Rae X. Yan is an Assistant Professor of British Literature from 1830 to 1900 at the University of Florida. She is currently at work on a book project about anatomizing as a joint literary and scientific practice during the Victorian era, tentatively titled Correspondences on the Human Frame: Anatomy, Literature, and Form in the Victorian Era. She pursued her PhD in English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she also received a certificate in digital humanities.
Dr. Yan’s larger interdisciplinary research lies at the intersections of the Victorian novel, literature and science studies, and Sino-British relations. Recently, she has given talks at the North American Victorian Studies Association conference on Robert Louis Stevenson’s short story The Body Snatcher and at the Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies conference on philosophical anatomy. Her published articles include “Dickens’s Wild Child: Nurture and Discipline after Peter the Wild Boy” in Dickens Studies Annual and a forthcoming article entitled “Robert Louis Stevenson as Philosophical Anatomist: The Body Snatcher” in English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920. She has also worked on a digital edition of James Malcolm Rymer’s The Sepoys; or Highland Jessie alongside Dr. Rebecca Nesvet of the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay. At the University of Florida, Dr. Yan teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in nineteenth-century British literature, the Victorian novel, literature and science, and Golden Age children’s literature.