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Marion L. Brittain Post-Doctoral Fellow at The Georgia Institute of Technology.


Ph.D. in English, Emory University, August 2008

Dissertation: Textual Relics:  Authorship, Materiality, and Literary Commodification in the Victorian Novel.

Director:  Dr. Laura Otis, Professor of English, Emory University.

Committee:  Dr. Walter Reed, Professor of English, Emory University; Dr. Waqas Khwaja, Professor of English, Agnes Scott College.

M.A. in English, Emory University, May 2004

M.A course work in Comparative Literature, Ludwig-Maximillians Universitӓt, Munich, Germany 1999-2000

B.A. in English and French, UNC-Chapel Hill, May 1998 ( Highest Honors & Highest Distinction)

Study abroad in Montpellier, France, Fall 1996-Spring 1997


Certificate in Digital Pedagogy, Georgia Institute of Technology, Spring 2010

Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies, Emory University, Spring 2006


Victorian Literature and Culture

Modern and Contemporary British Literature

Feminist Theory and Women’s Writing

Neo-Victorian Novels and Steampunk Fiction

Digital Pedagogy


Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta GA

Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Literature, Communication, and Culture. Fall 2008-present

Emory University, Atlanta GA

Instructor, Spring 2008

Dean’s Teaching Fellow, Fall 2004-Spring 2005

Graduate Teaching Associate, Fall 2002-Spring 2003

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Fall 2001-Spring 2002

Agnes Scott College, Decatur GA

Andrew W. Mellon Graduate Teaching Fellow, Fall 2005-Spring 2006

Instructor, Fall 2004-Summer 2005, Fall 2007


Recipient of two “Thank a Teacher” awards in recognition of excellence in teaching, Georgia Institute of Technology, April 2009

Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008-

Andrew W. Mellon Teaching Fellowship, Agnes Scott College, 2005-2006

Dean’s Teaching Fellowship, Emory University, 2004-2005

Graduate School Research Grant, Emory University, Summer 2003 (for archival work at the UK)

Yeats Summer School Graduate Fellowship (Sligo, Ireland), Emory University, August 2003

Arthur M. Blank/NEH Grant and Seminar on Teaching, Emory University, Spring 2003

James L. Whitfield Prize for Best Undergraduate Honors English Thesis, UNC-Chapel Hill, Spring 1998


“Charlotte Brontë’s Textual Relics:  Memorializing the Material in Villette.”  Brontë Studies. 35.2 (July 2010): 128-36

“Reading Time:  Capturing the Moment in Victorian Periodicals, Prose and Poetry.” Extended Review Essay.  Peer English:  The Journal of New Critical Thinking. Ed. Chris Louttit. 1 (2006): 56-63

“Curing Cultural Dis-ease:  Illness as Social Critique in the Novels of the Brontë Sisters.” (Review of Reading the Brontë Body:  Disease, Desire, and the Constraints of Culture by Beth Torgerson.) Nineteenth Century Gender Studies. 2.3 (2006)

Sister Carrie.” The Facts on File Companion to the American Novel. Ed. Abby Werlock.  New York:  Facts on File, 2006

“Baggy Monsters:  Re-Presenting the Victorian Novel.”  Loose Canons. 8.1 (2005): 9

“Watching Hardy, Watching Tess: Voyeurism and Fin de Siècle Angst in Tess of the D’Urbervilles.”  Seventh Annual GES Conference Proceedings. Texas Tech, Lubbock, 2002


“Bodies of Writing:  The Discursive Pleasures of Mr. Meeson’s Will.”  Essay has been accepted as a chapter in forthcoming volume on H. Rider Haggard (Eds. John Miller and Robbie McLaughlan).

“ ‘A Precious Relic’: David Copperfield’s Crocodile Book and Dickens’s Material Legacy.”  (Under review).

“The Use of Blogs as a Forum for Pre-writing in the English Composition Classroom.”  Article detailing an IRB approved research project conducted in my English 1102 class in spring 2009.  (In progress).

