AboutTaryn Hakala is a lecturer in English at the University of California, Merced. Her research combines literary criticism and sociolinguistics to reassess how dialect works in nineteenth-century British literature and culture. She has published in Victorian Studies and Philological Quarterly, and her essay on style-shifting in Elizabeth Gaskell’s Mary Barton has just been published in Dialect and Literature in the Long Nineteenth Century. She is currently finishing her first book, Dialect Acts: Identity Performance on the Victorian Page and Stage.
Hakala serves as a member of the Modern Language Association’s Delegate Assembly, representing the Executive Committee on Language Change. At UC Merced, she has served as a member of the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (CACSW) and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Project. In 2014 she joined the faculty of the Dickens Project, a Multi-Campus Research Unit (MRU) devoted to promoting study of the life, times, and works of Charles Dickens.
EducationPh.D., English Language and Literature, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. Dec. 2010.
M.A., English Language and Literature, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. April 2005.
B.A., Departmental Honors in English / Minor in Women Studies, magna cum laude, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. June 2003.
“Linguistic Self-Fashioning in Elizabeth Gaskell’s Mary Barton.” Dialect and Literature in the Long Nineteenth Century. Ed. Jane Hodson. New York, NY: Routledge, 2017, pp. 146-161.
“M. R. Lahee and the Lancashire Lads: Gender and Class in Victorian Dialect Writing.” Philological Quarterly 92.2 (Spring 2013): 271-288.
“A Great Man in Clogs: Performing Authenticity in Victorian Lancashire.” Victorian Studies 52.3 (Spring 2010): 387-412.
Upcoming Talks and Conferences“Melodramatic Mayhew: Preserving J.B. Johnstone’s Stage Adaptation of London Labour and the London Poor.” North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA) Conference. Banff, Alberta, Canada, November 16-18, 2017.