Indu Ohri

Preceptor, General Faculty

Bryan 140

Office Hours: W noon-2:30 p.m. in Bryan 140.
Class Schedule: MWF 9:00-9:50 am, MWF 11:00-11:50 am, and MW 3:30-4:45 p.m.
PhD, English Language and Literature, University of Virginia, May 2018
MA, English and American Literature, Boston University, May 2012
BA, English, summa cum laude, Boston University, May 2011


Dissertation Title
 “The Cultural Anxieties in Victorian Women’s Ghost Stories, 1847-1920”


Teaching and Research Interests
Nineteenth-Century British Literature, Transatlantic Women Writers, Supernatural Fiction and the Gothic, Feminist Theory and Gender Studies, Global Literatures, Neo-Victorianism, The History of the Novel, Freshman Composition


  • “A Medium Made of Such Uncommon Stuff”: The Female Occult Investigator in Victorian Women's Fin-de-Siècle Supernatural Fiction.” Invited to revise and resubmit for Preternature, vol. 8, no. 1, Spring 2019.
  • “No Murderous Glow or Telltale Shimmer”: Deborah Noyes’s Representation of the Unseen Ghosts in Edith Wharton’s “Kerfol.” Solicited for inclusion in the collection Everything Old is New Again: Adapting the Classics in Contemporary Young Adult Novels, edited by Amy Montz and Dana Lawrence.
  • “Dr. Anna Kingsford.” The Companion to Victorian Popular Fiction, edited by Kevin Morris, (forthcoming, McFarland, 2018).
  • “‘Far From the Haunts of British Tourists’: Amelia Edwards’s Ghostly Critique of English Tourism.Victorians Institute Journal Digital Annex, vol. 42, 2014.
Book Reviews and Editing
  • Assistant Editor, Best of the Journals in Rhetoric and Composition, 2018-2019 (forthcoming, Parlor Press, 2019).
  • Review of Russell Blackford’s Science Fiction and the Moral Imagination: Visions, Minds, Ethics. Forthcoming in the SFRA Review.
  • "The Conflict between Individuality, Science, and Theology in the Victorian Ghost Story.” Review of Spirits and Spirituality in Victorian Fiction by Jen Cadwallader. Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, vol. 12, no. 3, Winter 2016.
  • Review of “Every Bird, To You,” by Sarah Marcus. Meridian, vol. 33, May 2014, pp. 149-151.


Fellowships and Awards
  • Robert J. Huskey Graduate Research Exhibition Prize, University of Virginia, 2016 and 2017
  • Graduate English Fellowship for Conference Travel, University of Virginia, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018
  • Graduate English Fellowship for Summer Research, University of Virginia, Summer 2016
  • Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference (INCS) Travel Grant, Spring 2016
  • Mellon Graduate Teaching Seminar Research Grant, University of Virginia, 2015-2016


Courses Taught
  • Studies in Global Literature: The Global Ghost Story (Fall 2018)
  • Writing and Critical Inquiry: Studio Ghibli and the Fantastic (Fall 2018)
  • College Essay Writing: Edgar Allan Poe’s Gothic Works, 4 Star Camps (Summer 2018)
  • Writing and Critical Inquiry: Victorian Women’s Supernatural Fiction (Fall 2017 and Spring 2018)
  • Women in Literature: Scribbling Women, The Female Künstlerroman (Spring 2015)
  • Accelerated Academic Writing: Detective, Mystery, and Crime Fiction (Fall 2013 and Spring 2014)


Selected Conference Papers
  • “Some Cracks in the Structure, Left by the Last Bombing: Female War Trauma in Modernist Women’s Ghost Stories.” PVI Graduate Fellowship Mini-Conference, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, April 20, 2018 (Watch: https://youtu.be/Pf456YeM1K0)
  • “‘The Hidden Ghost that Has its Home in Me’: Spectral Inquiry, Uncanny Humanity, and the Brontë Sisters.” MLA Convention, New York, NY, January 5-7, 2018
  • “‘He was Fighting the Child and Killing It’: Traumatized Bodies, Youthful Victims, and Ghostly Revengers” Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference, Philadelphia, PA, March 17, 2017
  • “‘Only the Weird Fancy of a Queer Girl’: Frances Hodgson Burnett and the Ghostly Female Literary Imagination,” Victorians Institute Conference, Raleigh, NC, October 15, 2016
  • ‘Our Men of Science Foster the Fatal Tendency’: Critiquing Scientific Masculinity in Charlotte Riddell’s Supernatural Fiction,” Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference, Asheville, NC, March 11, 2016
  • “‘A Fascination None of Us Could Resist’: Female Servant Narratives in Victorian Women’s Ghost Stories,” Victorians Institute Conference, Spartanburg, SC, October 3, 2015
  • “‘There Must Be Some Magnetic Chain between Two Beings’: Classifying Mesmeric Attraction in Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s Ghost Stories,” North American Victorian Studies Association Conference, London, Ontario, Canada, November 14, 2014
  • “‘Far From the Haunts of British Tourists’: Amelia Edwards’s Ghostly Critique of English Tourism,” Victorians Institute Conference, Charlotte, NC, October 24, 2014