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Rebecca May

Visiting Assistant Professor
McAnulty College of Liberal Arts
English

627 College Hall
Phone: 412-396-4115
mayr1@duq.edu

Education:

Ph.D., Literary and Cultural Studies, Carnegie Mellon University, 2009
M.A., Literary and Cultural Studies, Carnegie Mellon University, 2002
B.A., English and Creative Writing, Carnegie Mellon University, 2001
Publications

"'This shattered prison': Bodily Dissolution, Wuthering Heights and Joseph Maclise's Dissection Manuals." Nineteenth-Century Contexts 33.5 (2011): 415-436.

"Morbid Parts: Gender, Seduction and the Necro-Gaze," Sexual Perversions, 1670-1890. Ed. Julie Peakman. New York and London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. pp. 167-201.

Presentations

"'I went into my laboratory to plan murder ... on the biggest scale it has ever been planned.;" The Beetle's Sydney Atherton as Vivisector-Hero," EAPSU, Slippery Rock PA, October 2015.

"Cork Legs and Steam Arms: Mechanical Surgery, and the Manufacture and Marketing of Artificial Limbs in Nineteenth-Century Britain and America," Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference, Georgia Institute of Technology, April 2015.

"Bodies Yet Unknown: Gothic Literature, Vivisection, and the Physiological Sublime," Interdisciplinary Nineteenth=Century Studies Conference, U Houston, March 2014.

Anatomy and the Book for Dr. Thora P. Brylowe's course Book History, University of Pittsburgh, Department of English. September 16, 2014. Falk Library of the Health Sciences, Rare Books and Special Collections Room.

Anatomical Atlases from Vesalius to Gray's Anatomy for Dr. Drew Armstrong's course Configuring Disciplines: Representation in the Human and Natural Sciences, University of Pittsburgh Department of History of Art and Architecture, January 23 and 30, 2014. Falk Library of the Health Sciences, Rare Books and Special Collections Room.

"Prurient Didacticism?: The Social Life of Anatomical Specimens in Nineteenth-Century Britain," Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference, U Virginia, March 2013.

"Joseph Maclise and Nineteenth-Century Anatomical Illustration," Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference, U Kentucky, March 2012.

"Teaching Literature in a Science-Based Curriculum: A Science Fiction Syllabus," invited lecture, Weill Cornell Medical College, Qatar, November 2011.

"Joseph Maclise and the Anatomical Arts Tradition," Pennsylvania Medical Humanities Consortium, Philadelphia, PA, May 2010.

"Alter the Body, Alter the Being: Vivisection as Intervention in The Island of Dr. Moreau," Pennsylvania Medical Humanities Consortium, Hershey, PA, May 2009.

"Gender, the Gothic and the Necro-Gaze," conference on Benjamin Robert Haydon, Romanticism and the Visual Arts: Romantic Painting, Cincinnati, OH, November 2008.

"Gender, Reproduction and Illness in Bram Stoker's Dracula," The Pennsylvania Medical Humanities Consortium, Pittsburgh, PA, May 2008.

"Discursive Violence in the Classroom: Re-examining the Problem of the Material Effects of Discourse," with Jennifer Andrus, National Communication Association Conference, November 2005.

"Hot, Monstrous and Hungry: Poppy Z. Brite's Orientalist Gothic," International Gothic Association, Montreal, Canada, August 2005.

Courses

Healthcare and Literature

Thinking and Writing across the Curriculum

Imaginative Literature and Critical Writing

College Writing Interpreting Literature

Interpretation and Argument

Shakespeare's Histories and Tragedies

Shakespeare's Comedies and Romances

Nineteenth-Century Science Fiction

The Victorian Novel

British Literature of the Romantic Period

Introduction to Gender Studies

Advanced Gender Studies

Fin de Siècle Gothic

The Brontës