Megan Arkenberg

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256 Voorhies
Office Hours
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Currently Teaching:

  • 010B - Literatures in English II: 1700-1900


Research Interests
My research interests include Romantic and Victorian literature; literature and science (including literature and neurology, literature and psychology, and the medical humanities); Queer Theory and the history of sexuality; aestheticism, Decadence, and the late Victorian Gothic; the history of science fiction; and narrative studies.

"Cuteness and Control in Portal." The Aesthetics and Affects of Cuteness. Ed. Joshua Paul Dale, Joyce Goggin, Julia Leyda, Anthony P. McIntyre, and Diane Negra. New York and London: Routledge, 2016.

"'A Mayde, and Last of Youre Blood': Galahad's Asexuality and its Significance in Le Morte Darthur." Arthuriana 24.3 (2014): 3-22.

Recent fiction publications include Asimov's Science Fiction, Nightmare Magazine, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. For more information, visit 

Sally Mitchell Prize, 2019
William H. Scheuerle Graduate Student Paper Award, 2018

Conference Presentations
“‘I have Novel on the Brain’: Vernon Lee’s Neural Media.” North American Victorian Studies Association, Columbus OH, October 17-19, 2019.

"'Like a Thing of My Own Invention’: Memory and Imagination in the work of Vernon Lee.” Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies, Dallas TX, March 21-24, 2019.

"Metaphor and Future Science in Arthur Machen's Neurological Gothic.” Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States, Palm Springs CA, November 8-10. 2018.

"Flaneur Physiologies." Research Society for Victorian Periodicals / Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada, Victoria BC, July 26-28, 2018.

"Plotting the Brain: Arthur Machen's 'Unbroken Material Successsion.'" Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies, San Francisco CA, March 1-4, 2018.

"H. G. Wells and the Evoution of Cannibalism." North American Victorian Studies Association, Banff AB, November 15-18, 2017.

"Repeated Forms and Regenerative Substances in Gothic Reproductive Bodies." Northeast Modern Language Association, Baltimore MD, March 23-26, 2017.

"'That's a Very Queer Story': The Queerness of Style in Arthur Machen's 'The White People.'" American Comparative Literature Association, Cambridge MA, March 17-20, 2016. 

"Queer Ghosts and Peculiar Children in two stories by Nisi Shawl." Science Fiction Research Association, Madison WI, May 22-25, 2014.

Other Conference Participation
Dickens Universe 2016

English Department
ENL 133: Nineteenth-Century British Literature, Fall 2023
ENL 40: Introductory Topics in Literature: Science (In) Fiction, Winter 2021
ENL 3: Introduction to Literature, Fall 2017 - Present
ENL3a: Writer's Workshop, Spring 2019 - Present

University Writing Program
UWP 1: Expository Writing, Fall 2015 - Summer 2017

Teaching Assistant
ENL 173 / STS 173: Science Fiction, Spring 2020
ENL 155: The Eighteenth-Century British Novel,  Spring 2015
ENL 130: British Romantic Literature, Winter 2015
ENL 113B: Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Fall 2014

Student Teacher
Central Middle School (Waukesha, WI), April - June 2013
Waukesha West High School (Waukesha, WI), January - April 2013
Todd County Middle School (Mission, SD), January 2013

Teaching Assistant Consultant, Winter 2020
Co-Chair, UC Davis Victorian Reading Group ("Baggy Novel Group"), 2017-2018
Co-Chair, English Graduate Student Association, 2016-2017
Secretary/Treasurer, EGSA, 2015-2016
Women's Caucus Co-chair, EGSA, 2014-15

Ph.D. in English Literature, UC Davis, 2023.
B.A. in English Language and Literature and Secondary Education, Carroll University, 2013.

Other Experience
Short Fiction and Poetry Awards
Rhysling Award (2012, 2013, 2015)
Asimov's Readers' Poll (2013)

Seiun Award (2014)
WSFA Small Press Award (2012)
Pushcart Prize (2015, 2014, 2010). 

Nonfiction editor for Queers Destroy Horror!, a special issue of Nightmare Magazine (2015)
Editor-in-chief for the online magazine Mirror Dance (2008 - 2023)
Editor-in-chief for Lacuna: A Journal of Historical Fiction (2009 - 2013)