Nineteenth Century




My name is Tom and I’m in the first year of my MA at UVA. I graduated with a BA in English from University College London in 2003 and an MA in Issues in Modern Culture, also from University College London, in 2004. Since then, I’ve worked in publishing, as a literary agent, and in publishing tech and mobile games. I am the author of A Mysterious Something In The Light: The Life of Raymond Chandler (Aurum Press 2012 / Chicago Review Press 2014 / Benvira 2014 / University of Nanking Press 2020) and I have reviewed books for The Observer, The Irish Times and The Spectator.


Kaylin Preslar is a current English MA Teaching Concentration student at the University of Virginia. Her areas of interest include speculative fiction, etiological narratives, gender and sexuality, and disability studies. She is passionate about pedagogy, and her studies often consider the best ways to transfer knowledge and cultivate learning in an accessible, differentiated classroom environment. She completed her BA in English Literature from the University of North Carolina at Asheville in 2020.


I am a master's student from Clemson, South Carolina. In May of 2020, I graduated summa cum laude from the College of William & Mary with a major in Classical Civilization and a minor in French & Francophone Studies. I am excited to be back in Virginia and to study the Victorian novel, British imperialism, and women writers.


My interests are in early modern philosophy and literature, philosophy of religion and poetics.


Rachel Haines's research focuses on the nineteenth-century novel and considers questions of identity and identification relating to the construction of gender and sexuality. Her broad interests include queer theory, gender and women's studies, affect studies, the history and theory of the novel, and Henry James. Before coming to UVa, Rachel received her B.A. in English from Connecticut College, where she wrote an honors thesis on queer female desire in Henry James's novels titled "Queer Substitutions: On Relations Between Women in The Portrait of a Lady and The Wings of the Dove."


My research and academic interests span American literature and culture from the mid-nineteenth century to the early-twentieth century. I’m particularly interested in intersections between American and Russian literatures, spaces, and people, and usually engage these textual and geographic intersections through transnational, environmental, and archipelagic frameworks. My work on Russian American literary, cultural, and environmental exchange has appeared both at academic conferences and in peer-reviewed publications.



Ph.D. in English, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, 2017
M.F.A. in Painting, Yale University School of Art, 2006
B.A. in History, Columbia University, 2001


“Empiricist Commitments in The Woodlanders,” in Marion Thain and Atti Viragh (eds.) Mind and Embodiment in Late Victorian Literature (Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming) 
“Figure and Ground in Thomas Hardy’s The Well-Beloved,” Philological Quarterly, November 2021 


I graduated with a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2017. Before that I was a teaching artist in California. Current interests include narrative theory, affect studies, print culture, and 19th c. American and British literature


I completed my BA (honors) at Washington and Lee University and have an MFA in poetry from Virginia Commonwealth University. I am interested in British imperialism and US settler-colonial and literary extraction in the antebellum period. My critical work has appeared in Women's Writing and Modern Philology and is forthcoming in Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900. I also work as a copyeditor for New Literary History.


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