About

I am a PhD candidate and sessional instructor in the Department of English at the University of Victoria. My research and teaching interests include nineteenth-century British literature and culture, literature and religion, and life writing. At the University of Victoria, I have been instructor of record for Victorian Poetry (2019) and Academic Reading and Writing (2018; 2020).

Education

2015 – present     PhD Candidate, English, University of Victoria

2014 – 2015          Master of Arts, English, Dalhousie University

2009 – 2014         Bachelor of Arts, English, Ambrose University

Publications

Peer-Reviewed Publications

“From Denunciation to Dialogue: Redefining Prophetic Authority in Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s ‘A Curse for a Nation.’” Forthcoming in Victorian Review.

“Falling into Hope: Wisdom Poetry and the Reinterpretation of Suffering in Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s A Drama of Exile.” Victorian Poetry vol. 58 no. 1 (Spring 2020), pp. 27-51. In Press.

“The Risorgimento.” The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Victorian Women’s Writing, edited by Lesa Scholl and Emily Morris. Web. 29 February 2020. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-02721-6_240-1.

“Gathering and Scattering in ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’: Poetic Form, Biblical Criticism, and Coleridge’s Tropes of the Imagination.” European Romantic Review vol. 29 no. 6 (December 2018), pp. 768-96. https://doi.org/10.1080/10509585.2018.1534688.

“Garden-Variety Holiness: Bessie Head’s ‘reverence for ordinary people’ in A Question of Power.” (Equally co-authored with Tim Heath). ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature vol. 49 no. 1 (January 2018), pp. 53-78.  https://doi.org/10.1353/ari.2018.0002.

“The ‘sensation’ of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Poem’s before Congress (1860): Events, Politics, Reception.” (Equally co-authored with Marjorie Stone). BRANCH: Britain, Representation, and Nineteenth-Century History, edited by Dino Felluga. 5 July 2017. http://www.branchcollective.org/?ps_articles=denae-dyck-and-marjorie-stone-the-sensation-of-elizabeth-barrett-brownings-poems-before-congress-1860-events-politics-reception.

“Writing Wisdom: George Herbert’s Synesthetic Poetics.” Christianity and Literature vol. 66 no. 1 (December 2016), pp. 39-56. https://doi.org/10.1177/0148333116677459.

Book Reviews

Review of Essays on Religion in George Eliot’s Early Fiction. By John H. Mazaheri. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018, pp. 120. Victorian Review vol. 43 no. 2 (Fall 2017), pp. 317-18.

Other Publications

“Forming Wisdom in Victorian Literature: Authority, Revelation, and the Question of Interpretation.” Centre for Studies in Religion and Society Newsletter vol. 27 (2018-2019), p. 7. Print and Web. 24 August 2018. https://www.uvic.ca/research/centres/csrs/assets/docs/2018-19-csrs-newsletter-web.pdf. 

“Manuscripts and Marginalia at the Armstrong Browning Library.” Armstrong Browning Library and Museum Blog. Reflections from a Visiting Scholar Series. Baylor University. 1 May 2018. https://bit.ly/2FxeBvD.

“E.B. White’s Ethic of Humility: An Ecocritical Engagement with Charlotte’s Web.” Writing Life: A Canadian Student’s Guide to Thinking, Writing, and Researching, edited by John Van Rys, Randall VanderMey, Verne Meyer, and Patrick Sebranek, Nelson Education, 2015, pp. 295-301. 

“Compounding the ‘double vision’ of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Aurora Leigh.” [Runner-Up Award Recipient, 2013 Norton Writer’s Prize, Undergraduate Essay Competition]. W.W. Norton & Company.  2 April 2014. http://books.wwnorton.com/books/aboutcontent.aspx?id=4294983825&mid=145.

Projects

2020 –

Research Assistant Consultant for the Great Expectations: Pregnancy in Victorian Fiction Project (funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada). Principal Investigators: Dr. Mary Elizabeth Leighton and Dr. Lisa Surridge.

2019 – 2020

Research Assistant Consultant for the Digital Victorian Periodical Poetry Project (funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada). Principal Investigator: Dr. Alison Chapman.

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

“Heretic Narratives: (Un)Conversion and Resistance in Annie Besant’s Life Writing.” Modern Languages Association Conference. Toronto, ON. 7-10 January 2021.

“Olive Schreiner’s Art of Interpretation: Truth and Parable in The Story of an African Farm.” Midwest Victorian Studies Association. Loyola University. Chicago, IL. 24-25 April 2020. [Conference postponed to 2021].

“Justifying Theosophy: Questionable Knowledge and Annie Besant’s ‘search after truth.'” Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English. Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. London, ON. 30 May – 5 June 2020. [Conference postponed to 2021].

“Challenging (Un)Conversions: Religious Dynamism in Victorian Women’s Autobiographies.” Roundtable Session on “Unsettling Religious Language.” North American Victorian Studies Association. Vancouver, BC. 12-14 November 2021.

Memberships

Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English

Modern Language Association

North American Victorian Studies Association

Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada

 

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