Area(s) of Study: gender and sexuality, animals and animality, childhood studies, Victorian literature, children’s literature
Supervisor: Sally Brooke Cameron

"My dissertation works on human-animal kinship, hybridity, and the intersections between childhood studies, animal studies, and queer theory in late-Victorian and Edwardian children’s literature. I am also interested in children’s literature and young adult literature more broadly. My work has been published in SARE: Southeast Asian Review of English."

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Catherine Andre

PhD Candidate
Education: BA (Hons), Major in English, Minor in Physics, Queen's University; MA in English, Queen's University
Area(s) of Study: Canadian Literature, Multicultural and Diaspora studies, Transculturalism, Toronto literature
Supervisor: Sam McKegney

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Panayiota (Patty) Argyrides

PhD Candidate
Email: 14pa6@queensu.ca
Education: BA in English, York University; MA in English, York University
Area(s) of Study: Modernism
Dissertation Title: What does Modernity Feel Like?: Embodied Language in Modernist Literature and Dance
Supervisor: Glenn Willmott

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Jessica CaravaggioJessica Caravaggio

MPhil Student
Email: jessica.caravaggio@queensu.ca
Education: Honours Bachelor of Arts with high distinction from the University of Toronto (Saint George campus)
Area(s) of Study: Italian Renaissance literature, English Renaissance literature, Early American literature

"Prior to attending the MPhil program at Queen's, I received my BA from the University of Toronto. While at UofT, I was an English specialist who also studied drama and Italian. My interests are in Italian and English Renaissance literature, as well as in early American literature. Outside of academia I enjoy learning new things and picking up hobbies such as knitting, baking, painting, and rock climbing."

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David M. J. CarruthersDavid Carruthers

PhD Candidate
Email: 11dmjc@queensu.ca
Education: BA (Hons) in Comparative Literature and English at Western University; MA in English at Western University
Area(s) of Study: Contemporary North American Literature; Environmental Criticism
Dissertation Title: Becoming-Sorcerer: The Plant, the Power, and the Posthuman Periphery
Supervisor: Molly Wallace

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Robyn CarruthersRobyn Carruthers

PhD Candidate
Email: 14rgc@queensu.ca
Education: MA Carleton University BAH Carleton University
Area(s) of Study: travel writing, life writing, literature and space/place, postcolonial literature, literature and spirituality, adaptation studies, the short story, literary theory
Supervisor: Molly Wallace

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Adam CottonAdam Cotton

PhD Candidate
Teaching Fellow: ENGL 160/6.0 - Modern Prose Fiction
Email: 0ac55@queensu.ca
Education: BA (Hons) English Language and Literature, University of Toronto; MA English Language and Literature, Queen’s University
Area(s) of Study: Modernist Elegy
Dissertation Title: Mourning, Reception and Reputation: The Elegiac Afterlife of Federico García Lorca
Supervisor: Patricia Rae

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Mitchell CrouseMitchell Crouse

PhD Candidate
Email: 6msc@queensu.ca
Website: www.mitchellcrouse.ca
Education: BAH in English, Queen's University; BEd, Queen's University; MA in English, Queen’s University
Area(s) of Study: Postcolonial Literature; Comparative Literature
Dissertation Title: Identity After Disaster: A Multidirectional Study of the Literature of Post-Katrina New Orleans and Post-Earthquake Haiti
Supervisor: Chris Bongie

"After completing my B.A. and B.Ed. at Queen's, I spent several years teaching in Tanzania, China, and Honduras and teaching remains one of my greatest passions. My doctoral research mainly concerns the fiction written by survivors of Hurricane Katrina and the Haitian earthquake in 2010. Specifically, I focus on intersections between the attainment of place, race, class, and identity after natural disasters by placing these concerns within broader spirals of history and geographic exploitation. My other research interests include contemporary Caribbean literature, black American literature, postcolonial literature, as well as memory studies, identity, ecocriticism, and music."

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Alice M. B. DrysdaleAlice Drysdale

PhD Candidate
Teaching Fellow: ENGL 294 001/3.0 - Cultural Studies: Theory into Practice 
Email: 14ambd@queensu.ca
Education: BA (Hons) University of Waterloo; BIT (Hons) University of Ontario Institute of Technology; MPhil Trinity College Dublin
Area(s) of Study: Contemporary Literature; The Fantastic and Popular Fiction
Dissertation Title: Identity, Agency, and Self-Knowledge in Contemporary Fantasy’s Representations of Death as State, Space, and Role
Supervisor: Shelley King

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Jeffrey DzogolaJeffrey Dzogola

PhD Candidate
Email: 13jmd3@queensu.ca
Education: BA (Hons) English Language and Literature at Western University; MA English Literature at York University
Area(s) of Study: Contemporary North American Literature, Trauma Studies and Bearing Witness
Dissertation Title: Traumatizing Narrative: National Tragedy, Identity Politics, and Witnessing in Contemporary American Fiction
Supervisor: Molly Wallace

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Rachel FernandesPhoto of Rachel Fernandes

PhD Student
Email: 18rf@queensu.ca
Education: BA (Hons) and MA in English Literature, University of Ottawa
Area(s) of Study: Contemporary North American Literature; Critical Mixed Race Studies; Post Colonial Literature

"After completing my BA and MA at the University of Ottawa, and a brief hiatus from academia, I returned to pursue my doctorate at Queen's. Over the course of my academic career, I struggled to find canonic representations of the mixed race experience in literature, which prompted my research questions: where are the mixed race voices in literature and how might they have changed over the course of the 19th and 20th centuries? My doctoral research is primarily focused on expressions of mixed race identity in contemporary literature, including various forms such as the novel, memoir, and poetry. In my dissertation, I hope to address issues of identity creation and self-naming."

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Rachel FriarsPhoto of Rachel Friars by Meghan Burry

PhD Student
Email: 18rmf@queensu.ca
Education: BA, University of New Brunswick; MA, Queen's University
Area(s) of Study: Victorian Literature, Neo-Victorial Literature, Lesbian Literature/History, Queer Theory, The Brontës
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"I completed my BA at The University of New Brunswick Saint John with a focus on nineteenth-century literature and the Brontë sisters. I was delighted to continue my studies with a Master’s degree from Queen’s University. My Master’s thesis, entitled 'Neo-Victorian Women: The Other Side(s) of Jane Eyre' focuses on the way neo-Victorian authors reconceptualize fallen womanhood, colonization, and class in retellings of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. Moving into my PhD, I am interested in neo-Victorian lesbian narratives that engage with the nineteenth century through fictional diaries, letters, and other writings and harken back to real nineteenth-century diarists like Anne Lister. I am interested in what it means for lesbian writers and their queer characters to write into and about a century that lacks concrete language to describe them. In my spare time, when I’m not reading about Victorians, I’m likely reading true crime."

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Tara Hilman

PhD Candidate
Email: 13teh2@queensu.ca
Education: BA English Language and Literature, University of Calgary; MA English Language and Literature, Queen's University
Area(s) of Study: British Romanticism; Women's Writing
Dissertation Title: 'Pleasing Rape' and 'Bastard Scion[s]': The Materialization of Sexualized Rhetoric as Feminine Critique of the Transcendental Sublime.
Supervisor: John Pierce

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Owen KaneOwen Kane

PhD Candidate
Email: 15ohk@queensu.ca
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/owen-kane-857996141/
Education: BA (Hons) in English Literature and Cultural Studies, Trent University; MA in Theory, Culture, and Politics, Trent University
Area(s) of Study: Renaissance and early modern literature, Media Studies, Aesthetics of Politics
Supervisor: Elizabeth Hanson

"'Decorum and the early modern political imagination': The notion of the appropriate has a commanding place in civil and human rights today. I am writing about the early development of this notion in the form of an aesthetic discourse in Spenser, Shakespeare, Jonson, and Milton in their exploration of the ways a work of art or a liberal-minded society are held together."

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Skylar Kovacs

PhD Student
Email: 11smk10@queensu.ca
Education: BA (Hons) English Language and Literature, Minor in History, Brock University; MA English: Text/Community/Discourse, Brock University
Area(s) of Study: Modernism, Virginia Woolf

"I completed both my BA and MA in English at Brock University, where I developed an interest in modernist literature and culture. During my MA, I wrote a Major Research Project examining Virginia Woolf’s articulation of a proto-biopolitical social system in the novel Mrs. Dalloway. My current research focuses on the various and multivalent depictions of women’s companionship in Woolf’s fiction."

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Jhordan LayneJhordan Layne

PhD Candidate
Email: 13jl34@queensu.ca
Education: BA (Hons) in English and French Literature, Western University; MA in English, McMaster University
Area(s) of Study: Marlon James, Religion and Superstition in Jamaican Literature, Caribbean and Black British Literature
Supervisor: Chris Bongie

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Natasha Lomonossoff

MPhil Student
Email: 12nl41@queensu.ca
Education: BA (Hons) in English Literature (Major) and Theatre (Minor), University of Ottawa 
Area(s) of Study: 18th-century and Romantic literature; Romantic-era women writers, particularly Anna Letitia Barbauld; aesthetics of the sublime

"I would like to explore how Anna Letitia Barbauld, an eminent literary figure in her day, bridges 18th century and Romantic periods in her work. In doing so, I wish to illuminate not only the activity of women writers more generally during this time, but also how the transition from Augustan conventions to a more Romantic sensibility occurred more gradually."

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Jeremy MacFarlaneJeremy MacFarlane

PhD Candidate
Email: 11jm55@queensu.ca
Education: BA (Hons), Mount Allison; MA, Acadia
Area(s) of Study: American literature, sociospatial theory
Dissertation Title: Urban Society, Uneven Development, and Utopian Impulses in Late Nineteenth and Twentieth Century American Fiction
Supervisor: Molly Wallace

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Irene MangoutasIrene Mangoutas

PhD Candidate
Email: 21aim2@queensu.ca
Education: BA (Hons), University of Toronto; MA, University of Toronto
Area(s) of Study: Great War, Neo-Victorian
Dissertation Title: Memory and Magic: Nostalgia, the Great War, and the (neo)Victorian Imagination
Supervisor: Patricia Rae

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Nevena MartinovićNevena Martinovic

PhD Candidate
Teaching Fellow: ENGL 234 001/3.0 - The Short Story in English - “The Great American Short Story:” Critiquing America in 10-30 Pages
Email: 11nm67@queensu.ca
Education: BA (Hons), University of Toronto; MA, University of Guelph
Area(s) of Study: Theatre of the Long Eighteenth Century
Dissertation Title: Aging Actresses as Unacceptable Figures of Femininity
Supervisor: Leslie Ritchie

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Sabrina Binte Masud

PhD Student
Email: 18sbm@queensu.ca
Education: BA English and MA Applied Linguistics & ELT, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh; MA African American Studies, Temple University, USA (Fulbright Scholar)
Area(s) of Study: Environmental Humanities, ecocriticism, race studies, postcolonial literature, creative writing

"As a playwright I have always questioned my penchant for absurdism and I suspect it resulted from the indeterminacy of life as I have experienced it in a city like Dhaka. This led me to explore the correlation between environment and protagonists who gain agency from a subaltern state of being. I hope to study space or place as environment that conditions a character's growth by considering what constitutes the idea of progress."

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Jordana MendicinoJordana Mendicino

PhD Candidate
Email: 15jam18@queensu.ca
Education: BA (Hons), Specialist in English, Minor in History, University of Toronto (Victoria College); MA in English, Western University
Area(s) of Study: Contemporary North American Literature; Indigenous Literature; Post Colonialism; Ecocriticism; Gender; Comparative Literature
Supervisor: Petra Fachinger

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Andrew MoffittPhoto of Andrew Moffitt

PhD Candidate
Email: 15ajm16@queensu.ca
Education: BA English Literature, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne; MLitt English Literature, University of Glasgow
Area(s) of Study: Modernism, Virginia Woolf, Feminism and Gender Theory, Marxist Theory, Psychoanalysis
Supervisor: Gabrielle McIntire

"I completed my Bachelor’s degree in English Literature at the University of Newcastle before completing my Master's degree at Glasgow University. After finishing at Glasgow, I took a break from academia to teach English as a foreign language in Japan. My interest in modernist literature, especially the work of Virginia Woolf, has encompassed my academic career so far. I wrote both my BA and MA dissertations on Woolf, as well as my current Doctoral work, and am continually finding new depths and complexities to her literary aesthetic. My current dissertation examines the way in which literary and biological production/reproduction as ideological concepts significantly inform Woolf’s modernist, feminist and anti-Fascist artistic agenda."

