PhD in English Student
555 Denney Hall
164 Annie and John Glenn Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210
Areas of Expertise
- Popular culture
- Victorian literature
- The Gothic
- Detective Fiction
- Print Culture
- MA, English, The Ohio State University, 2022
- BA, English, The Ohio State University, 2020
Rachel Stewart is a PhD Student studying nineteenth-century British literature, with expertise in historical popular culture/fiction and the Gothic, with a special fondness for vampires. Her research is interested in how popular Victorian fiction can be seen as phenomenological projects: exercises in experience through that which cannot be experienced such as haunted houses, vampires or ghosts.
Her most recent research has involved vampires that transcend the horror genre, offering a theoretical understanding of the creature to see trauma as a vampire in detective fiction, and explorations into how Florence Marryat's conception of the psychic vampire enters into conversation with Charles Darwin and Victorian theories of sympathy.