People

Karen Bourrier

Dr. Bourrier’s research interests include Victorian literature and culture, disability studies, the digital humanities, and women’s writing. Her book, The Measure of Manliness: Disability and Masculinity in mid-Victorian Fiction, has just been published with the University of Michigan Press. Bourrier’s articles have appeared or are forthcoming in journals such as Victorian Literature and Culture and Victorian Studies. She is project director of a digital resource peer-reviewed by NINES, Nineteenth-Century Disability: Cultures and Contexts. She is currently at work on a biography of Dinah Mulock Craik as well as a digital edition of her correspondence. Before coming to the University of Calgary, she was a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow at the University of Western Ontario and has also taught at Boston University.

Anthony Camara

Dr. Camara completed his doctoral degree in English at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research focuses on intersections between science and literature in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century, with an emphasis on the popular genres of horror and science fiction. His work has appeared in the refereed journals Women’s WritingHorror StudiesGothic Studies, and O-Zone, and in the edited volume, Monsters and Monstrosity from the Fin de Siècle to the Millennium (2015). His current book project investigates how seminal Weird fictions converse with materialistic science and philosophy in the late Victorian period. Prior to his doctoral work, he spent three years studying the genetics and development of sensory systems in the moon jellyfish, Aurelia aurita.

Michael Tavel Clarke

Dr. Clarke is the author of These Days of Large Things: The Culture of Size in America, 1865-1930, which explores the American obsession with bigness and its implications for ideas about the body. He has published articles on Victorian material culture, theories of class in the fin-de-siecle, American literary naturalism, representations of Native Americans in late-nineteenth century U.S. culture, American and British modernism, and other topics. He is a co-editor of the journal ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature, which publishes work on postcolonial and globalization studies.

Stefania Forlini

Dr. Forlini’s research and teaching focuses on late Victorian literature and culture, especially fin-de-siècle science, aesthetics, material culture, and the early evolution of science fiction. Her work has appeared in Neo-Victorian Studies, English Literature and Transition, 1880-1920, and Bodies and Things in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture (Palgrave), and newer work is forthcoming in Digital Humanities Quarterly, Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, and Like Clockwork: Essays on Steampunk (Minnesota).

Faye Halpern

Dr. Halpern investigates nineteenth-century American sentimental rhetoric, contemporary pedagogical theories, and the relationship between them. Her book, Sentimental Readers: The Rise, Fall, and Revival of a Disparaged Rhetoric (University of Iowa Press), came out in 2013. She is also co-editor of the journal ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature.

David Sigler

Dr. Sigler’s research interests include British Romanticism and theory. He is the author of Sexual Enjoyment in British Romanticism: Gender and Psychoanalysis, 1753-1835 (McGill-Queen’s UP, 2015). He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.

Jason Wiens

Dr. Wiens’ interests in the 19th century relate to Canadian literature of the period, both pre- and post-Confederation. He is also interested in Transatlantic connections during this period, in particular between Great Britain and Canada, and is working on a project that examines Canada in Thomas Hardy’s texts, in particular The Mayor of Casterbridge and some of Hardy’s short fiction.