I am professor of English at Central Michigan University, where I teach a range of courses on American literature and popular culture, and I am an associate editor for The Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts. Born in Washington, DC and raised in Maryland, I earned my BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania, my MA in American literature from the George Washington University, and my PhD from the interdisciplinary Program in the Human Sciences at the George Washington University. I have taught at CMU since 2001. My research focuses on the “cultural work” performed by the Gothic in its various manifestations—the ways in which Gothic texts and practices give shape to culturally specific anxieties and desires. This interest has led me from considering, for example, how nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American women made use of Gothic conventions as a strategy to express discontentment with their circumscribed roles to thinking about the ways contemporary monsters reflect shifting American fears and aspirations.
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Nineteenth-century literature and science, especially natural history and women’s writing. Currently working on the Medusa/medusa references in literature. Focusing at the moment on George Eliot and G. H. Lewes’ Sea-Side Studies and pre-Darwinian evolution. Have published an edition of Edwin Abbott’s Flatland. Also work on research methods, plagiarism and technical writing. Will be teaching a course on weeds and the ecology of vacant lots next year. And, of course, field bibliography. I index fests for MLA and some journals for ABELL. Recently, am helping editing and formatting lists for an Alice in Wonderland translation project.
I am an Associate Professor of Slavic Studies in the Department of Central, Eastern, and Northern European Studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada and the Vice-President of the North American Dostoevsky Society. I specialize in Russian literature and culture of the long nineteenth century, and teach classes about Russian, Slavic and comparative literature and culture. More information about my research and activities can be found on my institutional profile and my personal website.
Sondra Bickham Washington is a fourth year doctoral student in African American literature at the University of Alabama. Her doctoral research investigates depictions of black girlhood and the development of female children and adolescents in African American literature. She expects to graduate May 2020.