My most recent book, Victorian Skin: Surface, Self, History, focuses on the history of the body, medicine and realism in the nineteenth century, with special attention to skin and surface. This is an extension of my long-term work on the history of the body and medicine in the period, and on the history of genre. Other areas of interest include gender, popular literature and medical humanities. Some recent article publications include “Dreadful: Aesthetic Fear in Victorian Reading” in Dreadful Passions: Fear in the Literary and Medical Imagination Medieval to Modern; “How Disgust Entered the Ghost Story,” Routledge Handbook to the Ghost Story, (Scott Brewster and Luke Thurston, eds. London: Routledge, 2018: 409-417), “The Will to Touch: David Copperfield’s Hand.” 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century (November 2014), and the coedited Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature in four volumes, Blackwell, 2015 (Coedited with Dino Felluga and Linda Hughes), which won the “Outstanding Reference Book” designation from the American Library Association, January 2016. I was a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow (2016) and Society for the Humanities Fellow at Cornell (2016-17).
I am on the executive committee for NAVSA (the North American Victorian Studies Association), and am organizing the 2018 conference in St. Petersburg, Florida. I also serve as elected representative on the Forum LLC Victorian and Early-20th-Century English group for the MLA (Modern Language Association) and on several editorial boards. I am the series editor for the SUNY Press book series Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century. At UF, I am affiliated with the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies and am a founding member of CISMaC, the Collective for the Interdisciplinary Study of Medicine and Culture. I regularly teach courses in Victorian Literature, Literature and Medicine, and topics in Victorian Gender and Class.
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