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Rachel Friars

Research Interests

Neo-Victorianism, Victorianism, Lesbian literature and history

Awards and Recognition
SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship, 2021 – 2024
Ontario Graduate Scholarship, Queen’s University, 2020 – 2021
Arthur B. McDonald Prize for Academic Excellence, Queen’s University, 2019 – 2020
Dean’s Award for Social Justice, Queen’s University, 2019 – 2020

Dissertation Title: An exclusively female ensemble: Neo-Victorian lesbian media and nineteenth-century queer narratives.

My doctoral dissertation will analyze the ways in which neo-Victorian lesbian media chronicles silences and misconceptions in the Victorian era regarding female homosexuality in literature and film from the last thirty years. I intend to explore the ambition behind creating art objects that place lesbian women in Victorian settings.

Department of English, Queen's University

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Queen's University is situated on traditional Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory.