Berkeley Team

Jesse Cordes Selbin is a PhD candidate in English at the University of California, Berkeley. Her current research focuses on the intertwined history of reading, education, and criticism in Victorian Britain. In a new project, she explores the ideal of « popularisation » that underwrote nineteenth-century transatlantic intellectual culture.

Ian Duncan is Florence Green Bixby Professor of English at Berkeley, where he teaches courses in nineteenth-century British literature, the novel, Scottish literature, and other topics. He is completing a book on the novel and the “science of man” in Europe, from Buffon to Darwin, Goethe to George Eliot, and writing another on Scotland and Romanticism. He is contemplating a new project on Charles Darwin and aesthetic and scientific conceptions of form in nineteenth-century writing.

Emma Eisenberg is a third-year PhD student at UC Berkeley. She works on style in the Victorian novel and essay, with her most recent work considering patterns of reduction and repetition in stylistic criticism and comic novels.

Imogen Forbes-Macphail, a PhD student in English at Berkeley, works on Victorian poetry, and on the relationship between literature and mathematics in nineteenth-century Britain.Her past research has included work on Gerard Manley Hopkins, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Charles Babbage, Ada Lovelace, and James Joseph Sylvester. She also has interests in the digital humanities and in medieval studies, and holds a Masters degree in Medieval Literature from Cambridge.

Katherine Hobbs, a PhD student in English at Berkeley, studies nineteenth- and early twentieth-century British literature, ranging from Victorian popular fiction to Modernist poetry. She is especially interested in exploring the history of the women’s rights movement in Britain through its literary, legal, and musical dimensions. Her broader research interests include Victorian sensation fiction, periodical culture, and opera.

Jessica Ling is a Ph.D. candidate at UC Berkeley. Her research investigates the impact of Victorian religion on the novels of Eliot, Trollope, and others. She is an editor at Stanford University Press.

Mary Mussman is a PhD student in Comparative Literature at Berkeley. She studies the reception of Ancient Greek poetry since the late 19th century in English and French texts, focusing in particular on literary representations of queer female sexuality involving Sappho. Other research interests include loss and grief, transgression and secrecy, and illness and madness.

Veronica Mittnacht is a third-year PhD student in English at Berkeley. She is currently working on accounts of agency and determinism in Victorian novels, particularly around the marriage plot, social problem novels, and novels of manners.

Laura Ritland is a second year PhD student at Berkeley, with research interests in Victorian, modernist, and 20th-century Anglophone literature. Her former research focused on Victorian physiological psychology and the novels of Thomas Hardy. She is also a poet, with a first collection forthcoming from Montréal’s Véhicule Press.

Abigail Struhl is a first-year PhD student in English at Berkeley. Her research interests include nineteenth-century novels and philosophies of materiality.

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