My current work 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 ont the history of the body and medicine in the period, and of the history of genre. Other areas include gender, popular literature and medical humanities. My recent keynote for the Victorians Institite Conference (Furman 2017) was “Uncovering Bodies, Recovering History: Skin Objects in Victorian Britain.” Victorians Institute Conference. Three recent publications are “Genre Fiction and the Sensational.” Victorian Literature: Criticism and Debates (Anne Longmuir and Lee Behlman, eds. New York: Routledge, 2015), “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 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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