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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). 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 the Form of Marriage Fiction, argues for a pervasive genre of story, now common in novels, film, and television, about ordinary love troubles within married couples. Ranging from the Victorians (George Eliot, Oscar Wilde, George Gissing and others) up to 20th- and 21st-century authors (Virginia Woolf, James Baldwin, Jenny Offill, Tayari Jones and others) and filmmakers (including Ingmar Bergman and Charles Burnett), this book offers a new account of character, emotion, time and relationality in wedlock fiction. This account deliberately shifts away from a focus on the marriage plot. Focusing instead on plots of everyday wedlock difficulty revises our sense of realism, allowing us to recognize how challenging and formally flexible it is in its representation of race, gender, 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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