TEACHING EXPERIENCE (Courses devised and taught)


ENG 1101 Born Digital:  Navigating a World Gone Wired.”  This section of English 1101 will examine the new generation of people, material artifacts, and information that are “born digital.”  The questions that the phenomenon of being “born digital” raises are the focus of this class, questions like: how do we mediate between our “real” and our “digital” identities?; how does digital communication affect the way we interact?; what is lost when material things become digitized, like our photographs or our books?; how do we organize and store digital information?; will museums become obsolete?; and what kind of problems does digitization create?  Through an intensive process of reading, discussing, writing, and editing, students practice the communication and critical thinking skills that they will need as a Georgia Tech student, and as a citizen of the digital world. (Fall 2010)

ENG 1102 “Machines and Monsters:  Technology in Literature from Steam Engines to Steam Punk.” An intensive writing seminar which focused on the evolution of representations of  technology in literature.  The students used multi-modal communication techniques to complete a variety of assignments ranging from traditional literary analysis to personal blogs and multi-media final projects.  (Spring 2009)

ENG 1101 “From iPods to YouTube:  Writing and Identity in the Digital Age.” An intensive  writing seminar for first-year students which explored how identity is created and represented in different types of media and technology.  Students examined the rhetoric of identity and developed their own arguments for persuasion papers, proposals, and research projects.  (Fall  2008)


ESL: American Popular Culture. Intensive language course focused on improving the written, verbal, and listening skills of English language learners through the study of American Popular Culture. (Summer 2010)


ENG 212 Survey of British Literature since 1700.  Fall 2007, Summer 2005, Fall 2004

ENG 110 The Craft of  Writing: “Picking the Pulitzer:  Becoming a Modern Literary Critic.”   Fall 2007

ENG 355 Studies in Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Literature: “Hauntings: Negotiating the Past in Modern and Contemporary Fiction.”  Spring 2006

ENG 322 Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature:  “Victorian Drama.” Fall 2005

FYS 190 First Year Seminar: “Victorian Secrets: Understanding the Victorians in Texts and Contemporary Contexts.”  Spring 2005


ENG 101 Expository Writing:  “Memory and Identity.” Spring 2008

ENG 381/ WS 383 Topics in Women’s Literature: “Victorian Women Writers: Representing  Women in Victorian Poetry and Prose.”  Fall 2004

ENG 181 Writing about Literature: “Taking Back the Canon: Women Re-writing Classic Texts.” Spring 2004

ENG 181 Writing about Literature:  “Writing the Body/Bodies of Writing.” Spring 2003

ENG 110 Expository Writing:  “Revolutions in Texts and Contexts.” Fall 2002


Writing for College. Summer 2002

Essay Writing.  Summer 2004

Journalism:  Features & Editorials.  Summer 2004


English as a Foreign Language and Business English. May 1998-July 2000


“Materializing History:  The Artifacts of Steampunk.”  Dragon*Con 2009.  Atlanta, Georgia, September 2009

“Twittering and Blogging in the Classroom: Exploring the Potential (and Navigating the Pitfalls) of Social Networking Tools in Composition.”  Roundtable Discussion.  South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference. Atlanta, GA, November 2009

“Finding My Textual Relics: The Evolution of a Dissertation Project.”  Graduate English  Advisory Committee Annual Dissertation Colloquium.  Emory University, February 2008


“‘The Age of the Miniature Book’:  Nineteenth-Century Nostalgia and the Culture of Book Production.” North American Victorian Studies Association Conference.  Montreal, Canada.  November 2010

“The Art of Craft and the Craft of Art: The Neo-Victorian Aesthetics and Production of Steampunk.”  Conference on William Morris organized by the University of Deleware and the William Morris Association. Newark, DE, October  2010

“Traces of the Past:  Materiality and Nostalgia in A.S Byatt’s Possession.” South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference. Atlanta, GA, November 2009

