553 Denney Hall
Areas of Expertise
- Victorian literature and culture
- Early twentieth-century British literature
- Realism and the novel
- Victorian and early twentieth-century occultism
- Victorian media history
- PhD, University of California – Los Angeles
- MA, University of California – Los Angeles
- BA, University of Texas – Austin
Jill Galvan is the author of The Sympathetic Medium: Feminine Channeling, the Occult and Communication Technologies, 1859-1919. Her past research has focused on long nineteenth-century media technologies, spiritualism, mesmerism and psychical research and on both Victorian and contemporary ideas of the posthuman. She is co-editor, with Elsie Michie, of the essay collection Replotting Marriage in Nineteenth-Century British Literature. Her current monograph project, After Romance: Alienated Marriage and Modern Character Realism, examines the formal dimensions of character in late Victorian and early twentieth-century marriage stories. She was lead organizer of the NAVSA 2019 conference.
She regularly teaches courses on the novel and poetry of long nineteenth-century Britain, and recent specialized courses have included topics in Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde, the Gothic, the fin de siècle, and the family/marriage plot.
- “Character.” Victorian Literature and Culture, vol. 46, no. 3/4, 2018, pp. 612-16. (Keywords issue.)
- Replotting Marriage in Nineteenth-Century British Literature. Co-edited with Elsie Michie. The Ohio State University Press, 2018.
- “Occult Networks and the Legacy of the Indian Rebellion in Bram Stoker’s Dracula.” History of Religions, vol. 54, no. 4, 2015, pp. 434-58. (Winner of annual INCS essay prize.)
- "Corelli’s Caliban in a Glass: Realism, Anti-Realism and The Sorrows of Satan." English Literature in Transition 1880-1920, vol. 57, 2014, pp. 335-60.
- "Tennyson's Ghosts: The Psychical Research Case of the Cross-Correspondences, 1901-c. 1936.” BRANCH: Britain, Representation and Nineteenth-Century History, ed. Dino Franco Felluga. (Extension of Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net, 2012).
- "The Victorian Post-Human: Information, Transmission and the Séance." The Ashgate Research Companion to Nineteenth-Century Spiritualism and the Occult, ed. Tatiana Kontou and Sarah Willburn. (Ashgate, 2012).