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Lauren Peterson is a PhD candidate who studies nineteenth-century transatlantic literature. Her dissertation focuses on mid-nineteenth-century literary depictions of haunted and interconnected locales of industry, and the project is currently titled Industrial Specters of Nineteenth-Century Literature: Mills, Ports, and Mines. Selections of Lauren's dissertation have been published in Literary Geographies (2019), Venti (2021), and Gothic Nature (2022).
Western Washington University | Bellingham, Washington
M.A. in English Studies | September 2013 – June 2015
Recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Spring 2015
Walla Walla University | College Place, Washington
B.A. in English, Chemistry Minor, Honors Program | September 2008 – June 2012
Recipient of Senior English Scholarship, Spring 2012
Recipient of Thomas Hampson Humanities Merit Scholarship, Spring 2011
Recipient of Norma S. Gardner Memorial English Scholarship, Spring 2011
UC Davis: UWP 1, UWP 1Y, ENL 3, ENL 3A, and ENL 44
Western Washington University: College Composition
Scholars Symposium Co-Chair | English Graduate Student Association | Fall 2019 – 2021
Graduate Student Association Representative for English | UC Davis | Fall 2018 – Spring 2019
Graduate Student Mentor | UC Davis | September 2017 - Present
Poetry Editor | Bellingham Review | Western Washington University | Fall 2014 – Spring 2015
Publications and Selected Conference Presentations:
"Labored Breathing, Coughing Specters: Mary Barton's Depictions of Manchester's 'Invisible Evil.'" Venti, vol. 2, no. 1, 2021.
"Miasmatic Ghosts in Rebecca Harding Davis's 'Life in the Iron-Mills.'" Literary Geographies,
vol. 5, no.1, 2019, pp. 39-53.
Selected Conference Presentations:
The Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States, Nov 2019
"Serial Extraction, Extractive Serials: Exhaustive Mining in Nostromo and Treasure Island"
The Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States, Nov 2018
"Designing the Victorian Serial: Prophecy in The Woman in White"
The 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University, May 2016
“Inside the Faerie Castle’s Gate: Sir Orfeo’s Portrayal of Purgatory”
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association’s 2015 Conference
“‘Taken from Her Own Mouth’: Reduplicating Elizabeth Hanson, Revising Hannah Dustan”
University of California, Riverside’s “(dis)junctions 2015: Strange Bedfellows” Conference
“‘A Maniac Scattering Dust’: Special Relativity, According to Tennyson’s In Memoriam”
Simon Fraser University’s “Silence and Documentation” Conference, July 2015
“Resisting the ‘Incitement to Discourse’ in Forster’s Maurice”
The Poe Studies Association’s Fourth International Edgar Allan Poe Conference, February 2015
“‘The Fall of the House of Usher’: Poe’s Veiled Critique of Gothic Contemporaries”