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Erin Johns Speese completed her Ph.D. in English Literature at West Virginia University. Her primary research focus includes British and American modernism--particularly the modernist novel. Her current book project, "The Modernist Sublime: The Intersubjective Sublime Subject in Faulkner, Forster, Lawrence, and Woolf," explores how modern novelists reimagined the sublime as an intersubjective experience between two Victorian parents. She is also working on a second book project entitled "The Chemistry of Literature," which looks at the relationship between the language of scientists as well as creative writers in Britain and the United States from the nineteenth century forward. She has taught various courses in a wide range of topics from literature, writing, and popular culture, including: "Modernist Identities and the Aesthetics of Form," "Science, the Mind, Identity, and British Literature from Romanticism to the Present," "Dystopian Spaces and Individual Identities," and "Superheroes, Super Geeks, the Supernatural, and the Magical as Cultural Critique."


  • Ph.D., English, West Virginia University, 2013
  • M.A., English, West Virginia University, 2007
  • B.A., English Literature, University of Pittsburgh, 2005

  • "Aren't We Guilty Too?: The Censorship of D.H. Lawrence in the Ivory Tower." Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge. 26 (2014). Web.
  • "‘Our feelings become impressed with the grandeur of Omnipotence': Mary Somerville's Feminine Scientific Sublime." Prose Studies: History, Theory, Criticism. 35.2 (2013): 171-188. Print.
  • "Raping Prejudice: Mary Hays's The Victim of Prejudice, Gender, and Rape." Work of Romanticism: Proceedings from the 2008 International Conference on Romanticism. Ed. Christopher R. Clason. Lewiston: Mellen P, 2011. Print.
  • "A Flip of the Coin: Gender Systems and Female Resistance in the Coen Brothers' No Country for Old Men." No Country for Old Men: From Novel to Film. Ed. Lynnea Chapman King, Rich Wallach, and Jim Welsh. Lanham: Scarecrow P, 2009. Print. With Kristin Smith.
  • "Welcome to Stars Hollow: Gilmore Girls, Utopia, and the Hyperreal." Gilmore Girls and the Politics of Identity: Essays on Family and Feminism in the Television Series. Ed. Ritch Kalvin. Jefferson: McFarland, 2008. Print.