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 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 Victorian Popular Fiction Association conference on Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s Carmilla; 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 “Robert Louis Stevenson as Philosophical Anatomist: The Body Snatcher” in English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920 and “Dickens’s Wild Child: Nurture and Discipline after Peter the Wild Boy” in Dickens Studies Annual. At the University of Florida, Dr. Yan teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Victorian literature, the nineteenth-century novel, literature and science, Golden Age children’s literature, and narrative video games.