Jill Galvan

Jill  Galvan

Jill Galvan

Associate Professor


533 Denney Hall
164 Annie & John Glenn Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Victorian literature and culture
  • Twentieth- and twenty-first-century fiction
  • Aesthetics and genre
  • Media theory and history


  • PhD, University of California – Los Angeles
  • MA, University of California – Los Angeles
  • BA, University of Texas – Austin

Jill Galvan’s first book was The Sympathetic Medium: Feminine Channeling, the Occult and Communication Technologies, 1859-1919 (Cornell University Press, 2010). More recently, her interests have turned to stories of marriage. She is co-editor of the essay collection Replotting Marriage in Nineteenth-Century British Literature (The Ohio State University Press, 2018). Her current monograph project, The Quiet Fight: Feeling, Time, and Realism in Wedlock Fiction, examines stories - of a type now very common in novels (and film and tv) - about couples whose love and marriage are strained in day-to-day life. Extending from the Victorians (George Eliot, Oscar Wilde and others) up to modern and contemporary authors (Virginia Woolf, James Baldwin, Jenny Offill, Tayari Jones and others), this book offers a new account of emotion, time, relationality and lived being in wedlock fiction. This fiction is fit for now: challenging and flexible in its representation of gender, race, history and the human.

Galvan was awarded the OSU English Undergraduate Organization's Professor of the Year in 2021. She regularly teaches on the long nineteenth century British literature, as well as modern and contemporary literature. Some topics of recent specialized courses: undoing Victorian realism; rethinking the marriage plot; the fin de siècle; Charles Dickens, satire and modern Gothic; and Oscar Wilde. 

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