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Safa MoussoudSafa Moussoud

PhD Candidate
Email: sm317@queensu.ca
Education: BA (Hons), English, Queen's University; MA in English, Queen's University
Area(s) of Study: Contemporary North American Literature; Diasporic and Transnational Literature; Post Colonial Literature; Comparative Literature; World Literature
Supervisor: Petra Fachinger

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Daniel Jack MurphyPhoto of Daniel Murphy

PhD Student
Email: 13dm1@queensu.ca
Education: BA in English and Philosophy, University of Toronto; MA in English, Queen's University
Area(s) of Study: Poetry and poetics, theory of reference, hermeneutics and narrative theory, 20th and 21st-century literature (esp. from the US and Canada)

"I studied literature and philosophy as an undergraduate at the University of Toronto. The two disciplines were happily married in my academic work before I went to Queen’s for an MA. After five years away I’ve returned to Queen’s as a doctoral student to pursue a particular interest in different kinds of contradiction, semantic excess, and nonsense—what they are, how they work, what they do—mostly as they appear in fiction and poetry, but elsewhere as well."

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Suyin OlguinSuyin Olguin

PhD Candidate
Email: 14asor@queensu.ca
Education: BA (Hons) in English Literature, Bishop's University; MA Etudes Anglaises, Universite de Montreal
Area(s) of Study: Victorian Literature
Dissertation Title: 'if we do not eat we cannot work our best': A Study of Food, Masculinity, and the Science of Nutrition in the Victorian novel.
Supervisor: Sally Brooke Cameron

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Nicole PacasNicole Pacas

PhD Candidate
Email: 11namp@queensu.ca
Education: BA (Hons), University of Calgary; MA English, Queen's University
Area(s) of Study: Comics Studies, Contemporary British and North American
Dissertation Title: Breaking the Bracelets of Submission: Women and Wartime Comics
Supervisors: Glenn Willmott and Asha Varadharajan

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Sean RhoadsSean Rhoads

PhD Candidate
Email: 16sar8@queensu.ca
Education: BA Dickinson College (East Asian Studies and History); MA University of Pennsylvania (East Asian Languages and Civilizations); JD Drexel University (School of Law)
Area(s) of Study: Contemporary North American Literature; Ecocriticism; Science Fiction; Monster Studies
Supervisor: Molly Wallace

"I earned my BA and MA at Dickinson College and the University of Pennsylvania, respectively, where I focused on Japanese literature and film. After several years of working in real estate, teaching as an instructor, and co-writing a book on Japanese monster cinema, I decided to return to university to earn my PhD at Queen's. My doctoral research is focused on ecocriticism and contemporary science fiction narratives, especially those that portray transformation and environmental crisis. I enjoy b-movies, cider, traveling, and cats."

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Nikolai RodriguesNikolai Rodrigues

PhD Candidate
Email: 13nr6@queensu.ca
Education: BA (Hons) and MA in English Language and Literature at the University of Western Ontario
Area(s) of Study: Contemporary North American and British Literature; Fantasy Literature; Weird Fiction; Monster Studies.
Supervisor: Shelley King

"Having a life-long fascination with fantasy (in both its broadest sense of what John Clute calls fantastika, and its narrower scope of genre fantasy), I have directed my attentions towards the study of fantasy literature, and particularly its intersections with one of my other fascinations: monsters. My dissertation examines borders in contemporary fantasy literature as they relate to geography, worlds, bodies, and monsters, and the representation of transgression of such literal and metaphorical borders in recent fantasy novels. In my time at Queen’s I have also been a member of the editorial board of The Lamp, an international journal which publishes works of creative writing by students enrolled in graduate and professional programs."

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Jamie Ryan

PhD Candidate
Email: jamieson.ryan@queensu.ca
Education: BA (Hons) and BEd, Queen's University; MA in English, Issues in Modern Culture, University College London
Area(s) of Study: Sport; Women’s Hockey (and Sport); Gender and Sexuality; Queer Theory; Sports Literature; Masculinity; Utopia
Dissertation Title: Skating to Utopia: The Hope Behind Professional Women’s Hockey in Canada
Supervisor: Sam McKegney

Jamie's dissertation is on women’s hockey narratives, and due to the lack of critical and creative sources on women’s hockey he turned to ethnographic research where he followed a Canadian Women’s Hockey League team over the course of the (league’s final) season and interviewed players on their personal experiences in the sport. His research also looks at the representation, or lack thereof, of women in sports novels and films both as athletes and in supporting roles. His work hopes to challenge the myths, and “natural” truths, drawn from sport, and thereby open up the sphere of sport to be more inclusive for female and/or queer people and athletes.

