Emily K. Cody is a PhD student in English language and literature specializing in nineteenth-century British literature and gender studies at The Ohio State University. She earned her BA (English and History) in 2009 from Texas Christian University, where she continued to serve as a research assistant, teaching assistant, Writing Associate Tutor, and Writing Center Consultant post-graduation. From 2010-2011, TCU Press employed her as a publications assistant who aided editorial processes, managed web-based material, and maintained personal networks. She edits and writes for the “Virtually Victorian” section of Novel Ideas.
Although Emily identifies as a Victorianist, transatlanticism consistently informs her approach to scholarship. Within this framework she investigates British and American female authors and the ways they negotiate varying gender issues. Her research engages the burgeoning field of animal studies and its potential to foster new understandings of nineteenth-century women: why women parallel themselves with certain animals, why others associate women with particular animals, and how such juxtapositions generate discourse about the implications of gender. More specific interests include the life and works of Elizabeth Gaskell and nineteenth-century depictions of witches, witchcraft, and the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. Her research also intersects with facets of narrative theory – especially feminist narrative theory, theories of narrative space, and the appropriation of animals in narrative forms.
Emily’s chapter “Grave Matters: Gothic Places and Dynamic Spaces in Elizabeth Gaskell’s Mary Barton” will appear in Place, Progress, and Personhood in the Works of Elizabeth Gaskell: An Edited Collection (under contract with Ashgate) as part of Gaskell Project 2015. She also serves as the web coordinator for the Midwest Victorian Studies Association (MVSA), an interdisciplinary organization interested in all things Victorian. She makes her literary habitat in Columbus, where she collects (often against her better financial judgment) signatures, rare books, nineteenth-century ephemera, and all manner of period costumes.
Trey Conatser is a PhD Candidate in British Romantic Literature and Digital Media Studies at The Ohio State University. He previously attended the University of Nebraska and the University of Texas at Arlington, and taught rhetoric and writing as an adjunct instructor at Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis. He edits and writes for the “Reason & Romanticism” section of Novel Ideas.
Trey is beginning to work on a dissertation on confessional writing and representations of confession in British Romantic literature: from auricular confession in Gothic literature to public confession in juridical situations, from repetition in the ballad to the lyrical turn. Ultimately, Trey’s dissertation seeks a poetics of Romantic confession that practices the “technologies of the self” that Michel Foucault posits as the most empowering alternative to a metonymic model of confession in which crimes signify criminals, transgressions signify delinquents, and actions signify identities. Broadly, Trey’s research and teaching interests encompass 18th- and 19th-century British literature, poetry and poetics, drama and theatre history, rhetoric and pedagogy, digital media studies and digital humanities, and creative writing.
Trey has taught in the First-Year Writing Program at Ohio State, including a composition course for which students composed all assignments in an extensible markup language (XML) editor, on a shared file that was transformed into a website that allowed them to explore their work dynamically. He has also served as a Writing Center Consultant for the Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing, a Digital Media and Pedagogy Consultant for The Digital Media Project, and is the current Associate Director of the Digital Media and Composition (DMAC) Institute, an annual seminar for faculty and graduate students on the effective use of digital media in the composition classroom. Trey is a Core Committee Member of the Digital Arts and Humanities Working Group at Ohio State and has served as the President of the English Graduate Organization. For Trey’s publications, presentations, service, and other information, see his CV.