“Reclaiming Charlotte Brontë’s The Green Dwarf.”  Victorians Institute Conference. University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, October 2008

“Textual Relics:  Memory and Materiality in the Victorian Novel.”  North American Victorian Studies Association Conference.  Victoria, BC. Canada, October 2007

“Brontë’s Lost Bodies: Textuality and Subjectivity in Jane Eyre and Villette.” Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century British Women Writers Conference. Lafayette, LA, April 2005

“Material Words: Victorian Textuality and Narrative.” Narrative International Conference.  Louisville, KY, April 2005

“Childhood Reading or Reading Childhood in Three Victorian Novels.” 26th Annual Nineteenth Century Studies Association Conference. Augusta, GA, March 2005

“‘The Opposite of Looking in the Mirror:’ Figures of the Traumatic Body in Autobiographical Narrative.”  Psychoanalytic Studies Program Graduate Paper Series, Emory University, April 2003

“David’s Two Bodies:  Relic, Transmission and Linguistic Anxiety in David Copperfield.” South Atlantic Modern Language Association. Baltimore, MD, November 2002

“Watching Hardy, Watching Tess: Voyeurism and Fin de Siècle Angst in Tess of the D’Urbervilles.”  Seventh Annual GES Conference. Texas Tech, Lubbock, TX February 2002


Chair and Moderator:  “Steampunk!  Revisions of Time and Technology.”  Special Session.  South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, November 2009

Co-Organizer:  Writing@Tech:  Poster Display and Presentation.  Celebrating Teaching Day 2009.  Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, March 2009

Co-Organizer:  The 2006 Richard Ellmann Lectures in Modern Literature by Mario Vargas Llosa.  Emory University, April 2006

Co-Organizer: The 2004 Richard Ellmann Lectures in Modern Literature by Salman Rushdie.  Emory University, October 2004

Chair/Organizer:  Sixth Annual English Department Graduate Student Colloquium, Emory University, Spring 2004

Chair and Moderator: English IV panel (Romantic and Victorian).  “Writing Bodies/Bodies of Writing in 19th Century British Literature.” South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference. Atlanta, Georgia, November 2003

Co-Organizer: Second and Third Annual English Department Pedagogy Colloquium, Emory University, 2002-2003


External Manuscript Reviewer:  South Atlantic Review (The Journal of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association).  Spring 2010

Member:  Communication Center Committee, School of Literature, Communication and Culture.  Georgia Institute of Technology. Summer 2009-present

Member:  World Englishes Committee, School of Literature, Communication and Culture.  Georgia Institute of Technology.  Summer 2009-present

Member:  Assessment Committee,  School of Language, Communication and Culture.  Georgia Institute of Technology.  Spring 2009

Participant:  Seminar on Digital Pedagogy.  Georgia Institute of Technology.  Fall 2008

Presenter:  “Graduate Students and Publications.”  Brown Bag Lunch Series.  English Department, Emory University, November 2007.

Participant:  “Technology, Literature, and Curriculum” Workshop.  Emory Center for Information Technology, Fall 2007.

Panelist: “Why Study Literature” roundtable discussion.  Emory University, January 2006

Chair: Graduate Concerns Committee, President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW).  Emory University, 2004-2005

Representative: Graduate English Advisory Committee, Emory University, 2001-2003

Co-Organizer: Brown Bag Lunch program, English Department, Emory University, 2001-2002

Tutor: Literacy Volunteers of America.  Atlanta, GA 2003-2005


Research Assistant. The Correspondence of Samuel Beckett. Emory University, 2000- 2005

Editorial Assistant. The Correspondence of Samuel Beckett. Emory University, 2004-2005

Writing Center Tutor.  ESL and general.  Emory University, Spring 2002


French and German (spoken and written near-fluency).


North American Victorian Studies Association 2007-

Nineteenth Century Studies Association 2005-

Southern Atlantic Modern Language Association 2002-

Modern Language Association 2000-


Available on request


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