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Hannah SkrynskyHannah Skrynsky

PhD Student
Education: BA Honours (University of Manitoba), MA (Queen’s University)
Area(s) of Study: Indigenous Literatures, Reconciliation Discourses, Indigenous Law & Policy, National Identity Narratives, Affect Theory

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Alyce Soulodre

PhD Candidate
Email: 17as43@queensu.ca
Education: BA (Honours), Brock University; MA, Brock University
Area(s) of Study: Victorian fiction, the nineteenth-century novel, genre fiction (especially horror, mystery, and adventure), animal studies, empire studies, masculinity
Supervisor: Brooke Cameron and Maggie Berg

"My doctoral research centers on representations of bugs in Victorian fiction, particularly genre fiction. I explore the growing interest in natural history during the period through bugs as collectors’ items and depictions of entomologists in canonical novels and short stories. Building on this analysis, I examine how creepy crawlies evoke terror in late-century horror, mystery, and adventure fiction. My thesis explores insect depictions of human-animal relations; bugs as catalysts for or indicators of madness; bugs with powers of hypnotism or mental control; insects in relation to discourses of empire; and depictions of insects that invoke anxieties around masculinity. I am broadly interested in the long-nineteenth century, genre fiction, the supernatural, and Victorian psychology, natural history, and animal studies."

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Jenny SullivanJenny Sullivan

PhD Student
Email: 11js123@queensu.ca
Education: BA (Hons) in English Literature, Trent University; BEd, Queen's University; MA in English Literature, Queen's University
Area(s) of Study: Romanticism; philosophy
Supervisor: Robert Morrison

"Throughout my studies, I have always been interested in the ways in which literature can cultivate compassion. My doctoral research focuses on the potential as well as the limitations of empathetic connection between persons, and explores how this tension is manifested in writing from the Romantic period specifically through face-to-face encounters. My work will examine the power of the face as a sublime site, with a focus on Wordsworth, Coleridge, De Quincey and Keats. In addition to my academic work, I also explore similar themes in my creative work, as a writer of both poetry and fiction."

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Shemara SuthanShemara Suthan

MPhil Student
Email: shemara.t@queensu.ca
Education: Honours B.A. with high distinction, University of Toronto; M.A. Queen's University; MPhil in progress, Queen's University
Area(s) of Study: Victorian literature and culture, Nineteenth and twentieth-century literature, Religion and the Bible, Gender and sexuality

"After achieving my B.A. with high distinction from the University of Toronto, I am now pursuing an M.Phil at Queen's. I am particularly intrigued by religion, mythology, gender, and sexuality in Victorian literature and culture. While my immediate research focuses on the Victorian period, I maintain wide-ranging interests from Milton and the Romantics to twentieth-century figures like T.S. Eliot and George Orwell. I enjoy tracing thematic developments throughout literary periods, believing that a strong anchoring in literary history enriches my scholarship."

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Jesyka TraynorJesyka Traynor

PhD Student
Email: 17jlmt@queensu.ca
Education: BA, Specialization in English Language and Literature, Western University; MA in English, Queen’s University
Area(s) of Study: Contemporary American Literature; Memoir and Biography; Steinbeck Studies; American Studies; Gender and Sexuality; Joan Didion; Addiction Narratives; True Crime

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Michaela WipondMichaela Wipond

MPhil Student
Email: michaela.wipond@queensu.ca
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Honours English at the University of Prince Edward Island (2015–2019)
Area(s) of Study: L.M. Montgomery, Canadian Literature, Children's Literature, Ecocriticism/Animal Theory

"Though I am originally from Calgary, Alberta, my interest in the life and works of L.M. Montgomery led me to the University of Prince Edward Island, where I received a Bachelor of Arts in Honours English in 2019. My undergraduate thesis examined representations of animals and place in Montgomery's novels. I hope to continue this research as well as explore other areas of study through Queen's University's Master of Philosophy in English program."

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Lindsay YoungLindsay Young

PhD Candidate
Teaching Fellow: ENGL 237 001/3.0 - Children's Literature
Email: l.young@queensu.ca
Education: BA (Hons), York University; MA Queen's University
Area(s) of Study: 19th century literature, visual and material culture, ghost fiction
Dissertation Title: Deathly Burlesque and the Ghostly Touch: Spiritualism, Materialized Eroticism and Cultures of Death in Victorian Literature
Supervisor: Shelley King

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