Rachel Stewart

Rachel Stewart

Rachel Stewart

PhD in English Student



555 Denney Hall
164 Annie and John Glenn Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Popular culture
  • Victorian literature
  • The Gothic
  • Vampires
  • 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. 

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